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About the project

The International Economy program aims to explain developments in the international economy, and influence policy. It does so by undertaking independent analytical research.

The International Economy program contributes to the Lowy Institute’s core publications: policy briefs and policy analyses. For example, the program contributed the Lowy Institute Paper, John Edwards’ Beyond the Boom, which argued that Australia’s transition away from the commodities boom will be quite smooth.


Latest publications

Global value chains, border management and Australian trade

In this Lowy Institute Analysis, Nicholas Humphries examines how Australian Customs can increase Australia’s trade competitiveness at a time when goods and services are increasingly produced across borders in so-called ‘global value chains’ (GVC). This Analysis was written as a part of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Services Fellowship at the Lowy Institute. 

Beyond the boom

In this Lowy Institute Paper, Dr John Edwards, Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute, challenges the pessimism about the Australian economy. The mining boom is far from over – and it hasn’t been as important for Australian prosperity as widely believed.


Think20 papers 2014: policy recommendations for the Brisbane G20 Summit

On 1 December 2013, Australia began its twelve-month presidency of the G20, a role that will culminate with the chairing of the Brisbane G20 summit, 15-16 November 2014. The ‘Think20’ is a network of think tanks and academics from G20 countries that are working to provide an important analytical input into the G20 process.

The first Think20 meeting was held under the Mexican G20 presidency in 2012, the second under the Russian G20 presidency in 2013. With support from the Australian government, the first Think20 meeting under Australia’s G20 presidency will take place on 11 December 2013.

Participants in the December meeting have authored a paper on one (or more) of the following four themes, that make up this collection*: 

  • The G20 economic/finance process
  • Trade liberalisation 
  • Financing for investment/infrastructure 
  • Development. 

Each author was asked to identify, in their chosen area, specific actions and achievable outcomes that the G20 should pursue in 2014. 

A discussion on these policy recommendations will take place at the 11 December Think20 meeting, the outcome of which will be submitted to G20 Sherpas. It is hoped that Think20 participants will maintain an on-going dialogue on the issues contained below throughout 2014 and beyond.







*Four papers included below are not contained within the Think20 Papers 2014 PDF, these are Christophe Destais' 'The international monetary system as a swap nexus', Karel Lannoo's 'The G20, five years on', David Shorr, Drew Kodjak and Sheila Watson's 'Global Fuel Economy Initiative' and Joshua Busby's 'The G20 and Climate change – beyond goal-setting at Brisbane'.

Judicious ambition: international policy priorities for the new Australian Government

In this new Lowy Institute Analysis, a number of Lowy Institute experts outline what they believe should be some key international priorities for the new Australian Government.