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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 | Benchmark Report
Core arguments and facts of the 2018 Benchmark Report: Innovation and Skills
21 Feb 2018Edmund Tang
The Report is structured around five main reasons for investing in Australia and compares Australia’s credentials with other major economies across each category. In this post, I want to look in more ...
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Australian Economy | Benchmark Report
Core arguments and facts of the 2018 Benchmark Report: Dynamic Industries
8 Feb 2018
Edmund Tang
The Report is structured around five main reasons for investing in Australia and compares Australia’s credentials with other major economies across each category. In this post, I want to look in more ...
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Australian Economy | Benchmark Report
Core arguments and facts of the 2018 Benchmark Report: Robust Growth
6 Feb 2018
Edmund Tang
The Report is structured around five main reasons for investing in Australia and compares Australia’s credentials with other major economies across each category. In this post, the focus is on the Ro ...
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Benchmark Report
Introducing the new 2018 Benchmark Report
5 Feb 2018
Edmund Tang
Austrade’s 2018 Benchmark Report (BMR) was launched by the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Honourable Steven Ciobo MP in San Francisco on 2 February.
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Australian Economy | Chinese Economy | International Trade
Australia’s export performance in FY2017
22 Dec 2017
Mark Thirlwell
As is (almost?) traditional now, I thought I’d close the year off with a look at how Australia’s exports performed over the past financial year.
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AIBS 2017
Contacts are most valued by firms seeking to become internationally active
22 Dec 2017
Divya Skene
When we reached out to internationally-active firms to ask them to complete the AIBS 2017 survey, we also interacted with 127 firms that were not internationally-active.
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AIBS 2017
Internationally-active businesses are Asia-capable
21 Dec 2017
Divya Skene
The debate on Australia’s Asia capability doesn't seem to have moved very far, even when other areas of Australia's engagement with Asia have transformed significantly.
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AIBS 2017
Exploring firm responses to the question of FTA benefits
21 Dec 2017
Divya Skene
Generally, broad industry surveys asking about the benefit of FTAs target a wider range of firms than those that actually use FTAs - so findings often do not accurately measure FTA utilisation.
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AIBS 2017
A closer look at services exports to FTA markets
21 Dec 2017
Divya Skene
One of the features of this year's AIBS survey is the information we've collected on services exports to FTA markets.
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AIBS 2017
Export activity in FTA markets
20 Dec 2017
Divya Skene
This year the AIBS survey asked respondents about their export activities across the 16 markets with which Australia had a free trade agreement (FTA) in operation.
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