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(Mis)Behaviour: Economics and the academy’s great image problem

By · April 9th, 2018

Sam Triantafillopoulos breaks down the disconnect between academic and real-world economics and suggests how we can bridge that gap.

Tech Disruption: How has the As-A-Service Business Model Impacted the Labour Market?

By · April 2nd, 2018

Due to the impact of globalisation many companies are outsourcing their IT departments in order to remain competitive. But how will this shift affect employees in the IT workforce? Callum Filshie explains.

Sticky business

By · March 30th, 2018

Amy Pereira discusses the not-so-sweet side of the maple-syrup industry.

Going global: Why exporting services is key to Australia’s long-term growth

By · March 22nd, 2018

Lemia Bickalo discusses why exporting services is the key to Australia’s new road to prosperity.

The economics behind the ‘living wage’ debate

By · March 19th, 2018

Australia has joined the global political trend towards greater wage regulation, with a recent campaign from the ACTU calling for a ‘living wage’. However, examining the predicted effects of such a change would reveal it to be based on misguided beliefs. Conor Yung explains.

Are pandas white elephants?

By · March 9th, 2018

Pandas are the world’s most expensive animal to keep in captivity. Julia Pham discusses the reasons behind panda conservation and explains why everything isn’t so black and white.

Are things getting better?

By · March 7th, 2018

How do twenty-first century problems stack up when viewed through a historical lens? Nick Henderson considers whether 200 years of context can change our perceptions.

Beauty products – is ‘natural’ really better than synthetic?

By · March 2nd, 2018

Are natural beauty products genuinely a healthier, environmentally and socially friendlier alternative? Thao-Mi Bui explores some of the hidden traps associated with the most recent pivot towards the natural health market.

Miracles in Wakanda

By · February 28th, 2018

Mitchell Harvey shows how economics can ruin an otherwise excellent movie. Once again, economics reinvigorates its reputation as ‘the dismal science’.

Understanding the NRA

By · October 24th, 2017

The National Rifle Association is arguably America’s most powerful – and most feared – lobby group. But why is the NRA so powerful? What does it do? Cassie Lew explores.

China is headed for breaking point – unless its institutions can change

By · October 20th, 2017

Nick Henderson considers the impact of China’s political institutions on its future, and argues that Chinese growth in its current form is unsustainable.

Does Blockchain live up to the hype?

By · October 18th, 2017

When celebrities such as Floyd Mayweather, Paris Hilton and DJ Khaled start promoting cryptocurrencies, it’s safe to say that the blockchain space has well and truly caught the public’s attention. But is much of this hype just hot air? Solomon explores.

Fairtrade Coffee: Does a coffee a day keep poverty away?

By · October 12th, 2017

Many students would argue that coffee is the primary causal factor behind their success. Is it also the key to success for those in poverty? Thao-Mi Bui investigates.

A half-hearted defence of the pharmaceutical industry

By · October 11th, 2017

Exorbitant drug pricing by Big Pharma is often viewed as exploitative and unfair to those who don’t have the support of insurance or government subsidies. Justin Liu sort-of explains why it might be a necessary evil.

Do sanctions work?

By · October 6th, 2017

Amy Pereira investigates whether economic sanctions are effective, or just the foreign policy equivalent of the naughty corner.

Love Games: Confessing feelings to a friend

By · October 4th, 2017

A dilemma for those who a have crush on their friend: do you want love or do you just want to stay friends? Jasmine Nguyen explores how to play the love coordination game for a friend.

Venezuela: an economic tragedy

By · September 26th, 2017

Venezuela was once an economic powerhouse and socialist paradise driven by immense oil wealth. Now, it’s on the brink of complete collapse, with protests on the streets and a government in turmoil. What happened?

#ESSADebate – Youth Travel

By · September 22nd, 2017

It’s no secret that Millennials love to travel and explore the world. But given the budget constraints of the average twenty-something year old, is it really the wisest hobby to indulge in? Julia Pham and Justin Liu battle it out in an #ESSADebate on whether you should pack your bags, or stay put. Have a read, and then vote for your favourite in our poll below!

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.

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