Tim Harcourt

J.W. Nevile Fellow

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


Tim is known as ‘The Airport Economist’ and is the author of seven books on the international economy including: The Airport Economist, Trading Places, Great Southern Lands – building ties between Australia & Brazil and Latin Lessons. He is currently writing a history on the internationalisation of the Australian economy and a new book titled Footynomics on the economics of sport.​

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About Tim

Tim Harcourt is the J.W.Nevile Fellow in Economics at the UNSW Australia Business School.

Tim also teaches International Business strategy in Asia and Latin America at the AGSM @ UNSW Business School 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!)​

His best known book The Airport Economist is an international business bestseller and has been translated into several languages and TV Projects around Asia. It’s available in all good bookshops including airport bookshops and online! 

​Tim's brand new television series, The Airport Economist, premiered in November, 2016. It is now showing on Fridays at 8pm and Sundays at 9am on Sky News Business, or you can watch it on his website at www.theairporteconomist.com​.