Mr Tim Harcourt

18 June 2010 15:57:35

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Tim Harcourt is the chief economist of the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade). As chief economist Tim analyses the global economy to help Australian exporters and helps Austrade devise its own international business strategies. A prolific author and globetrotter, Tim has visited over 45 countries in the past 5 years alone.

Tim is an active commentator in the Australian and international media on economic and trade issues. Tim appears regularly on TV and Radio shows including on ABC’s Lateline, Business Lateline, Sky Business, Sky Agenda, Kochie’s Business Builders, Mornings with Kerry-Anne, Sunday, Sunrise, Australia Network’s Business Today, Bloomberg, CCTV, BBC and CNBC Asia.

Tim also writes for a number of major publications including The Australian Financial Review, The Business Review Weekly, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Advertiser, The OECD Observer, The Economic Times and various website and blogs including The National Times, Smart Company and The Globalist.

Tim’s articles and speeches can be found on the “economists corner” web page:

Before joining the Austrade, Tim was an economist and industrial advocate with the ACTU, and Tim has also worked for the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Australian Industrial Relations Commission and has overseas experience in the corporate sector in the UK the USA and Israel.

Tim was educated at the University of Adelaide, the University of Minnesota and Harvard University.

Tim is an active swimmer, runner and cyclist and an enthusiast of a range of sports including cricket and football (all codes). He also enjoys cartooning, music, travel and Aboriginal art. Tim is married to Jo Bosben and they live in Sydney with their daughter, Yun Shi.

Tim’s latest book THE AIRPORT ECONOMIST is a Top Ten business books best seller and can be found at and all good bookshops – including airport bookshops!

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