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The Universal Basic Income – legitimate policy or far-off pipe dream?

By · April 11th, 2019

The idea of a Universal Basic Income is emerging from the wilderness and is now firmly in the political spotlight, but is it really the blessing it claims to be? Chris Craig explores.

No Man is an Island – How Climate Change is Aggravating Economic Inequality

By · April 3rd, 2019

Carbon emissions have global, but uneven, consequences. Sarsha Crawley explores how climate change is exacerbating multidimensional economic inequality.

Inequality, tax and the budget – part 1

By · March 29th, 2019

Income distribution, infrastructure spending and the tax-welfare system. Miguel Ayala explores what we can expect from the 2019 federal budget.

How subjective is it?

By · March 27th, 2019

When asked, economists generally acknowledge that individual preferences differ from person to person, but it seems very easy to forget. Mitchell Harvey questions whether we take subjectivism seriously.

An Unconventional Policy

By · March 22nd, 2019

Unlike Keynes in 1936, technology means that we are no longer restricted to the assumption that cash cannot bear interest. Lemia Bickalo explores unconventional monetary policy in the modern age.

Does private health insurance take pressure off the public health system?

By · March 20th, 2019

The government spends $6 billion a year on rebates for private health insurance. Thao-Mi Bui investigates if such hefty expenditure is worth it.

Solar panels and the split incentive problem

By · March 15th, 2019

For a country known for being so sunny, why aren’t there solar panels on every roof? Chris McHenry explores the ‘split incentive’ problem which prevents 30% of Australians living in rental properties from using solar energy.

The economics of sleep deprivation

By · March 13th, 2019

One in four Australians is sleep deprived, a silent burden to Australia’s health care sector and productivity possibilities. Sarsha Crawley explores the national economic cost of insufficient sleep and how it constrains individual economic potential.

The Case Against Education

By · March 12th, 2019

How much of what you’ve learnt in your degree is actually useful? Or is your degree just a piece of paper to show off at interviews? Conor Yung reopens the age-old debate about education and brings to you the perfect article to start off the semester and that might convince you to start skipping your lectures.

Is Trumponomics making the American economy great again?

By · March 8th, 2019

No matter your opinions on him personally, the US economy is seemingly booming under President Trump. But can this really be attributed to Trumponomics? Chris Craig investigates.

How handbag aficionados are ‘bagging’ a return

By · March 6th, 2019

What if the splurge on a designer handbag offers more than just a fashion statement? With designer handbags often multiplying in resale value, Jessica Tang explores the phenomenon that is handbag investment.

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.

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