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The curious case of disappearing ‘likes’

By · August 16th, 2019

Instagram’s unexpected move to trial ‘hidden likes’ begs many questions such as: why might a social media titan seemingly retire one of its most effective tools of success? Tingnan Li attempts to delve past the cacophony to make sense of the surprising move.

Big Data sparks the Big Bang of the 21st century

By · August 9th, 2019

Thao-Mi Bui investigates the evolution of the world’s booming data economies.

Democracy vs Growth

By · August 7th, 2019

‘What happens when our technological innovations outpace our ability to regulate them effectively?’ Nick Henderson addresses the dark side of our technological progress.

Price Transparency: a Double Edged Sword?

By · June 21st, 2019

Ari Jain uncovers the perks and pitfalls of knowing the price to everything.

Flipping the Script on Environmental Policy

By · June 14th, 2019

Tim Woolley explores contemporary environmental policy through an economic lens.

Credit where it’s due: Australia’s Imputation Tax System

By · June 14th, 2019

Franking credits are all the rage again. But what really are they? Amber Lee sheds light on Australia’s technical tax mechanism.

Are Consumers Really Rational?

By · May 26th, 2019

Much of consumer choice theory relies on the notion of individuals as economic agents; that is, beings of absolute rationality who don’t struggle with everyday problems like self-control and decision-fatigue. These agents conduct marginal analysis to extract every drop of wellbeing from seemingly routine decisions. In the late 70s, however, psychologists began to interfere with […]

#ESSAdebate – Negative Gearing

By · May 24th, 2019

Every federal election seems to enliven passionate discussion over negative gearing. Hoping to settle this debate once and for all we have Chris Craig arguing to keep negative gearing, and Conor Yung arguing for its abolition.

Economics students and the selfish stereotype

By · May 21st, 2019

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most selfish of them all? Could it possibly be economics students? Jessica Tang investigates the roots of this popular stereotype.

Will the upcoming Federal Election be won with Policy or History?

By · May 14th, 2019

We are drawing ever closer to May 18, the day when the nation’s voters will make their way to a polling booth, enjoy a snag in the name of democracy, and ultimately judge our political leaders on whether they should run the country the next three years. This individual judgment will be influenced by a […]

Federal election 2019: A primer on immigration policy

By · May 12th, 2019

Immigration is an ever-present issue in the political debate. Discourse on immigration policy has still been dominated by the need to find a solution to the 950 refugees, currently stuck on offshoring processing centers[1]. This issue is complicated by the need to counterbalance resettlement, whilst, preventing the practice of ‘people smuggling’. According to the UN, […]

Deriving economic insights from Twitter and Spotify

By · May 10th, 2019

How are Twitter and Spotify being used to infer economic decisions? Sarsha Crawley explores how big data about user emotions is leveraged from Twitter and Spotify to predict economic activity and consumer sentiment.

Federal Election 2019: A primer on environmental policy

By · May 7th, 2019

Chris McHenry breaks down how we can expect each party to treat the environment upon coming into power.

Federal Election 2019: A primer on healthcare policy

By · May 7th, 2019

Labor Healthcare is a key pillar of the Australian Labour Party’s (ALP) election campaign. In particular, there is a focus on the quality of public hospitals, cancer services and preventive health measures. Labor’s healthcare policy pivots around the fundamental election promise of delivery of the Better Hospitals Fund[1] over 2019-2025[2]. Worth $2.8 billion,[3] the package’s […]

Federal Election 2019: A primer on welfare policy

By · May 7th, 2019

Curious about what will happen to our welfare system depending on which party gets voted in? Nick Henderson breaks it down with a healthy dose of humour.

Federal Election 2019: A primer on tax policy

By · May 7th, 2019

Jessica Tang breaks down and compares each major party’s promises for tax policy in the lead up to the election.

Federal Election 2019: A primer on policy concerning wages and unemployment

By · May 6th, 2019

How will each of the parties deal with weak economic growth and stagnant wages? Find out before heading to the polls in this quick breakdown with Lemia Bickalo.

Federal Election 2019: A primer on infrastructure policy

By · May 6th, 2019

Catch up on what each party has to say about infrastructure before heading to the polls with Sarsha Crawley.

Federal Election 2019: A primer on education policy

By · May 6th, 2019

Want to know what each major party has to say about education? Chris Craig breaks it down.

Are you entitled to a job?

By · May 1st, 2019

Should the government simply legislate away unemployment? Proponents of Modern Monetary Theory and a “Job Guarantee” seem to think so. Nick Henderson isn’t so sure.

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