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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 | International Investment
FDI in 2016: Weak global flows but a strong Australian performance
7 Feb 2017Mark Thirlwell
UNCTAD have released their preliminary estimates for global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows in 2016. The numbers show that total flows dropped by 13 per cent last year, falling from US$1.75 tri ...
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World Economy | International Investment
Prospects for global FDI
14 Oct 2016
Mark Thirlwell
After reviewing the IMF’s new projections for world output and trade growth in my previous post, here I take a look at UNCTAD’s latest assessment of global FDI prospects (pdf) over the next three year ...
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Australian Economy | International Investment
Australia’s outward direct investment
7 Sep 2016
Mark Thirlwell
This post takes a look at what Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data can tell us about Australia’s outward foreign direct investment (FDI).
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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 | 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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Australian Economy | International Trade | International Investment
Australia-UK: Exports and FDI after the Brexit vote
7 Jul 2016
Mark Thirlwell
What are the implications of the 23 June 2016 vote for Brexit for Australian exports to the UK and for bilateral foreign direct investment (FDI) flows?
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Australian Economy | FDI | International Investment | Benchmark Report
Australia has the Third Largest Pension Fund Assets in the World
6 Jul 2016
Edmund Tang
Australia’s pension fund assets rose to 118 per cent of the nominal GDP in 2015, up from 78 per cent a decade ago. The ratio was the fourth highest among the 58 major pension markets in the OECD surv ...
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Australian Economy | World Economy | International Investment
FDI inflows, resources and the commodity cycle
5 Jul 2016
Mark Thirlwell
Along with FDI trends elsewhere in the world economy, that decline in our relative position reflected a drop in the US dollar value of FDI inflows, which have slid from US$57 billion in 2013 to US$39. ...
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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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