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Tim Harcourt

Tim Harcourt is the JW Nevile Fellow in Economics at the UNSW Business School, Sydney, Australia. He is also the author-host of The Airport Economist.

Tim also teaches International Business strategy in Asia and Latin America at the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) and is a visiting Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica (PUC) in Chile.

A prolific author and globetrotter, Tim has visited over 58 countries in the past five years alone.

Tim is an active TV economics commentator in the Australian, Asian and international media on economic and trade issues

Tim was Chief Economist of the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) for over a decade and also worked for the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and in the corporate sector internationally.

Tim is also the Adviser – International Engagement to the Premier of South Australia, Hon Jay Weatherill, MP and Expert Panel Member – Minimum Wage and Superannuation Funds review, for the Fair Work Commission.

Tim was educated at the University of Adelaide, the University of Minnesota and Harvard University (and by his own students!)

Tim is the author of seven books on the international economy including: Beyond Our Shores, Going the Distance, Great Southern Lands – building ties between Australia & Brazil, Latin Lessons and Trading Places – The Airport Economist's guide to International Business. He is currently writing a history on the internationalisation of the Australian economy and a new book titled Footynomics on the economics of sport.

His best known book The Airport Economist is an international business bestseller and has been translated into several languages and TV Projects around Asia.

Tim's new book Trading Places – The Airport Economist's guide to International Business was released on 1 October and is available in all good bookshops including airport bookshops and online at

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