Stephen Kirchner

Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute

Stephen Kirchner, Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, is the Program Director for Trade and Investment at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. An expert in monetary and fiscal policy, financial markets, and trade economics, Mr. Kirchner was formerly a research fellow at Australia's Centre for Independent Studies, an economist with Action Economics, LLC and a former director of economic research with Standard & Poor's Institutional Market Services, based in Sydney and Singapore. He has also worked as an advisor to members of the Australian House of Representatives and Senate.

Mr. Kirchner holds a BA (Hons) from the Australian National University, a Master of Economics (Hons) from Macquarie University, and a PhD in Economics from the University of New South Wales. He blogs at www.institutional-economics.com and is active on Twitter (@insteconomics).

Recent Research by Stephen Kirchner

— Jul 12, 2022
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The Canadian-Australian Business Sector Productivity Gap: A Sectoral Analysis

The Canadian-Australian Business Sector Productivity Gap: A Sectoral Analysis is a new study that finds Australians enjoyed higher labour productivity growth than Canadians due largely to improvements in their mining and energy sectors. Critically, Australia experienced an improved labour productivity per worker, on average, by 1.6 per cent every year, compared to Canada's 1.3 per cent annual growth.

— Mar 15, 2022
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Understanding the Prosperity Gap between Australia and Canada

Understanding the Prosperity Gap between Australia and Canada finds that from roughly the early 1950s to 2008, Canadians enjoyed a higher standard of living (as measured by per-person GDP, after adjusting for inflation) than Australians—but that advantage has been reversed since 2009 due in part to diverging levels of business investment.

— Aug 11, 2015
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Lessons for Ontario and Canada from Forced Retirement Saving Mandates in Australia

Lessons for Ontario and Canada from Forced Retirement Saving Mandates in Australia examines the options available to the Ontario government for designing its mandatory provincial pension program.  Specifically, it notes that Australia’s system of forced individual retirement saving accounts — which more closely resemble Canada’s RRSP’s — could serve as a model instead of the Canada Pension Plan.