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The Economics of Pornography Stripped Down

By · September 15th, 2017

It’s a multi-billion dollar industry that operates virtually incognito. Mi-Thao goes under the covers to investigate the porn industry and its future.

A clash between ethics and the market: price gouging and Hurricane Harvey

By · September 8th, 2017

Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc across the Southern United States, causing severe flooding and breakdowns in all sorts of essential infrastructure such as transport and communication. At some point, there seems to have been an erosion of the unwritten rules that form our social norms, and at the surface, it can appear that there are profiteers seeking to make a quick buck out of the desperate – price gouging.

The mayhem and dysfunction of India’s cash-free experiment

By · September 6th, 2017

When India removed 86% of its cash from circulation in 2016, the intention was to disrupt organised crime and move the country into the digital age. Instead, chaos spread across the nation, highlighting the danger of taking shortcuts to economic and social progress. Nick explores.

#ESSADebate – Books vs. eBooks

By · September 1st, 2017

With the advancement of technology, eBooks have made reading much more convenient. But there’s just something about holding an old-fashioned book in your hands. Amy Pereira and Jasmine Nguyen battle it out in a #ESSADebate to see which reading format reigns supreme. Have a read and then vote for your favourite in our poll below, to crown the winner once and for all!

Economics x Fashion: Why high-low designer collabs work, and why they don’t

By · August 26th, 2017

Julia Pham steps into the world of designer collaborations and explains what makes them so popular.

Commballnomics 2017: the opportunity costs of attendance

By · August 23rd, 2017

It’s that time of year again, the university night of nights, Commerce Ball. Naturally, it’s a night that involves spending quite a bit of money, and you might be worried about making sure you’re a rational consumer come Thursday night. Don’t worry though, because ESSA has you covered.

Uber’s driverless cars: the road ahead

By · August 20th, 2017

Neala Guo explores the driverless cars that might take you to and from work in the not too distant future — and the rocky road ahead for anyone involved in the car industry.

#ESSADebate – Should Section 44 be amended?

By · August 11th, 2017

The dual citizenship clause in the Australian Constitution has plunged Parliament into chaos recently, with the resignation of two Greens senators and the eligibility of many other MPs being brought into question. Kyneton Morris and Julia Pham go head to head in an #ESSADebate over whether Section 44(i) protects or hinders our democracy. Have a read and then vote for your favourite in our poll below, to crown the winner once and for all!

‘Australian Made’ won’t make us great again

By · August 9th, 2017

Nick Henderson examines the country of origin food labelling rules currently being phased in across Australia. Will promoting ‘Australian made’ really make us better off?

The fight against cyber attacks

By · July 29th, 2017

With the prevalence and costs of cyber attacks rising in recent years, corporations and governments are now taking stronger action and issuing stern warnings to cyber criminals.

The economics of self driving cars

By · July 26th, 2017

Self-driving cars are becoming more and more prevalent, with experts boasting of their advantages compared to regular vehicles. But what effect will this rise of automation have on the economy? Nicolas Alexiou explains.

National Press Club Address: Women in Economics 2017 Federal Budget Reflections

By · July 19th, 2017

Danielle Wood, the National and Victorian Chair of the Women in Economics Network, shares her reflections on the 2017 Federal Budget to the National Press Club.

Pluralism in the economics curriculum: why it is needed and how you can obtain it

By · July 10th, 2017

A common criticism levelled at economics departments is that their teaching focuses too narrowly on neoclassical ideas and does not properly explore other schools of thought within the discipline. Tim Thornton argues for a change of approach, and demonstrates one way you can explore economic pluralism if you so desire.

eSports: another worthwhile conquest for the mighty economist

By · May 26th, 2017

With sports economics dominating a fair share of work for an economist, how can electronic sports fit into this domain? Kyneton delves into the world of videogames and their impact on sports entertainment.

The right of recline

By · May 24th, 2017

Who should get control of the scare resource that is legroom? Amy Pereira investigates.

How do you solve a problem like inequality?

By · May 23rd, 2017

Income inequality has become a hot-button issue in recent years. Statistics demonstrate that Australia and most of the rest of the world are becoming more unequal? But how did we get to this point? How does this affect the economy? And what is to be done about it?

The Fall of the Trump Travel Ban

By · May 21st, 2017

After the block of both Trump travel bans, abuse of executive powers is at the forefront of American political discourse. Laura Waring outlines how the Administration tried and failed to ban a substantial portion of the Muslim world from being able to travel to the United States.

#ESSADebate – to save or to spend?

By · May 21st, 2017

To save or to spend, that is the dilemma facing many of us today. Julia Pham and Justin Liu go head to head in an #ESSADebate on what you should be doing with your money in your 20s. Have a read and then vote for your favourite in our poll to crown the winner, once and for all!

Annual Publication Out Now!

By · May 20th, 2017

Enjoy our annual publications below!

Making America Great Again (at least for Trump’s friends)

By · May 20th, 2017

What Donald Trump plans to do to banking regulation in the US, and why it could cause another financial crisis.

This article first appeared in Short Supply 2017 – check out the full magazine via the Short Supply tab at the top of this page!

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