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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!

Budget 2017: Housing affordability

By · May 14th, 2017

Housing affordability is the hot-button issue of Australian politics at the moment. Did Scott Morrison’s much-vaunted Budget make it easier for you to buy a house? Bilal Ibrahim explores what you need to know.

Gonski 2.0: Turnbull’s Great Heist

By · May 12th, 2017

The announcement of the Turnbull Government’s intention to commit to a massive increase in funding for Australian schools has upturned Australian politics. Andrew Wong explores the ramifications of ‘Gonski 2.0’.

Immigrants are not stealing your jobs

By · May 12th, 2017

Using economic models, Suvi Lokuge examines immigration policy and attempts to answer the age-old question – do immigrants steal jobs from native workers?

Economics and ‘Plumbing’? Getting back to the basics

By · May 11th, 2017

As economics is turning into an empirical science, what should be the role of an economist, and should economics refocus from ‘philosophy’ to ‘plumbing’? Fredrik Thor investigates.

Budget 2017: ESSA Writers React

By · May 10th, 2017

As Scott Morrison hands out his second budget, ESSA Writers provide their thoughts and reactions.

The Economic Benefits of Marriage Equality

By · May 8th, 2017

It seems that it makes good economic sense to support marriage equality. Jasmine Nguyen discusses its positive impacts on the Australian economy.

Saving the Murray, one incentive at a time

By · May 6th, 2017

In the Murray-Darling Basin, water is valued as both a vital commodity and an ecological necessity. Market-based approaches towards water management have struggled to balance these competing demands, writes Eddie Go.

Do we live in a post-truth world?

By · May 4th, 2017

Society and popular culture portrays honesty as noble and lying as immoral. We claim to hate lying politicians, but at the same time happily vote them into office without hesitation. Andrew Wong explores this paradox.

Hot Air Rising: The erratic state of affairs within Australian climate change politics

By · May 3rd, 2017

Climate change policy in Australia has fluctuated over the past ten years, perhaps at the behest of continuity required to successfully address the problem. Zecheng Han explores why this is the case.

Going Premium

By · April 30th, 2017

Callum Filshie explores how some premium subscription apps are much more worthwhile than others, despite all taking advantage of usage pressure.

Sense over cents

By · April 28th, 2017

We all donate to charity, what impact is our money having?

Why you can’t fix Monash’s parking mess with just more parking

By · April 26th, 2017

Parking at Monash is terrible, but it’s not because the administration hates you. Justin Liu explains why there’s literally nothing anyone can do about it.

Why Australia won’t ‘pivot to China’

By · April 20th, 2017

Charlie Lyons Jones explores why a ‘pivot’ to China is not on the cards for Australia, despite the increasing connections between the two states.

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