Stephen Kirchner

Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute

Stephen Kirchner, Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, is the Program Director for Trade and Investment at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. An expert in monetary and fiscal policy, financial markets, and trade economics, Mr. Kirchner was formerly a research fellow at Australia's Centre for Independent Studies, an economist with Action Economics, LLC and a former director of economic research with Standard & Poor's Institutional Market Services, based in Sydney and Singapore. He has also worked as an advisor to members of the Australian House of Representatives and Senate.

Mr. Kirchner holds a BA (Hons) from the Australian National University, a Master of Economics (Hons) from Macquarie University, and a PhD in Economics from the University of New South Wales. He blogs at and is active on Twitter (@insteconomics).

Recent Research by Stephen Kirchner

— Aug 11, 2015
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Lessons for Ontario and Canada from Forced Retirement Saving Mandates in Australia

Lessons for Ontario and Canada from Forced Retirement Saving Mandates in Australia examines the options available to the Ontario government for designing its mandatory provincial pension program.  Specifically, it notes that Australia’s system of forced individual retirement saving accounts — which more closely resemble Canada’s RRSP’s — could serve as a model instead of the Canada Pension Plan.

— Dec 3, 2013
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Canada and Australia share many common cultural, economic, governmental, political, and socio-economic characteristics, yet few researchers have carried out comparative analyses of their public policy experiences. These two papers— the first by Stephen Kirchner, the second by Sean Speer and Jason Clemens— are another step in the Fraser Institute's effort to fill this gap.