This article was written by Tim Wooley. Long have cars, bikes and public transport dominated humanities movements. However, with the success of ride sharing services, investors are again interested in partnering with firms who are disrupting how we have traditionally moved around. Of particular note are dockless electric scooter rental firms such as Bird and Lime. Following the success of dockless […]
Edward Meehan explores how the system that pays doctors creates perverse incentives for lower quality and more expensive care.
Felicia Leong explores the dark side of one of Australia’s favourite pastimes: accumulating household debt
Should we retire the five-cent coin from Australia’s denomination system? Jessica Tang thinks so.
One of the most fabled economic indicators has switched into recession mode, but what exactly is an inverted yield curve, and does it really mean the end is near? Chris Craig takes a look.
A topical discussion in economics is a trend of rising Income inequality, with some calling it the most disturbing social and economic issue of our time. One way to measure this inequality is to compare the income earned by the top 1% as a share of national income. Plotted in the graph bellow we can […]
Richard Thaler received a Nobel Prize for his work on Nudge Theory, demonstrating how small prompts can change our behaviour. So how can the nexus of economics and psychology help us lead healthier lives?
Instagram’s unexpected move to trial ‘hidden likes’ begs many questions such as: why might a social media titan seemingly retire one of its most effective tools of success? Tingnan Li attempts to delve past the cacophony to make sense of the surprising move.
Thao-Mi Bui investigates the evolution of the world’s booming data economies.
‘What happens when our technological innovations outpace our ability to regulate them effectively?’ Nick Henderson addresses the dark side of our technological progress.
Ari Jain uncovers the perks and pitfalls of knowing the price to everything.
Tim Woolley explores contemporary environmental policy through an economic lens.
Franking credits are all the rage again. But what really are they? Amber Lee sheds light on Australia’s technical tax mechanism.
Much of consumer choice theory relies on the notion of individuals as economic agents; that is, beings of absolute rationality who don’t struggle with everyday problems like self-control and decision-fatigue. These agents conduct marginal analysis to extract every drop of wellbeing from seemingly routine decisions. In the late 70s, however, psychologists began to interfere with […]
Every federal election seems to enliven passionate discussion over negative gearing. Hoping to settle this debate once and for all we have Chris Craig arguing to keep negative gearing, and Conor Yung arguing for its abolition.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most selfish of them all? Could it possibly be economics students? Jessica Tang investigates the roots of this popular stereotype.
We are drawing ever closer to May 18, the day when the nation’s voters will make their way to a polling booth, enjoy a snag in the name of democracy, and ultimately judge our political leaders on whether they should run the country the next three years. This individual judgment will be influenced by a […]
Immigration is an ever-present issue in the political debate. Discourse on immigration policy has still been dominated by the need to find a solution to the 950 refugees, currently stuck on offshoring processing centers. This issue is complicated by the need to counterbalance resettlement, whilst, preventing the practice of ‘people smuggling’. According to the UN, […]
How are Twitter and Spotify being used to infer economic decisions? Sarsha Crawley explores how big data about user emotions is leveraged from Twitter and Spotify to predict economic activity and consumer sentiment.
Chris McHenry breaks down how we can expect each party to treat the environment upon coming into power.