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USA and Australia share growing pains

14 March 2013

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The HC Coombs Policy Forum is a strategic collaboration between the Australian Government and ANU, at the Crawford School of Public Policy. It focuses on supporting policy-relevant exploratory and experimental work at the interface between government and academia.

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The long-term challenges facing Australia to sustain productivity growth, and what we can learn from the US experience, are the focus of a two-day HC Coombs Policy Forum conference starting on Monday.

The event will bring together leading researchers from Harvard University and the Crawford School of Public Policy, as well as policy makers from the Australian Government, to discuss the issues.

Co-chair of the event, Dr Christopher Vas from ANU said that while the US and Australian economies are quite different, there is much each country could learn from the other about maintaining and sustaining productivity growth.

“Australia faces many social and economic challenges in sustaining long-term productive growth beyond the mineral resources boom,” said Dr Vas.

“Whilst the context in the United States differs in important ways, similar challenges are faced.

“Both share concerns around future economic growth, trends in poverty and inequality, productivity and employment levels, alongside a range of other issues that affect well-being.”

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