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Electric Scooter Rentals: Fad or Revolution?

By · September 11th, 2019

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 […]

Get the price right when paying doctors

By · September 10th, 2019

Edward Meehan explores how the system that pays doctors creates perverse incentives for lower quality and more expensive care.

Australians must curb debt dependence to protect our economic future

By · September 6th, 2019

Felicia Leong explores the dark side of one of Australia’s favourite pastimes: accumulating household debt

The five-cent coin … makes no cents?

By · September 4th, 2019

Should we retire the five-cent coin from Australia’s denomination system? Jessica Tang thinks so.

America’s inverted yield curve – Time to panic?

By · August 28th, 2019

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.

Income inequality in a low-interest rate world

By · August 25th, 2019

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.[1] 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 […]

Applying Nudge Theory to increase health and wellbeing

By · August 21st, 2019

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?

The curious case of disappearing ‘likes’

By · August 16th, 2019

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.

Big Data sparks the Big Bang of the 21st century

By · August 9th, 2019

Thao-Mi Bui investigates the evolution of the world’s booming data economies.

Democracy vs Growth

By · August 7th, 2019

‘What happens when our technological innovations outpace our ability to regulate them effectively?’ Nick Henderson addresses the dark side of our technological progress.

Price Transparency: a Double Edged Sword?

By · June 21st, 2019

Ari Jain uncovers the perks and pitfalls of knowing the price to everything.

Flipping the Script on Environmental Policy

By · June 14th, 2019

Tim Woolley explores contemporary environmental policy through an economic lens.

Credit where it’s due: Australia’s Imputation Tax System

By · June 14th, 2019

Franking credits are all the rage again. But what really are they? Amber Lee sheds light on Australia’s technical tax mechanism.

Are Consumers Really Rational?

By · May 26th, 2019

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 […]

#ESSAdebate – Negative Gearing

By · May 24th, 2019

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.

Economics students and the selfish stereotype

By · May 21st, 2019

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.

Will the upcoming Federal Election be won with Policy or History?

By · May 14th, 2019

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 […]

Federal election 2019: A primer on immigration policy

By · May 12th, 2019

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[1]. This issue is complicated by the need to counterbalance resettlement, whilst, preventing the practice of ‘people smuggling’. According to the UN, […]

Deriving economic insights from Twitter and Spotify

By · May 10th, 2019

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.

Federal Election 2019: A primer on environmental policy

By · May 7th, 2019

Chris McHenry breaks down how we can expect each party to treat the environment upon coming into power.

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