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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 Trade | International Investment
Funding Australia’s current account deficit
21 Sep 2017Mark Thirlwell
The current account deficit for 2016-17 dropped to just $29.5 billion, down from more than $74 billion in FY 2016.
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Australian Economy | International Trade | E-Commerce
E-commerce and Australian business
20 Sep 2017
Mark Thirlwell
While Australian businesses are taking advantage of the digital economy, the rate of adoption is perhaps not yet as widespread as might be assumed based purely on some of the breathless talk about the ...
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Australian Economy | International Trade
An update on Australian businesses’ export propensity
19 Sep 2017
Mark Thirlwell
Each year we take a look at the ABS report on the Selected Characteristics of Australian Businesses, which provides us with some numbers on the share of Australian firms that sell overseas.
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
11 Sep 2017
Divya Skene
This week’s readings focus on growth challenges for mid-size businesses, and the impact of technological change in developing Australia’s business services sector.
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
5 Sep 2017
Divya Skene
This week’s readings focus on artificial intelligence, blockchain, edutech and cryptocurrencies.
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International Investment
Overseas investment of Australian companies
4 Sep 2017
Edmund Tang
Investing overseas can help Australian multi-national companies remain competitive and innovative in a rapidly changing international trade and investment environment.
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
29 Aug 2017
Divya Skene
This week’s readings include a financial year assessment of Australia’s tourism exports, and a CSIRO blog on the future of food exports.
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Australian Economy | Visitor Economy
Tourism success: Inbound tourist number exceeded 8.5 million in 2016-17 and expenditure reached A$40 billion
23 Aug 2017
Edmund Tang
There were 8.5 million short-term international visitor arrivals to Australia for the year ending June 2017.
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
21 Aug 2017
Divya Skene
This week two reports were released highlighting the benefits of inward investment from two large investment sources – US and China. The list of readings also includes a summary of Asialink’s latest ...
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
14 Aug 2017
Divya Skene
This week’s readings focus on policies to lift Australian productivity, and maintain regional leadership as a digital nation.
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