Drawing on expertise from both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, the One Issue, Two Voices series is designed to stimulate dialogue on policy issues that have a significant impact on the bilateral relationship. This seventh issue took a comparative look at the economic performance of Canada and the United States from the standpoint of the widening productivity gap between the two countries.

Panelists Glen Hodgson and Jack Triplett first made presentations comparing how our countries measure up in terms of productivity and competitiveness, which was then followed by a session to debate their findings. The panel was moderated by Daniel Trefler, the J. Douglas and Ruth Grant Chair in Competitiveness and Prosperity at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He is also a member of the Economic Growth Program at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. This timely discussion was of particular relevance to economists, government policy analysts, members of the academic and business communities, and others with an interest in productivity and the economic relationship between Canada and the United States.