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The captured economy by Brink Lindsey and Steven M. Teles

By · September 20th, 2020

There’s a lot to be learned about economics beyond lecture halls, journals and the news. Books can provide a holistic, sometimes radically different, perspective on the role of economics. What can we learn from these books? With our new weekly book review, ESSA intends to find out. This time, read on for our review of: The Captured Economy

ESSA X CAINZ Debate: Is a zero cash rate necessary for Australia’s recession recovery?

By · September 20th, 2020

Stimulating the economy, is the latest question on everyone’s mind, but how do we do it? Join ESSA and Cainz as the debate the importance of a zero-cash rate in recovering from recessions.

‘WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato’ and the Australian casual worker

By · September 18th, 2020

The decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato has been heralded as a ‘win’ for Australian casual workers but the economic implications prove far more complex. Tingnan Li delves into the decision to make sense of what it entails in the context of the great Australian saga of the casual workforce.

COVID-19 in the realm of insurance

By · September 17th, 2020

With the pandemic impacting every market participant, how has the insurance industry coped with its increased demand? Join Alexander Vounisios to understand how the industry is currently operating and what the future of insurance may look like.

Thinking, fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman

By · September 13th, 2020

There’s a lot to be learned about economics beyond lecture halls, journals and the news. Books can provide a holistic, sometimes radically different, perspective on the role of economics. What can we learn from these books? With our new weekly book review, ESSA intends to find out. This time, read on for our review of: Thinking, Fast and Slow.

ESSA X Cainz DEBATE: “Has Abenomics been successful in Japan?”

By · September 12th, 2020

A dawn sets on the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ as Prime Minister Shizo Abe resigns. Thus, we examine the effectiveness of the policies implemented over his term for Japan.

$663,000 HECS debts and the Government’s new strategy

By · September 11th, 2020

Is the Government’s plan to abolish $663,000 HECS debts a necessary measure to minimise wastage of public funds, or is it taking things too far? Gabriel Chenkov-Shaw investigates.

Why measuring poverty isn’t that simple

By · September 7th, 2020

Measuring poverty isn’t as easy it looks. But economists are developing new ways to quantify it. Joel Lee investigates.

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

By · September 6th, 2020

There’s a lot to be learned about economics beyond lecture halls, journals and the news. Books can provide a holistic, sometimes radically different, perspective on the role of economics. What can we learn from these books? With our new weekly book review, ESSA intends to find out. Read on for our review of: Sapiens

In fiscal jeopardy? An appraisal of the Japanese sovereign debt crisis

By · September 5th, 2020

Join Lawrence as he traverses through past and present to evaluate whether the Japanese sovereign debt level is truly a cause for concern, in light of the economic and political challenges that Japan and the world face today.

The economics of free childcare in Australia

By · September 3rd, 2020

Few countries in the world require children to be in a classroom before they turn 6. Could Australia use this crisis to step into the breach? Charlie Francis takes a look.

The Finnish education model: stop romanticising, start doing

By · September 2nd, 2020

Is the Finnish education model just another example of Nordic exceptionalism, or does it offer something more? Jessica Tang explores.

Not so super: How the Superannuation Early Release Scheme affects all Australians

By · September 2nd, 2020

The quick onset of COVID-19 has instigated policy makers to think on their feet. Travis Huynh evaluates the recent superannuation policy

Book Review: Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

By · August 31st, 2020

There’s a lot to be learned about economics beyond lecture halls, journals and the news. Books can provide a holistic, sometimes radically different, perspective on the role of economics. What can we learn from these books? With our new weekly book review, ESSA intends to find out. Read on for our review of the first book: Freakonomics

Occupational licensing – The case for and against

By · August 28th, 2020

Most people would agree that some kind of regulation is needed to prevent unqualified surgeons from operating or unqualified tradesmen from performing unsafe repairs. However, the introduction of licenses to an increasing number of jobs raises questions about whether the benefits always outweigh the costs. Edward Meehan investigates.

Gross domestic happiness

By · August 27th, 2020

Join Joel as he discusses the idea of using economic policy in the current situation to springboard into a happier and more productive future.

Is Tiktok spying on you?

By · August 26th, 2020

TikTok- it’s best known for its memes and viral dance crazes, but underneath this light-hearted exterior are serious conversations about privacy, spying and international intrigue! Hooi San Ng explores the cyber-espionage allegations surrounding Tiktok.

The money tree: How the Americans and Brits responded to COVID

By · August 24th, 2020

How does Australia’s economic response to COVID-19 compare to the rest of the world? Join Pinidu as he takes a scalpel to assess the stimulus packages from Washington and Westminster.

Avoid PROCRASTINATION and be PRODUCTIVE!

By · August 21st, 2020

Are you struggling to keep up with online lectures and deadlines while studying at home? Are you easily distracted by YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Reddit? Don’t miss out on these tips based on evidence from behavioural economics and psychology. Say no to 3 a.m. assignments!

ESSA x CAINZ DEBATE: Is Keynesian economics dead?

By · August 21st, 2020

Join ESSA and CAINZ as we have some (friendly) debates on various of commerce related topics.

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