The One Issue, Two Voices publication series was created to stimulate dialogue on public policy issues by providing both an American and Canadian view on a subject important to the bilateral relationship. In the seventh issue, authors Glen Hodgson of the Conference Board of Canada, and Jack Triplett of the Brookings Institution compare and contrast the widening gap between Canada and the United States in terms of economic productivity.

Each author critically assesses the current state of his country's economy. Hodgson succinctly describes Canada's lagging productivity and need for implementation of a national business and regulatory environment. Conversely, Triplett's picture is of a robust services sector which has served to transform the United States formerly stagnant productivity level.

This publication launch coincided with an event at the Woodrow Wilson Center on June 28, 2007. The launch featured presentations from the authors on their papers, followed by a panel discussion to debate their findings. The session was moderated by Howard Rosen, executive director of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Coalition and visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

A second event is scheduled to be held in Toronto, Ontario on September 24th, where the two authors will present their findings on the issue to a Canadian audience. For more information on this event, please visit the events page.. A copy of this publication is also available and can be downloaded here.

The Canada Institute thanks both authors for their contributions to this topic in the ongoing bilateral dialogue. We would also like to thank the Canada Institute on North American Issues for its support of our One Issue, Two Voices series.