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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.

Simple gifts: celibacy and communism

By · April 12th, 2014

Elijah Lim reflects on the story of American Shakerism: though celibacy and communism were the two cornerstones upon which the Shaker communes were founded, they were what eventually led to their decline.

Huawei: a justifiable ban or a missed opportunity?

By · April 11th, 2014

Emily Vuong investigates the government’s decision to prioritise transparency in the case of Huawei and the National Broadband Network.

Scavenging for rationality at the Camberwell Sunday Market

By · April 10th, 2014

A pictorial and graphical illustration of the concept of utility as observed at the Camberwell Sunday Market.

Living Economics Part 2: Stimulus-response on the demand side

By · April 10th, 2014

The psychology of preferences: UNSW’s Gigi Foster delivers her second blog post on social trends that underlie demand, and how economies can be destabilised when these change.

Does being an economist make me a bad person?

By · April 9th, 2014

In her ESSA debut, Anisha Kidd examines the blurred lines between economics and ethics.

Did Reaganomics kick-off with a Keynesian stimulus?

By · April 7th, 2014

Joey Moloney assesses a seemingly odd claim that is not short on credibility.

A hypothetical foray into time as a resource

By · April 6th, 2014

In his ESSA debut, Daniel Tan explains why time is the ultimate resource, and visits seemingly outlandish concepts such as time elasticity, a changing supply of lifetime, and time travel.

The boy who cried wolf

By · April 6th, 2014

By mapping out the mechanics of a classic story using game theory, David Huang examines the idea of reputation, its importance and associated strategies.

The rise of the QWERTY keyboard

By · April 5th, 2014

Ever wondered how efficiently you type? Cordelia Foo examines the origins of the QWERTY keyboard and how it came to be the universal standard.

The economic irrationality of new conservatives

By · April 3rd, 2014

Matthew Rao examines the flaws in new conservative economic thinking. Can new conservatives reconcile their defence of strong communities with their commitment to economic rationalism?

Neoliberal foundations: an introduction to Friedrich Hayek

By · April 2nd, 2014

In their ESSA debut, Dan Clayton-Chubb and John Davis (two medical students and soon to be doctors) commence an exploration into one of history’s greatest thinkers.

Closing the Gap

By · March 31st, 2014

March’s infographic looks at the employment disadvantage facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Abolishing the Federal Reserve

By · March 31st, 2014

Why ending the Fed could be one of the best decisions America ever makes.

The economics of the tourist rip-off

By · March 30th, 2014

Olivia Robins uses game theory to explain how one small Belgian café’s costs have been changed by globalisation.

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