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The economic advantages of disabled labour inclusion

By · May 1st, 2014

Australia’s disability spending is projected to balloon. Catherine Paquette proposes a solution to make all better off—not just economically.

Myths of the third sector: executive pay

By · April 30th, 2014

Can you make a fortune running a charity? Cynthia Huang examines the intricacies behind non-profit executive remuneration.

VOC: The birth of the modern corporation

By · April 29th, 2014

Nicholas Tarrant has a look at VOC – the Dutch East India Company – and its influences upon the modern capitalist system.

A Game of ‘Productivity’

By · April 28th, 2014

In a world divided by vicious factionalism and political ambition, Oliver examines whether the Lannisters’ greatest threat stems from a rapidly deteriorating economy.

The Icelandic pandemic

By · April 28th, 2014

How one small country experienced history’s largest systematic banking collapse

Time for the ACCC to declare victory in the ‘shopper dockets’ war

By · April 27th, 2014

Professor Stephen King explains and evaluates the ACCC’s efforts in restricting the extent of fuel discounts offered by Woolworth and Coles shopper dockets. Should ACCC go further?

The resurgence of human slavery

By · April 26th, 2014

Annie Cao explores the economic makeup of human trafficking in the sex industry in Australia.

Environmental accounts: the future for a balanced budget

By · April 25th, 2014

Brody Viney explores the natural capital that is left out of our national accounts, and the burgeoning conversation about ecological economics.

Why an environmentalist should befriend an economist

By · April 24th, 2014

Robert Greco exposes the fallacy of environmentalist-endorsed rules of thumb and discusses what can be done.

Is learning a foreign language worth it?

By · April 23rd, 2014

Philip O’Riordan examines the merits of learning foreign languages.

Fear of deflation re-ignites in the Eurozone

By · April 22nd, 2014

Marco Madzzar analyses the economics underlying the re-emerging fears of deflation in the Eurozone

Are education vouchers truly a free-market solution?

By · April 22nd, 2014

Chandan Hegde offers his take on whether the popular solution to privatising education truly achieves free-market ideals.

The age of euphemisms

By · April 20th, 2014

Matthew Rao dissects the political language of today and its usefulness for policymakers.

A tale of two classes: China’s hukou-based discrimination – Part 2

By · April 20th, 2014

Following an overview of hukou’s history, Alice He’s second instalment discusses how China’s economic development depends on its rural migrant workers – the unofficial lower class of modern China.

Tragedy of the Oreos

By · April 19th, 2014

Why did Yannis choose to eat Oreos for breakfast? It seems like quite an inappropriate time to eat Oreos… Is he just an irrational man? Economics may help to explain this odd choice better than one may first think.

Australia’s fast fashion revolution

By · April 18th, 2014

Danny Wang explores the implications of the fast fashion craze sweeping Australia, and the rest of the globe.

Internet piracy: time for a more progressive solution

By · April 17th, 2014

In his ESSA debut, Nick Tarrant has a look at the internet piracy situation in Australia. What can be done to alleviate the problem?

David Graeber, UOI an explanation

By · April 16th, 2014

Dan Clayton-Chubb and John Davis respond to a recent Guardian piece by David Graeber.

The problems (and promise) of microfinance

By · April 15th, 2014

In just under a decade, microfinance has gone from winning the Nobel Peace Prize to being described as “a poster child of exploitation of the vulnerable.” Matthew Vethecan explores what has gone wrong and how we can fix it.

Finger lickin’ good: will Australia get a taste for a sugar tax?

By · April 14th, 2014

Olivia Robins examines the viability of a sugar tax in our society today.

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