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The Inconvenient truths behind Renewable Energy Sources

By · March 22nd, 2017

Worrying environmental events have incited governments to assume responsibility over emissions and to increase investment in renewable energy. However, the transition to renewables is far but smooth. Siddharth explores.

#ESSADebate – Pads vs Menstrual Cups

By · March 15th, 2017

We’re proud to bring you this year’s first #ESSAdebate! In honour of International Women’s Day, Julia Pham and Jasmine Nguyen engage in some healthy banter over sanitary pads and menstrual cups. Read their respective arguments for each side below and keep an eye out on Friday – we’ll be giving you the chance on Facebook to crown the winner once and for all!!

Does it pay to be smart?

By · March 10th, 2017

Intelligence is highly valued in our society. But how much is it worth? Suvi Lokuge delves into the intelligence premium and the effect of technology on the value of intelligence.

From rational economics to irrational love? Examining the changing function of marriage

By · March 8th, 2017

Love and economics? ESSA’s Solomon Zhang explores how the ‘L’ word has fundamentally changed the dynamics of modern marriage.

Who’s going to pay for climate change?

By · March 3rd, 2017

Julia Pham explores how the social discount rate is used to determine the costs of preventing climate change, and the resulting moral and ethical dilemmas that arise.

Uber is problematic – but you’ll keep using it anyway

By · March 1st, 2017

Uber is practically a staple of modern transport, but its meteoric rise has come at a cost.

America, land of liberty? Part II: Reagan’s rise, liberalism’s fall

By · February 22nd, 2017

Following on from Part I, Yaz explores how Roosevelt’s liberalism reached its peak in the 1960s, only to give way in the years to come to Ronald Reagan’s anti-government, free-market conservatism.

The cost of Free

By · February 22nd, 2017

The life of a university student is peppered with free stuff. But are free things always worth getting? Suvi Lokuge delves into the hidden costs of Free.

Why boycotts are sometimes more talk than action

By · February 17th, 2017

Consumers have a history of speaking out with their wallets when firms behave badly, but exactly what does this entail? Eddie Go explores the economics behind the consumer boycott.

Of death, taxes and silvers spoons: An argument for the inheritance tax’s reinstatement

By · February 10th, 2017

Discussing tax is never popular. Discussing the most unpopular tax? Politically foolhardy. However, with inequality on an upwards trend, it’s time we drop the politics and consider the economic merits of implementing an inheritance tax, writes Solomon Zhang.

How to fix tennis, not its matches

By · February 3rd, 2017

The life of a tennis player is commonly perceived to be lavish and glamorous. Nicolas Alexiou explains how this is far from the full truth, and explores how we can stop players from being tempted by match-fixers.

America, land of liberty? Part I: The New Deal and the Four Freedoms

By · January 30th, 2017

In this three-part series, Yaz Naji traces how the idea of freedom in the United States has shaped its economic policy from the Great Depression to modern times. Part I explores the legacy of Franklin Roosevelt in shaping American concepts of positive freedom.

MYEFO 2016-17: is the Government on the economic naughty list?

By · December 19th, 2016

‘”Twas the night before MYEFO, when all through Canberra…”

Tom Crowley explains why Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull might get a nasty surprise this Christmas.

In defence of a Facebook addiction

By · November 23rd, 2016

Rest assured, you can be a rational addict.

The 2016 Presidential Election: ESSA Reacts

By · November 9th, 2016

We’re going to have to get used to saying President Trump. ESSA’s team of writers react to a stunning election result.

Trump: how did we get here?

By · November 6th, 2016

Matthew Rao dissects why we currently find ourselves awash in populism, from Trump to UKIP and everything inbetween.

What the economy would look like under a hypothetical Trump presidency

By · October 28th, 2016

As a Trump Presidency is looking increasingly unlikely, Julia Pham examines the GOP candidate’s economic policies and explains how we dodged a bullet.

Sugar Dating: An efficient way to make money and make love

By · October 26th, 2016

The sugar dating market is constantly growing, as more and more people are searching for companionship or financial support. Jasmine Nguyen takes an in-depth look at current state of the market.

Behind the booming Supply and Demand of Music Festivals

By · October 19th, 2016

Recent years have marked the exponential growth of music festival events in Australia and across the globe. Solomon explores the economic rationale behind this phenomenon.

When voters lie…

By · October 14th, 2016

When a rational American voter heads to the polls next month, we naturally assume they’ll be casting a vote for their favourite presidential candidate. Eddie Go explains how the plurality voting system used in US elections challenges this assumption and fosters the practice of insincere voting.

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