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Busting myths about Millennials and their spending habits

By · April 12th, 2017

Just because Millennials like coffee and holidays does not mean they’re irresponsible with their money. Julia Pham busts some myths about the spending habits of Millennials and explains how they’ve been dealt with the short end of the stick.

What’s all this bubble talk about?

By · April 7th, 2017

Plenty of debate has surrounded whether Australia is experiencing a property boom or bubble. Solomon explores some key facts, statistics and policies.

Stop making fun of me for drinking Coke Zero.

By · March 31st, 2017

Enough is enough. Stop judging me for ordering Coke Zero with everything, stop telling me that it’s bad for me. Justin Liu defends his favourite beverage from the naysayers and haters out there.

Delayed retirement: a bitter, but necessary pill to swallow

By · March 29th, 2017

Why are young Australians being asked to work longer than originally anticipated? Kyneton Morris explores the necessity behind raising the retirement age.

Trust Me: Reputation is the commodity of the sharing economy

By · March 24th, 2017

Welcome to the sharing economy, where reputation is your most valuable asset.

The Inconvenient truths behind Renewable Energy Sources

By · March 22nd, 2017

Worrying environmental events have incited governments to assume responsibility over emissions and to increase investment in renewable energy. However, the transition to renewables is far but smooth. Siddharth explores.

#ESSADebate – Pads vs Menstrual Cups

By · March 15th, 2017

We’re proud to bring you this year’s first #ESSAdebate! In honour of International Women’s Day, Julia Pham and Jasmine Nguyen engage in some healthy banter over sanitary pads and menstrual cups. Read their respective arguments for each side below and keep an eye out on Friday – we’ll be giving you the chance on Facebook to crown the winner once and for all!!

Does it pay to be smart?

By · March 10th, 2017

Intelligence is highly valued in our society. But how much is it worth? Suvi Lokuge delves into the intelligence premium and the effect of technology on the value of intelligence.

From rational economics to irrational love? Examining the changing function of marriage

By · March 8th, 2017

Love and economics? ESSA’s Solomon Zhang explores how the ‘L’ word has fundamentally changed the dynamics of modern marriage.

Who’s going to pay for climate change?

By · March 3rd, 2017

Julia Pham explores how the social discount rate is used to determine the costs of preventing climate change, and the resulting moral and ethical dilemmas that arise.

Uber is problematic – but you’ll keep using it anyway

By · March 1st, 2017

Uber is practically a staple of modern transport, but its meteoric rise has come at a cost.

America, land of liberty? Part II: Reagan’s rise, liberalism’s fall

By · February 22nd, 2017

Following on from Part I, Yaz explores how Roosevelt’s liberalism reached its peak in the 1960s, only to give way in the years to come to Ronald Reagan’s anti-government, free-market conservatism.

The cost of Free

By · February 22nd, 2017

The life of a university student is peppered with free stuff. But are free things always worth getting? Suvi Lokuge delves into the hidden costs of Free.

Why boycotts are sometimes more talk than action

By · February 17th, 2017

Consumers have a history of speaking out with their wallets when firms behave badly, but exactly what does this entail? Eddie Go explores the economics behind the consumer boycott.

Of death, taxes and silvers spoons: An argument for the inheritance tax’s reinstatement

By · February 10th, 2017

Discussing tax is never popular. Discussing the most unpopular tax? Politically foolhardy. However, with inequality on an upwards trend, it’s time we drop the politics and consider the economic merits of implementing an inheritance tax, writes Solomon Zhang.

How to fix tennis, not its matches

By · February 3rd, 2017

The life of a tennis player is commonly perceived to be lavish and glamorous. Nicolas Alexiou explains how this is far from the full truth, and explores how we can stop players from being tempted by match-fixers.

America, land of liberty? Part I: The New Deal and the Four Freedoms

By · January 30th, 2017

In this three-part series, Yaz Naji traces how the idea of freedom in the United States has shaped its economic policy from the Great Depression to modern times. Part I explores the legacy of Franklin Roosevelt in shaping American concepts of positive freedom.

MYEFO 2016-17: is the Government on the economic naughty list?

By · December 19th, 2016

‘”Twas the night before MYEFO, when all through Canberra…”

Tom Crowley explains why Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull might get a nasty surprise this Christmas.

In defence of a Facebook addiction

By · November 23rd, 2016

Rest assured, you can be a rational addict.

The 2016 Presidential Election: ESSA Reacts

By · November 9th, 2016

We’re going to have to get used to saying President Trump. ESSA’s team of writers react to a stunning election result.

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