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Oplan Tokhang: The Philippines’ War on Drugs

By · May 25th, 2018

Earlier this year, the Filipino government relaunched its violent crackdown on drugs. Sao Yang Hew discusses the unintended consequences of the infamous drug war on the people of the Philippines.

Cryptocurrency and the Future of Central Banking

By · May 24th, 2018

In the past months, we have seen massive variations in the values of cryptocurrencies. Earlier in the year, some predicted that people would soon replace their usage of traditional currencies with crypto-currencies. Michael Manoussakis explores the implications of such a change.

Is market concentration undermining wage growth?

By · May 23rd, 2018

Wage growth remains stubbornly low across the developed world. Do big companies hold too much power in the labour market? Miguel Ayala discusses the effects of these monopsonies on wages.

Vote trading: An economic and ethical perspective

By · May 18th, 2018

Thomas Goh looks closer at the practice of vote trading by elected representatives, drawing on social choice theory and political philosophy.

The economics of diversity

By · May 16th, 2018

The effect of ethnic diversity on development has long been a subject of fierce debate. Hasitha Jayatilake takes a close look at the key issues in this debate.

#ESSAdebate – The Cashless Economy

By · May 14th, 2018

With the rise of new technologies such as, ‘tap and pay phone apps,’ it is becoming easier and simpler for consumers to switch to cashless payments. Charan Naidoo and Ben Toohey discuss whether we should view the rising cashless economy positively or negatively.

"The Liberals are cutting $2 billion in university funding" - text on poster

Why free uni is the wrong thing to wish for

By · May 9th, 2018

Nick Henderson delivers his argument against government-funded higher education, contending that such a policy will do little to help the disadvantaged. An alternative point of focus is subsequently discussed.

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Do Our Decisions as Individual Consumers Truly Matter?

By · May 7th, 2018

Thomas Granger explores consumer agency, and asks; can your choices have a positive impact on the environment?

Ethical fashion: fast fashion cure or quixotic fancy?

By · May 5th, 2018

In the battle against the titans of fast fashion can ethical fashion truly be the white knight of the fashion industry, or is it doomed to failure? Tingnan Li investigates the current state of affairs.

Playing Art Monopoly Could Starve Museums

By · May 3rd, 2018

Oren Bahari discusses how current contemporary Art Asset Management may place the next Picasso in a Warehouse

From student to tutor: The VCE tutor marketplace

By · May 2nd, 2018

They’ve topped the VCE and now they’re competing to be the top tutors. Jasmine Nguyen examines how millennial former-students-turned-educators are changing the dynamics of the VCE private tutoring market.

Are totes totally environmentally friendly?

By · April 29th, 2018

Totes are in vogue, not just because they are fashionable, but because they are touted (toted one might say) as a sustainable alternative to plastic bags. Thao-Mi Bui investigates if this is true.

Give Us This Day Our Daily Growth

By · April 26th, 2018

Sarah Fung discusses how religion has influenced and shaped our current economic system.

The boom and the bust

By · April 26th, 2018

Modern economists have consistently failed to predict and explain the business cycle. Mitchell Harvey argues that an old idea, long rejected by the mainstream economics profession, may be worth reconsidering.

From goods to services: The change in the video game industry

By · April 23rd, 2018

In the age of distraction, video games are becoming a larger part of our lives. Tony Xie investigates how publishers are adopting new revenue models to take advantage of this growing market.

Explaining the recent tumble in US stocks

By · April 20th, 2018

US equities have had a shaky start to 2018. Nathan McClelland explores some of the possible reasons for this volatility.

The deficit behind Australia’s ‘democratic deficit’

By · April 19th, 2018

In an age of rising populism around the world due to political disengagement often we assume that our democratic system is flawed. Dan Crowley discusses voter dissatisfaction and the merits of Australian democracy.

Is it all Gucci for the future of luxury fashion?

By · April 18th, 2018

Is this the beginning of the end for the largest luxury fashion houses? What can the likes of Gucci and Chanel do to fight back against the tide of fast fashion and e-commerce? Tingnan Li investigates.

The rise of aquaculture in Australia

By · April 14th, 2018

Aquaculture is a fast-growing industry with the power to revolutionise the way humans obtain their seafood. Liam Zippel explores the benefits of this industry in Australia.

Trump’s trade ban: Ridiculous or rational?

By · April 10th, 2018

With the world’s two largest economic powers hurtling towards a trade war after the US accused China of unfair trading practices, Thomas Goh delves into China’s trading practices to determine whether these accusations are justified.

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