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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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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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International Trade | Visitor Economy | Diaspora
Local drivers of short-term visitors to Australia
23 Nov 2016
Divya Skene
While Australia offers more than sightseeing and textbooks, tourism and education exports remain strong drivers of Australia’s services exports by value, accounting for seventy-one per cent of these i ...
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
18 Nov 2016
Divya Skene
This week’s readings include an assessment by Petersen Institute of key factors that will influence US economic growth, and recent thoughts of local policy-makers on trade policy and economic diplomac ...
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International Trade | Global Value Chains | AIBS 2016
AIBS 2016: Why do Australian firms participate in global value chains?
16 Nov 2016
Divya Skene
In the AIBS 2016 survey we asked questions on global value chains (GVCs), also known as global production networks, for the first time, and the exercise gave us insight into the reasons why firms chos ...
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
11 Nov 2016
Divya Skene
This week’s readings consider the future of US trade policy, and include findings from ANZ’s survey of Australian businesses operating in Asia.
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International Trade | Global Value Chains
Australia’s performance in global value chains
9 Nov 2016
Divya Skene
The concept of ‘global value chains’ (or ‘global production networks’) describes when different stages of a production process for a good/service are located across different countries.
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Australian Economy | International Trade
Time and cost to trade: How does Australia compare?
9 Nov 2016
Mark Thirlwell
Even though we know that trade costs can have a substantial impact on export and import flows, there’s still a fair amount of uncertainty about exactly how large they are and how they are changing ove ...
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
4 Nov 2016
Divya Skene
This week’s readings focus on global talent flows, and compare productivity across TPP countries
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