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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

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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Freo Nelson Mandela – the Dockers help Africa rebuild.

September 25th, 2013 · No Comments · Publications

Freo Nelson Mandela – the Dockers help Africa rebuild.   Tim Harcourt*   The Fremantle Dockers after years of battling in the AFL have finally made their first Grand Final. After playing an extraordinary high pressure style of football they got over the reigning 2012 premiers the Sydney Swans and now have the right to [...]

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Once were worriers – Australia’s golden age of economic policy making.

July 28th, 2013 · No Comments · Publications

Once were worriers – Australia’s golden age of economic policy making. By Tim Harcourt* We are not winning the Ashes or the Rugby but in terms of economic management Australians are world beaters. But you wouldn’t know it from all the gloomy economic talk in the press sapping business and consumer confidence. In case you [...]

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The Power of Proximity – Australian exporters in the Asian Century.

July 25th, 2013 · No Comments · Publications

The Power of Proximity – Australian exporters in the Asian Century.   Tim Harcourt*   The Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008 really took its toll on the North Atlantic Economies. And for Australians we realised how we well have managed our own economy – with a well targeted and timed – stimulus package, and [...]

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Brazil – too big to ignore

May 29th, 2013 · No Comments · Publications

Brazil – too big to ignore   By Tim Harcourt and Mark Thirlwell* For most of our respective histories, Australians have typically ignored Brazil. That was partly down to the tyranny of distance, as the two great southern lands were so far away from each other that it was a case of “out of sight, [...]

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Australian exporters survive higher dollar, carbon tax

May 29th, 2013 · No Comments · Publications

Australian exporters survive higher dollar, carbon tax By Tim Harcourt* It was quite a day when Ford announced the end of its operations in Geelong and Broadmeadows. What was amazing was the massive saturation of media of reaction. I think we must have heard from a galaxy of politicians – ministers, opposition leaders, premiers, deputy [...]

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Hawke hit Thatcher for six in the economic Ashes

April 16th, 2013 · No Comments · Publications

Hawke hit Thatcher for six in the economic Ashes   The former Australian PM is a clear winner   By Tim Harcourt   In terms of an economic legacy, did Thatcherism work? Or did Bob Hawke’s strategy to “Bring Australia together” through consensus rather than conflict achieve better outcomes? To answer this question, I consulted [...]

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