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Cash or card…or Afterpay?

By · October 26th, 2018

With Christmas and Boxing Day sales around the corner, Nathan McClelland explores some of the alternative payment methods consumers have been turning towards.

Mixing economics with water

By · October 22nd, 2018

Economics 101 tells us that competitive markets result in better value for consumers. Ismini Karamesinis, a regulatory analyst at the Essential Services Commission, explores how regulation is tackled in an area where monopolies rule.

The role of blockchain technology in fiscal and monetary policy

By · October 19th, 2018

With blockchain technology gaining more and more traction within the mainstream, Lemia Bickalo explores its potentially important role in transforming economies.

How much should politicians be paid? (Part 2 of 2)

By · October 16th, 2018

After analysing the politics of developing countries, Hasitha Jayatilake directs his focus to the economics of paying politicians in developed countries.

Dostoevsky to those who want to change the world: Part 2 of 2

By · October 12th, 2018

How do a Russian fiction writer’s works relate to economic theory? And does it really matter? Sao Yang Hew explains.

The cashless society

By · October 10th, 2018

Cash is fast becoming a thing of the past, and as such the cashless society is upon us. Chris Craig dissects the ramifications of this shift in the way we pay.

Free-floating contempt

By · October 5th, 2018

With much-needed wit and humour, Nick diagnoses the otherwise very troubling illness that currently plagues public discourse – reductivist economic arguments.

The Pursuit of Gross National Happiness

By · October 3rd, 2018

Treating environmental policy as a means to economic growth has been largely unsuccessful. Sarsha Crawley explores how by prioritising happiness, Bhutan takes leaps in both economic and environmental prosperity.

#ScoMo: Unmasking Australia’s 30th Prime Minister – Part 2

By · September 28th, 2018

After dissecting the taxation schemes of the former Treasurer, Jessica Tang continues her evaluation of Scott Morrison’s past policies, with an indication of what we can expect in the future.

#ScoMo: Unmasking Australia’s 30th Prime Minister – Part 1

By · September 27th, 2018

The drama may have ended, but political uncertainty remains untouched as Scott Morrison assumes office as the 30th Prime Minister of Australia. In her two-part analysis, Jessica Tang critically examines the public policy of Australia’s former Treasurer.

Dostoevsky to those who want to change the world: Part 1 of 2

By · September 21st, 2018

Can we really change the world? Can we really build a heavenly utopia on Earth? Sao Yang Hew uses the perspective of a Russian author’s psychological literature to answer these questions.

A game of cartel combat

By · September 19th, 2018

In a corporate landscape seemingly rife with dubious activity and insufficient regulatory reach, the ACCC’s game theory based whistleblower approach to cartels may be an unexpected diamond in the rough. Tingnan Li forgoes a cape but nevertheless investigates this unlikely hero.

The economic contribution of mega sporting events and professional sport

By · September 14th, 2018

Miguel Ayala puts an economic lens over mega sporting events and examines the costs and benefits for host countries committing to significant investments in these long-term projects.

Getting the market ready for the NDIS

By · September 12th, 2018

Jasmine Nguyen explains the rationale for the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the necessary interventions to get it working as intended.

Does the collapse of the Turkish lira pose more than just a local threat?

By · August 31st, 2018

The Turkish lira has had a rough start to 2018. Nathan McClelland explores the factors propelling its downward spiral, and whether the global economy could be affected.

Global health in a globalised world

By · August 29th, 2018

Globalisation has allowed for a great dispersion of medical technologies and has enriched countries, providing them with more capital to invest in their health systems. It has also left communities vulnerable and poor, exacerbating inequalities. A balance needs to be found, writes Lemia Bickalo.

Spills and Thrills: Liberal Party in Disarray Over Dutton Leadership Challenge

By · August 23rd, 2018

Many of us thought that the Liberal party leadership spill on Tuesday would end internal tensions between the conservative and moderate factions of the Liberal party, however, it was just the start of a tumultuous week. Winona Horton from the Political Interest Society discusses this weeks Turnbull-Dutton Saga and it’s significance to Australian politics.

How much should politicians be paid? (Part 1 of 2)

By · August 21st, 2018

Are countries getting it right when it comes to politicians’ salaries? In this two-part series, Hasitha Jayatilake explores the merits to increasing pay and benefits for lawmakers.

The rationality of consuming addictive substances

By · August 17th, 2018

People often think of addiction as being diametrically opposed to rationality. Yet why do so many consume addictive substances? And what makes them addictive?

Why Performance-Based Incentives for Teachers Make No Sense

By · August 13th, 2018

There have been multiple attempts by federal and state politicians to introduce performance pay policies for teachers. Thomas Granger debunks the common arguments made for performance-based pay and discusses how we can improve our education system by providing our teachers with more resources and better support.

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