Weakness in wages growth has been called a "crisis" in Australia and fixing the issue is proving a puzzle for policymakers.
In the United States, unemployment is at record lows but debates over income inequality are informing populist politics on both the left and the right.
To help examine how governments and business can tackle these issues in Australia and the United States, the Global Head of Economic Research at Indeed.com Martha Gimbel appeared in discussion with the USSC's Trade and Investment Program Director Dr Stephen Kirchner while she was in Australia.
Dr Kirchner also launched his latest research at the event, which looks at the link between productivity and compensation for workers in Australia and the United States.
Global Head of Economic Research, Indeed.com
Martha Gimbel is the Global Head of Economic Research at Indeed.com. Previously she was the Research Director and Senior Economist at the Joint Economic Committee on Capitol Hill, a senior policy advisor to the Secretary of Labor, and an economist at the Council of Economic Advisers focusing on labor market issues.
Dr Stephen Kirchner
Dr Stephen Kirchner was Director of the International Economy Program at the United States Studies Centre until April 2022. He is a senior fellow at the Fraser Institute in Canada, where he has contributed to research projects comparing public policies in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Previously, he was an economist with the Australian Financial Markets Association, where he worked on public policy issues relating to the efficient and effective functioning of Australian financial markets and Australia’s position as a regional and international financial centre.