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Tim Harcourt is a professional economist specialising in international trade and labour economic issues in the Asia Pacific region and in the emerging economies. Tim's passion is Australia's engagement with the global economy and the challenges and opportunities it offers business and the Australian community as a whole.

Tim has broad experience in public policy and in communicating international economic issues widely in the community. He has held senior roles in both the public sector and private sector in Australia and internationally and in the community and education sectors. In Australia he has worked for the Reserve Bank of Australia, Fair Work Australia, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU and the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade).

Publication

The Airport EconomistAustralian exporters conquering global markets
Beyond Our ShoresEssays on Australia and the Global Economy By Tim Harcourt, Chief Economist, Australian Trade Commission
Going The DistanceEssays on Australia and the Global Economy: 2004-2008 By Tim Harcourt, Chief Economist, Australian Trade Commission

Battlers or Billionaires – Australia and China in the long run

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments · Publications

Battlers or Billionaires – Australia and China in the long run By Tim Harcourt* We get a lot of free advice from billionaires about how to deal with our largest trading partner China. First, we had James Packer – who has extensive Casino interests in Macau – who said we didn’t ‘bow enough’ or treat [...]

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From Russia with love – will the trade sanctions hurt Australia

August 7th, 2014 · No Comments · Publications

From Russia with love By Tim Harcourt* Poke a Russian bear with a stick and he will retaliate. That’s the lesson facing Australian exporters today. When Australia announced they were joining the USA and Europe in placing trade sanctions on Russia in response to Malaysian Airlines MH 17 being shot down in Ukraine, it could [...]

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Wake in fright – Another Malaysian Airlines disaster

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments · Publications

By Tim Harcourt* As a frequent flyer, particularly around the Asia Pacific region, I, like many, awoke to the horror of more bad news for Malaysian Airlines. This time Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 was allegedly shot down over the disputed Ukraine-Russia territory while making its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. This comes in [...]

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All the way but with which FTA? Australian Exporters by Destination

June 3rd, 2014 · No Comments · Publications

All the way but with which FTA? Australian exporters by destination. Tim Harcourt* All the way but with which FTA? Australian exporters by destination. Tim Harcourt* After a long lull, free trade agreements are back in vogue. Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb announced he would get three up with South Korea, Japan and China within [...]

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Soccernomics – the Economics of the World Cup

June 1st, 2014 · No Comments · Publications

Soccernomics – the Economics of the World Cup By Tim Harcourt* The Airport Economist, Australian School of Business, UNSW. We are just a few days away from the long awaited FIFA World Cup in Brazil – the most watched sporting event in the world. Like the Olympics it happens every four years since it began [...]

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Latin Lessons – Latin America and Australia face the Asia Pacific Century

June 1st, 2014 · No Comments · Publications

Latin Lessons – Latin America and  Australia face the Asia Pacific CenturyIntroduction – from competition to collaboration By Tim Harcourt Click here to read full PDF Australia and Latin America have been separated by geography, culture and economic ties. Historically, because of their respective colonial ties, Latin America looked to Europe and Australia looked to [...]

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The Paradise of Diversity – why Trade, Investment, Migrants are all bound for South Australia

March 10th, 2014 · No Comments · Publications

The Paradise of Diversity – why Trade, Investment, Migrants are all bound for South Australia By Tim Harcourt* Something happened to South Australia this year that didn’t surprise me but may have surprised some doubters in the eastern states and maybe even some cynics back home. The world renowned documentary maker, National Geographic chose Adelaide [...]

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Kiwis can fly: What’s next for the CER between Australian and New Zealand?

November 27th, 2013 · No Comments · Publications

Kiwis can fly: What’s next for the CER between Australian and New Zealand? By Tim Harcourt* I travel to many economies for a living. About 58 in 5 years at last count. But if you or I wanted to travel the ultimate underperforming economy, one with double digit inflation and unemployment, an Olympic gold medal [...]

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Balancing wealth creation and wealth distribution is the Australian way.

October 3rd, 2013 · No Comments · Publications

Balancing wealth creation and wealth distribution is the Australian way.   By Tim Harcourt* The Hawke-Keating Labor Government was one of the most successful governments of the western world. It was also Australian Labor’s most successful federal government in the post-war period by a country mile. Whilst Thatcherism and Reaganism are often held up by [...]

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Turning Japanese: the future of the Australian Japanese economic partnership.

October 3rd, 2013 · No Comments · Publications

Turning Japanese:  the future of the Australian Japanese economic partnership.   Tim Harcourt*   When thinking of Australia’s future in the Asian Century, most minds turn to China, perhaps India, ASEAN and the rest of emerging Asia. But it’s really Japan that Australia should thank for enabling us to get a foothold into the East [...]

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