Tim Woolley explores contemporary environmental policy through an economic lens.
Franking credits are all the rage again. But what really are they? Amber Lee sheds light on Australia’s technical tax mechanism.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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. This issue is complicated by the need to counterbalance resettlement, whilst, preventing the practice of ‘people smuggling’. According to the UN, […]
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.
Chris McHenry breaks down how we can expect each party to treat the environment upon coming into power.
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 over 2019-2025. Worth $2.8 billion, the package’s […]
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.
Jessica Tang breaks down and compares each major party’s promises for tax policy in the lead up to the election.
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.
Catch up on what each party has to say about infrastructure before heading to the polls with Sarsha Crawley.
Want to know what each major party has to say about education? Chris Craig breaks it down.
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.
In Part 2 of his analysis, Conor Yung continues his evaluation of monetary policy in a historical context and explores the subsequent implications of an interest rate cut.
With the housing market slowing and wages stagnating, political pundits are calling for the RBA to cut rates, but what is the meaning behind these ideas? Conor Yung looks at the genesis of ideas on monetary policy to give you the context behind the business jargon.
Licensing advocates will likely tell you that occupational licensing protects public interest. So why have there been recent calls for the abolition of occupational licensing? Jessica Tang explores.
The idea of a Universal Basic Income is emerging from the wilderness and is now firmly in the political spotlight, but is it really the blessing it claims to be? Chris Craig explores.