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Tragedy of the Oreos

By · April 19th, 2014

Why did Yannis choose to eat Oreos for breakfast? It seems like quite an inappropriate time to eat Oreos… Is he just an irrational man? Economics may help to explain this odd choice better than one may first think.

Australia’s fast fashion revolution

By · April 18th, 2014

Danny Wang explores the implications of the fast fashion craze sweeping Australia, and the rest of the globe.

Internet piracy: time for a more progressive solution

By · April 17th, 2014

In his ESSA debut, Nick Tarrant has a look at the internet piracy situation in Australia. What can be done to alleviate the problem?

David Graeber, UOI an explanation

By · April 16th, 2014

Dan Clayton-Chubb and John Davis respond to a recent Guardian piece by David Graeber.

The problems (and promise) of microfinance

By · April 15th, 2014

In just under a decade, microfinance has gone from winning the Nobel Peace Prize to being described as “a poster child of exploitation of the vulnerable.” Matthew Vethecan explores what has gone wrong and how we can fix it.

Finger lickin’ good: will Australia get a taste for a sugar tax?

By · April 14th, 2014

Olivia Robins examines the viability of a sugar tax in our society today.

Editors’ Picks – April 13 2014

By · April 13th, 2014

Each week the ESSA Editors pick out the best articles from the latest in the world of economics, politics, and everything in between.

Simple gifts: celibacy and communism

By · April 12th, 2014

Elijah Lim reflects on the story of American Shakerism: though celibacy and communism were the two cornerstones upon which the Shaker communes were founded, they were what eventually led to their decline.

Huawei: a justifiable ban or a missed opportunity?

By · April 11th, 2014

Emily Vuong investigates the government’s decision to prioritise transparency in the case of Huawei and the National Broadband Network.

Scavenging for rationality at the Camberwell Sunday Market

By · April 10th, 2014

A pictorial and graphical illustration of the concept of utility as observed at the Camberwell Sunday Market.

Living Economics Part 2: Stimulus-response on the demand side

By · April 10th, 2014

The psychology of preferences: UNSW’s Gigi Foster delivers her second blog post on social trends that underlie demand, and how economies can be destabilised when these change.

Does being an economist make me a bad person?

By · April 9th, 2014

In her ESSA debut, Anisha Kidd examines the blurred lines between economics and ethics.

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