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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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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
10 Jul 2017
Divya Skene
This week’s readings include recent Australian essays on Asia, reports on the education opportunity in India and emerging technologies.
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
3 Jul 2017
Divya Skene
This week’s readings focus on technologies adopted by business, and other drivers of change including the rise of a global middle class.
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Australian Economy | International Investment
Developments in global FDI flows
30 Jun 2017
Mark Thirlwell
Back at the start of June, UNCTAD released the 2017 edition of the World Investment Report (WIR). While last year’s WIR reported a surge in foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows in 2015 on the back ...
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Australian Economy | International Trade
Australian exporters by the numbers: 2015-16
29 Jun 2017
Mark Thirlwell
The latest release of the ABS Characteristics of Exporters shows that Australia continues to grow the total number of our exporters, with an increase of 2,454 (five per cent) in exporter numbers in 20 ...
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International Investment | Managed Funds
Australian asset markets and the rise of ‘Socially Responsible Investment’
26 Jun 2017
Edmund Tang
So-called socially responsible investment (SRI) assets managed by fund managers around the world have grown significantly in recent years as investors have become increasingly aware of the importance ...
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
23 Jun 2017
Divya Skene
Most Australians polled remain positive about free trade and globalisation according to the 2017 Lowy Poll on Australian attitudes to the world.
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Australian Economy | International Trade | International Investment
Australia’s shrinking current account deficit
23 Jun 2017
Mark Thirlwell
Following on from a 0.8 per cent of GDP deficit in the December 2016 quarter, the Q1 2017 result therefore marks a second consecutive quarter of deficits below one per cent of GDP.
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Australian Economy | International Trade
Australia’s export performance in 2016
16 Jun 2017
Mark Thirlwell
A look at what the latest set of annual trade data tell us about Australia’s export performance last year.
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Australian Economy | International Trade
Continued economic integration with Asia leads Australia’s total trade to exceed A$670 billion
14 Jun 2017
Edmund Tang
The value of Australia’s exports of goods and services grew by almost five per cent year-on year to A$330 billion in 2016, while imports dropped around three per cent to A$342 billion over the same pe ...
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
9 Jun 2017
Divya Skene
This week’s readings explore the state of global trade – technologies transforming it, agreements governing it, and policies to help market free trade.
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