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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 | GDP
2017 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index
4 May 2017Mark Thirlwell
AT Kearney’s FDI Confidence Index for 2017 shows that investors’ confidence in Australia remains strong. The Index ranks Australia in the top 10 for the seventh year in a row (ninth place this year, ...
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Australian Economy | International Investment
Australia is maintaining its attraction for Chinese investors
3 May 2017
Edmund Tang
Australia remains the second biggest recipient of Chinese overseas direct investment (ODI) globally, worth A$120 billion (about US$90 billion) of accumulated new investment since 2007, according to th ...
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Australian Economy | International Trade | International Investment
Updating the Australian economic story
9 Mar 2017
Mark Thirlwell
The past month has seen several substantial data releases, including details on the Q4:2016 national accounts and balance of payments. This set of numbers provides a nice opportunity to assess the sta ...
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Australian Economy | International Investment
FDI in 2016: Weak global flows but a strong Australian performance
7 Feb 2017
Mark 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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