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Tim Harcourt

Tim Harcourt 
Bachelor of Economics (Honours) University of Adelaide, 1987
Master of Arts, University of Minnesota, 1991
Harvard Trade Union Program, Harvard University, 1999

J.W. Nevile Fellow in Economics


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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).


As the inaugural JW Nevile Fellow in Economics, Tim is active in the media, in the research community and in public affairs. He is passionate about making complex economic issues accessible to the whole community and to ensure that economists engage with strategic business issues and matters of public importance.


Part of Tim’s new role is to raise the profile of the School internationally in Asia, South America and the emerging markets. Tim also teaches International Business Strategy in the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM)’s MBA and Executive Education Programmes.




  • "Beyond Our Shores: Essays on Australia and the Global Economy: 1999-2004" (2005) 
  • "Going the Distance: Essays on Australia and the Global Economy: 2004-2008" (August 2008)
  • "The Airport Economist" (June 2008), Allen and Unwin, Sydney
  • "The Airport Economist Flies Again" (forthcoming, 2012), Allen and Unwin, Sydney.


Articles and book chapters


  • "The Economics of the Living Wage", Australian Economic Review, Vol 30, No2 June 1997, pp 194-203.
  • "The Living Wage Case: How tight were the Economic Constraints on Equity?" Economic and Labour Relations Review, Vol.8, June 1997, No.1 pp.156-167(with Suzie Jones).
  • "A Case Study of Australia" in: ICFTU-APRO (1997): International Trade, Investment and Competitiveness: Trade Union Strategies in a Globalising Economy ICFTU-APRO Singapore.
  • "The Economics of the Australian Waterfront Dispute" Economic and Labour Relations Review, Vol 9, No2 December 1998, pp.222-235.
  • "Labour Markets, Firms and Institutions: Labour Economics and Industrial Relations" Journal of Industrial Relations Vol 40, No 4 December 1998, pp 508-532 (with Peter Gahan).
  • "The Future of Australian Unionism in the Global Economy." In Patmore, G and Glover, D New Voices for Social Democracy: Labor Essays 1999-2000. Pluto Press, Sydney November 1999.
  • "Australian Labour Market Institutions, ‘Deregulation’ and the Open Economy." Economic and Labour Relations Review Vol 10 No 2 December 1999 (with Peter Gahan).
  • "Last Line Of Resistance Or A Golden Opportunity: Australian Trade Union Responses to Globalisation" in Benson, J and Rowley, C (ed), Globalisation and Labour in the Asia Pacific, Frank Cass Ltd. London, 2000.
  • "Why Australia Needs Exports: The Economic Case for Exporting" Australian Trade Commission and the Centre for Applied Economic Research (CAER), University of New South Wales, Sydney, August, 2000.
  • APEC’s Labour Agenda: Negotiating the Future. (Foreword by Hon. R.J.L. Hawke, A.C.) International Labour Organization, Geneva (2001).
  • "Coping with Globalisation: Australian Economic Policy and the Third Way" in Arestis, P and Sawyer, M (ed) The Economics of the Third Way, Edward Elgar, London (2001).
  • "What is this thing called globalisation?" Australian Trade Commission, Sydney (2001).
  • "What about the workers?" (2001), OECD Observer, OECD, Paris, October.
  • "Knowing and Growing the Exporter Community" (2002), Australian Trade Commission, Sydney (with Knowing and Growing research team).
  • "Understanding the Global Economy " (2003), Australian Trade Commission, Sydney (With Leigh Derigo, Austrade Education Programmes).


Professional activities


  • Australian Business Economists (ABE)
  • Economic Society of Australia
  • Australian Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC)
  • Australian Brazil Chamber of Commerce (ABCC)
  • Australian Latin American Business Council (ALABAC) & Council of Australian Latin American Relations (COALAR)
  • Present and past member, Australian Statistical Advisory Council, Economic Statistic User Group, Labour Statistics User Group, CPI Review, Australian Bureau Statistics (ABS), Bracks Automotive Industry Review, Aboriginal Employment Review, Australian Davos Connection – Global Issues Group, CEDA Council on Economic Policy
  • Past consultant to ILO, WTO, OECD, World Bank, APEC

Research interests

  • International trade and international business strategy
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Labour markets and industrial relations
  • Political Economy
  • Economic History
  • Popularising economics/economics education

Research grants

  • Council of Latin American Australian Relations (COALAR) research grant on Australia and Brazil 
  • The Airport Economist project

 Courses taught

  • MNGT5582 International Business Strategy in Asia (Special Topic)
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