Peter Harris & Jonathan Coppel

Chairman of the Productivity Commission & Full-Time Commissioner
'Rising Inequality? A stocktake of the evidence'
Tuesday, 28 August 2018
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm
Canberra - 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

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Inequality is a hotly debated topic around the world. But has inequality worsened in Australia in recent years? The Productivity Commission has completed a comprehensive, evidence‑based study to uncover trends in inequality in the context of 25 years of sustained economic growth.

Join Peter Harris, Chair of the Productivity Commission, and Commissioner Jonathan Coppel at the launch of the report on ‘Rising Inequality? A stocktake of the evidence’ for a stimulating discussion around a topic that is conditioning many public policy debates. The speakers will make us think about the issues surrounding inequality by looking at some of the evidence presented in the report.

Many questions about inequality will be addressed, including:

·         How has income and wealth inequality changed over time?

·         How do we compare internationally?

·         What role does economic mobility play in mitigating inequality?

Both speakers will take questions on the study and related issues, including how the study relates to the recent ‘Shifting the Dial: 5 Year Productivity Review’.

This will be Peter Harris’s last major public address before his departure from the Productivity Commission in September. So this will also be an opportunity to explore a set of broader issues.

Peter Harris
Peter Harris is Chairman of the Productivity Commission. Mr Harris has previously served as Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, and the Victorian Government agencies responsible for Sustainability and the Environment; Primary Industries; and Public Transport. Peter announced earlier this year that he would not seek reappointment as Chair of the Productivity Commission and his term will come to an end in September of this year.



Jonathan Coppel
Jonathan Coppel was appointed as a full-time Commissioner in July 2011. Jonathan is an economist with extensive international and domestic experience advising governments on macroeconomic, investment, energy, social, environmental and regulatory policy. Prior to his appointment, Jonathan was Head of the OECD G20 Sherpa Office and in Australia has held senior management positions at the Reserve Bank.