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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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Australian Economy | AIBS 2016
The ‘internationalisation’ of the Australian economy
30 Aug 2016Mark Thirlwell
This week I gave a guest lecture at The University of Sydney Business School on how, where and when Australian businesses go international.
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International Trade | AIBS 2016
AIBS 2016: First international markets
26 Aug 2016
Mark Thirlwell
For the first time in our survey series, in AIBS 2016 we asked respondents to tell us about the first overseas market from which their business had earned overseas revenue.
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International Investment | AIBS 2016
AIBS 2016: A look at our data on investment flows
26 Aug 2016
Mark Thirlwell
In my previous post I reviewed the breadth of international business activities engaged in by our AIBS 2016 respondents. In this year’s survey we decided to dig into these numbers in a little more de ...
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International Trade | International Investment | AIBS 2016
AIBS 2016: The breadth of international business activity, revisited
25 Aug 2016
Mark Thirlwell
One of the findings I highlighted from AIBS 2015 was the breadth of international business activity undertaken by the Australian firms we surveyed. The results from AIBS 2016 confirm this result.
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Australian Economy
A Vote of Confidence: Moody's affirms Australia's Aaa rating; maintains stable outlook
24 Aug 2016
Edmund Tang
Following the latest assessments of Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and Fitch in July, Moody’s Investors Service is the latest major agency to have reaffirmed its view on Australia’s Aaa rating.
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Australian Economy | International Trade | International Investment | AIBS 2016 | ASEAN
Australia-ASEAN Business Relations
24 Aug 2016
Mark Thirlwell
Last week I spoke at the Australia-ASEAN Business Relations conference in Brisbane.
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
19 Aug 2016
Divya Skene
This week’s readings have a strong focus on Australia’s International Business Survey (AIBS) given its release this week, and also cover important themes for Australia in Asia – the Australia-China bi ...
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International Trade | Japanese Economy | AIBS 2016 | US Economy
AIBS 2016: Learning from peers’ international experiences
18 Aug 2016
Divya Skene
The market results of this year’s AIBS survey provide internationally-active businesses some insight into the experience of their peers.
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AIBS 2016
AIBS 2016: Outlook, top target markets, and key risks to international business
18 Aug 2016
Mark Thirlwell
I’ve noted a few times on this blog the challenging environment facing global trade. In that context, one powerful message from the survey results contained in AIBS 2016 is the continued optimism ex ...
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AIBS 2016
AIBS 2016: A look at our respondents
18 Aug 2016
Mark Thirlwell
AIBS 2016 is one of the largest and most detailed surveys of Australia’s internationally-active businesses: this latest survey captures the views of 913 businesses operating across more than 100 inter ...
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