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Generation gap: ensuring a fair go for younger Australians

REPORT

by Danielle Wood and Kate Griffiths

Today’s young Australians are falling behind. If low wage growth and fewer working hours is the new normal, we could have a generation emerge from young adulthood with lower living standards than the one before it at the same age.

  • Danielle Wood

    Budget Policy and Institutional Reform Program Director

    Danielle Wood

    Danielle has more than 15 years’ experience as an economist working in government, consulting and the not-for-profit sector.

    Danielle is currently the Budget Policy and Institutional Reform Program Director at the Grattan Institute where her research and advocacy efforts focus on economic policy, including tax and budgets, inequality, and government integrity.

    Danielle previously worked as Principal Economist and Mergers Director at the ACCC, Senior Consultant at NERA Economic Consulting, and as a Senior Research Economist at the Productivity Commission.

    Danielle has a Masters of Commerce (Economics) and a Masters in Competition Law from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Adelaide.

    Danielle is the national President of the Economic Society of Australia and the Chair of the Women in Economics Network.

  • Brendan Coates Headshot

    Household Finances Program Director

    Brendan Coates

    Brendan’s research focuses on tax reform, economic and budget policy, retirement incomes and superannuation, housing, transport infrastructure and cities. Before Grattan, Brendan worked as a macro-financial economist with the World Bank in Indonesia and Latin America, and prior to that, he undertook a number of roles with the Australian Treasury in areas such as tax-transfer system reform, financial and commodities markets analysis and macro-economic forecasting, including as part of the Treasury’s China Policy Unit. Brendan holds a Masters of International Development Economics from the Australian National University and Bachelors of Commerce and Arts from the University of Melbourne.