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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
Cost competitive Australian cities are well positioned to attract more global businesses
30 Jun 2016Edmund Tang
The cost of living for expatriates in all Australian major capital cities has fallen significantly, according to Mercer’s 22nd annual survey in 2016, primarily due to a continued depreciation of our c ...
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Australian Economy | International Trade
Australian exporters by the numbers, 2014-15
29 Jun 2016
Mark Thirlwell
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the latest edition of its Characteristics of Australian Exporters, which provides exporter counts for 2014-15, including an improved estimate of ...
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Australian Economy | Chinese Economy | International Trade | World Economy | International Investment | Visitor Economy | E-Commerce
How Australia’s trade and FDI is adjusting to the changing world economy
28 Jun 2016
Mark Thirlwell
Last week, I gave a presentation in Perth looking at how Australia’s trade and investment profile has been adapting to quite different external economic circumstances.
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Australian Economy | International Investment | GDP | Productivity
Australia’s Multifactor Productivity up Fourth Year in a Row
28 Jun 2016
Edmund Tang
Following an increase of 0.6 per cent in FY2013-14, Australia’s 12-industry multifactor productivity in the market sector is estimated to have grown by 0.8 per cent in FY2014-15 , according to a rece ...
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Australian Economy | World Economy | International Investment
Global FDI inflows surged in 2015 on the back of strong M&A activity in developed economies
27 Jun 2016
Mark Thirlwell
UNCTAD released their flagship World Investment Report last week, setting out the state of global foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2015. We got a preview of the results back at the start of this ye ...
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
24 Jun 2016
Divya Skene
This week’s readings look to the future scenarios and challenges, with a focus on Europe, US, India and trade policy.
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
17 Jun 2016
Divya Skene
This week’s readings focus on digital disruption, digital intermediaries, and Australia’s manufacturing sector.
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Australian Economy | International Trade | Visitor Economy
A weaker dollar helps services exports
17 Jun 2016
Tim Quinn
Expenditure on Australia’s second largest export earner, the Visitor Economy, is typically considered a discretionary item affected by economic conditions, industry supply, social and political events ...
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International Trade | E-Commerce | Diaspora
New global demand for ‘Made in Australia’
17 Jun 2016
Divya Skene
In recent decades two significant new trends have influenced international trade: the increasing use e-commerce for trade transactions, and the prominent role of new diaspora networks in shaping trad ...
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Australian Economy | Benchmark Report | GDP
2015 GDP growth rate of 2.5 per cent confirms the resilience of our economy
15 Jun 2016
Edmund Tang
Following a 2.7 per cent increase in 2014, Australia’s real GDP grew by 2.5 per cent in the calendar year 2015, according to the latest national accounts figures released by the Australian Bureau of S ...
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