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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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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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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
16 Dec 2016
Divya Skene
This week’s articles reflect themes of economic growth and transition, with a Pacific focus.
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
9 Dec 2016
Divya Skene
This week’s readings focus on the adoption of internet finance by Asian consumers, and insights from travelling economists.
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
2 Dec 2016
Divya Skene
This week’s readings include new research on the link between human freedoms and income, business opportunities in ‘frontier’ economies and the role of international education in influencing elites ve ...
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International Trade
Income levels are important in determining education export opportunities
2 Dec 2016
Tim Quinn
In 2015-16 the value of exports of education travel-related services grew 9.4 per cent in 2015-16 to A$19.9 billion.
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
25 Nov 2016
Divya Skene
This week’s readings focus on trade policy in the United States and Australia’s economic exceptionalism.
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