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Led by Chief Economist Mark Thirlwell, the Economics at Austrade team are responsible for analysing the major trends and events in the Australian and international economies that help shape Austrade’s operating environment.

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Benchmark Report
Core arguments and facts of the 2017 Benchmark Report: Talent
6 Feb 2017
Edmund Tang
Following my previous post, where I discussed the topic of industry, I want to look in more detail at another key strength of Australia highlighted in the Benchmark Report – talent.
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
3 Feb 2017
Divya Skene
We start the year with a look back at Australia’s response to a changing international trading environment.
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Benchmark Report
Core arguments and facts of the 2017 Benchmark Report: Industry
31 Jan 2017
Edmund Tang
Following my previous post, where I discussed the topic of growth, I want to look in more detail at another key strength of Australia highlighted in the Benchmark Report – industry.
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Benchmark Report
Core arguments and facts of the 2017 Benchmark Report: Growth
30 Jan 2017
Edmund Tang
Following my previous post where I introduced the 2017 Benchmark Report (BMR), I want to look in a bit more detail at some of the core arguments and facts of the BMR.
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Chinese Economy | International Trade | E-Commerce | Diaspora
Diverse pathways to China’s consumers
24 Jan 2017
Divya Skene
For Australian companies, operating in China is a recognised challenge.
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International Trade | World Economy
Steady as she goes (maybe): IMF updates its global outlook for trade and growth
18 Jan 2017
Mark Thirlwell
The IMF has released the January update to its world economic outlook (WEO). The projection for global growth is unchanged from the previous round of forecasts the Fund released last October, with wo ...
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Benchmark Report
Introducing the new 2017 Benchmark Report
16 Jan 2017
Edmund Tang
The 2017 Benchmark Report (BMR) was released today by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade).
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Australian Economy | International Trade
Australia’s export performance updated: Resources, energy and the outlook
16 Jan 2017
Mark Thirlwell
I want to update the story on how Australian exports performed over 2015-16 and examine how the past few months’ data have changed the picture.
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Australian Economy | Chinese Economy | International Trade | Japanese Economy | Visitor Economy | US Economy | ASEAN
Australia’s export performance in 2015-16
13 Jan 2017
Mark Thirlwell
This post takes a (slightly belated) look at how Australia’s exports fared over the last financial year (2015-16 or FY2016).
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Australian Economy | International Trade | Visitor Economy
Visitor Economy exports worth $45 billion in 2015-16
22 Dec 2016
Tim Quinn
Growth in education and tourism exports has been strong in recent years, driven by rising incomes, improved competitiveness, expanding capacity, and a well-recognised product. Considered together thes ...
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