Chandan Hegde offers his take on whether the popular solution to privatising education truly achieves free-market ideals.
Matthew Rao dissects the political language of today and its usefulness for policymakers.
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.
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.
Danny Wang explores the implications of the fast fashion craze sweeping Australia, and the rest of the globe.
In his ESSA debut, Nick Tarrant has a look at the internet piracy situation in Australia. What can be done to alleviate the problem?
Dan Clayton-Chubb and John Davis respond to a recent Guardian piece by David Graeber.
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.
Olivia Robins examines the viability of a sugar tax in our society today.
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.
Emily Vuong investigates the government’s decision to prioritise transparency in the case of Huawei and the National Broadband Network.
A pictorial and graphical illustration of the concept of utility as observed at the Camberwell Sunday Market.
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.
In her ESSA debut, Anisha Kidd examines the blurred lines between economics and ethics.
Joey Moloney assesses a seemingly odd claim that is not short on credibility.
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.
By mapping out the mechanics of a classic story using game theory, David Huang examines the idea of reputation, its importance and associated strategies.
Ever wondered how efficiently you type? Cordelia Foo examines the origins of the QWERTY keyboard and how it came to be the universal standard.
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?
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.