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The boom and the bust

By · April 26th, 2018

Modern economists have consistently failed to predict and explain the business cycle. Mitchell Harvey argues that an old idea, long rejected by the mainstream economics profession, may be worth reconsidering.

From goods to services: The change in the video game industry

By · April 23rd, 2018

In the age of distraction, video games are becoming a larger part of our lives. Tony Xie investigates how publishers are adopting new revenue models to take advantage of this growing market.

Explaining the recent tumble in US stocks

By · April 20th, 2018

US equities have had a shaky start to 2018. Nathan McClelland explores some of the possible reasons for this volatility.

The deficit behind Australia’s ‘democratic deficit’

By · April 19th, 2018

In an age of rising populism around the world due to political disengagement often we assume that our democratic system is flawed. Dan Crowley discusses voter dissatisfaction and the merits of Australian democracy.

Is it all Gucci for the future of luxury fashion?

By · April 18th, 2018

Is this the beginning of the end for the largest luxury fashion houses? What can the likes of Gucci and Chanel do to fight back against the tide of fast fashion and e-commerce? Tingnan Li investigates.

The rise of aquaculture in Australia

By · April 14th, 2018

Aquaculture is a fast-growing industry with the power to revolutionise the way humans obtain their seafood. Liam Zippel explores the benefits of this industry in Australia.

Trump’s trade ban: Ridiculous or rational?

By · April 10th, 2018

With the world’s two largest economic powers hurtling towards a trade war after the US accused China of unfair trading practices, Thomas Goh delves into China’s trading practices to determine whether these accusations are justified.

(Mis)Behaviour: Economics and the academy’s great image problem

By · April 9th, 2018

Sam Triantafillopoulos breaks down the disconnect between academic and real-world economics and suggests how we can bridge that gap.

Tech Disruption: How has the As-A-Service Business Model Impacted the Labour Market?

By · April 2nd, 2018

Due to the impact of globalisation many companies are outsourcing their IT departments in order to remain competitive. But how will this shift affect employees in the IT workforce? Callum Filshie explains.

Sticky business

By · March 30th, 2018

Amy Pereira discusses the not-so-sweet side of the maple-syrup industry.

Going global: Why exporting services is key to Australia’s long-term growth

By · March 22nd, 2018

Lemia Bickalo discusses why exporting services is the key to Australia’s new road to prosperity.

The economics behind the ‘living wage’ debate

By · March 19th, 2018

Australia has joined the global political trend towards greater wage regulation, with a recent campaign from the ACTU calling for a ‘living wage’. However, examining the predicted effects of such a change would reveal it to be based on misguided beliefs. Conor Yung explains.

Are pandas white elephants?

By · March 9th, 2018

Pandas are the world’s most expensive animal to keep in captivity. Julia Pham discusses the reasons behind panda conservation and explains why everything isn’t so black and white.

Are things getting better?

By · March 7th, 2018

How do twenty-first century problems stack up when viewed through a historical lens? Nick Henderson considers whether 200 years of context can change our perceptions.

Beauty products – is ‘natural’ really better than synthetic?

By · March 2nd, 2018

Are natural beauty products genuinely a healthier, environmentally and socially friendlier alternative? Thao-Mi Bui explores some of the hidden traps associated with the most recent pivot towards the natural health market.

Miracles in Wakanda

By · February 28th, 2018

Mitchell Harvey shows how economics can ruin an otherwise excellent movie. Once again, economics reinvigorates its reputation as ‘the dismal science’.

Understanding the NRA

By · October 24th, 2017

The National Rifle Association is arguably America’s most powerful – and most feared – lobby group. But why is the NRA so powerful? What does it do? Cassie Lew explores.

China is headed for breaking point – unless its institutions can change

By · October 20th, 2017

Nick Henderson considers the impact of China’s political institutions on its future, and argues that Chinese growth in its current form is unsustainable.

Does Blockchain live up to the hype?

By · October 18th, 2017

When celebrities such as Floyd Mayweather, Paris Hilton and DJ Khaled start promoting cryptocurrencies, it’s safe to say that the blockchain space has well and truly caught the public’s attention. But is much of this hype just hot air? Solomon explores.

Fairtrade Coffee: Does a coffee a day keep poverty away?

By · October 12th, 2017

Many students would argue that coffee is the primary causal factor behind their success. Is it also the key to success for those in poverty? Thao-Mi Bui investigates.

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