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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.

Trump: how did we get here?

By · November 6th, 2016

Matthew Rao dissects why we currently find ourselves awash in populism, from Trump to UKIP and everything inbetween.

What the economy would look like under a hypothetical Trump presidency

By · October 28th, 2016

As a Trump Presidency is looking increasingly unlikely, Julia Pham examines the GOP candidate’s economic policies and explains how we dodged a bullet.

Sugar Dating: An efficient way to make money and make love

By · October 26th, 2016

The sugar dating market is constantly growing, as more and more people are searching for companionship or financial support. Jasmine Nguyen takes an in-depth look at current state of the market.

Behind the booming Supply and Demand of Music Festivals

By · October 19th, 2016

Recent years have marked the exponential growth of music festival events in Australia and across the globe. Solomon explores the economic rationale behind this phenomenon.

When voters lie…

By · October 14th, 2016

When a rational American voter heads to the polls next month, we naturally assume they’ll be casting a vote for their favourite presidential candidate. Eddie Go explains how the plurality voting system used in US elections challenges this assumption and fosters the practice of insincere voting.

Economic elite welcome two new members

By · October 12th, 2016

Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström were awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics. Edmund Kemsley explains why.

Why staying in a dying industry may be the right choice…

By · October 5th, 2016

They say a person will have multiple different jobs in their career. But how easy is it to switch into a new role, a new workplace, a new industry? How feasible is to discard your current skills and learn something completely new? Taylor Nugent explores.

The 1st Presidential Debate: ESSA Writers React

By · September 27th, 2016

After a dramatic 90 minutes of debate, millions of people were left reacting to a memorable tussle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Some of ESSA’s Staff of Writers have their say below.

The 1st Presidential Debate: A setback for the Donald?

By · September 27th, 2016

A fiery first presidential debate has just concluded over in the United States. After 90 memorable minutes, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton left the stage leaving millions with lots to consider. Tom Crowley provides his hot take on the debate.

Why are my flights still so expensive?

By · September 23rd, 2016

Sky-high airfares: Eloise Hesse explores why flights still so expensive.

Section 18C: does it go too far?

By · September 19th, 2016

Australia is a democratic society, with liberal values at its bedrock. However, does legislation aimed at limiting hate speech go too far in restricting one’s right to free speech? Chris Kounelis makes the case for why Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act should be reformed.

Democracy: a drag on economic development?

By · September 18th, 2016

We take it as a given that democracy and wealth go hand in hand. However, is this really as much of a truism as we think? Does democracy result in inefficiency and an unwillingness on the part of elected officials to make tough decisions? Quoc Anh Nguyen examines this difficult questions.

Development Aid: A Mixed Track Record

By · September 16th, 2016

Extreme poverty has never been lower in the history of mankind. 135 billion USD is spent on official development aid every year. However, to eradicate extreme poverty, is the answer to simply increase aid? Fredrik Thor investigates.

The Subscription Economy

By · September 14th, 2016

From Netflix and Spotify to…Razors and iPhones? Solomon explores why the subscription business model is here to stay, and why this is good news for you as a consumer.

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