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To switch or not to switch: Daylight saving analysed

By · October 9th, 2019

Last weekend most Australians switched their clocks forward one hour in a time-honoured tradition. What is the point of this worldwide ritual, and is it causing us more harm than good? Chris Craig takes a look.

Wasting your ATAR

By · October 5th, 2019

Nick Henderson looks back on past mistakes, and considers how we might better prepare school-leavers for their academic and professional futures

Learning a thing or two from inter-governmental co-operation

By · September 27th, 2019

In times when inter-governmental cooperation seems at worst laughable (and at best naively optimistic), a longstanding example of its triumphs (and challenges) exists in the federal and state sharing of education policy. Tingnan Li investigates this unassuming system.

Making sense of a “stable” North Korean economy

By · September 24th, 2019

Despite increasing sanctions and international pressure, the North Korean economy seems to be more stable than before. Sao Yang Hew investigates why.

Why the level of U.S debt is meaningless

By · September 22nd, 2019

U.S government debt continues to spiral upwards at a rapid rate. Each day, the US debt clock keeps climbing, and, at the time of publication, stood at over $22.5 trillion US dollars, or 105.67% of GDP. [1] It’s like a balloon that won’t stop expanding. But can it actually burst? We’ll take a look at […]

Climate Change: humanity’s biggest externality

By · September 18th, 2019

Gabriel Chenkov-Shaw explores an economically driven solution to climate change: intervention to fundamentally change the incentives of big polluters.

The Rise and Fall of the Advertising Model – The Adblocker Problem

By · September 17th, 2019

If I asked you whether you’ve had an adblocker installed on your devices at some point, you’d probably look at me as if I’d asked whether the sky was blue. After all, who wants to be interrupted in the middle of a video with the sixteenth Grammarly ad in a row; it’s as if they […]

Understanding Hong Kong Property Prices

By · September 15th, 2019

A long history, an uncertain future and unique geography all contribute to Hong Kong’s equally eccentric housing market. Klinsmann Lee explores.

Kidneys and hearts and livers, oh my!

By · September 13th, 2019

Like the Scarecrow needed a brain, the Tinman needed a heart and the Lion needed courage, so too does the Australian healthcare system. Yan Tong He delves into to economics of organ donation.

Electric Scooter Rentals: Fad or Revolution?

By · September 11th, 2019

This article was written by Tim Wooley. Long have cars, bikes and public transport dominated humanities movements. However, with the success of ride sharing services, investors are again interested in partnering with firms who are disrupting how we have traditionally moved around. Of particular note are dockless electric scooter rental firms such as Bird and Lime. Following the success of dockless […]

Get the price right when paying doctors

By · September 10th, 2019

Edward Meehan explores how the system that pays doctors creates perverse incentives for lower quality and more expensive care.

Australians must curb debt dependence to protect our economic future

By · September 6th, 2019

Felicia Leong explores the dark side of one of Australia’s favourite pastimes: accumulating household debt

The five-cent coin … makes no cents?

By · September 4th, 2019

Should we retire the five-cent coin from Australia’s denomination system? Jessica Tang thinks so.

America’s inverted yield curve – Time to panic?

By · August 28th, 2019

One of the most fabled economic indicators has switched into recession mode, but what exactly is an inverted yield curve, and does it really mean the end is near? Chris Craig takes a look.

Income inequality in a low-interest rate world

By · August 25th, 2019

A topical discussion in economics is a trend of rising Income inequality, with some calling it the most disturbing social and economic issue of our time.[1] One way to measure this inequality is to compare the income earned by the top 1% as a share of national income. Plotted in the graph bellow we can […]

Applying Nudge Theory to increase health and wellbeing

By · August 21st, 2019

Richard Thaler received a Nobel Prize for his work on Nudge Theory, demonstrating how small prompts can change our behaviour. So how can the nexus of economics and psychology help us lead healthier lives?

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.

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