Trent joined Grattan in July 2015 after four years as an economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia. Trent worked on a variety of topics at the RBA including trade, commodity prices, the labour market, wages and the Chinese financial system.
Trent holds a Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Economics and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Monash University.
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