No More Gifts

By · September 9th, 2016

Should we give gifts? Justin Liu makes a compelling case for why we should not…

Fate of the public library

By · September 7th, 2016

Is it time to abandon the age-old institution that has educated people for generations? Eddie Go considers the important role public libraries still have in the digital economy.

Road to Ruin: The Economic Case for choosing NOT to host the Olympic Games

By · September 2nd, 2016

“Faster, Higher, Stronger”? Edmund Kemsley explains why hosting the 2016 Summer Olympic Games will not make the local and national economic prospects stronger in Brazil.

The Economics of Sharing

By · August 31st, 2016

Sharing is an everyday phenomenon that we often take for granted. Lokuge explores the question of whether we are sharing efficiently.

Are ticket scalpers really ripping you off?

By · August 26th, 2016

Whenever a high profile event sells out, you can be sure that ticket scalpers are at work, endeavouring to make profits at the expense of those who missed out. Taylor Nugent explores why arbitrageurs succeed and explains the economics behind ticket scalping.

Quantifiably Cool? Melbourne most liveable city 6 years running

By · August 24th, 2016

And the most liveable city in the world is… Eloise Hesse explores how Melbourne has once again topped the list of liveable cities and why the measure may not be all it seems.

The return of Commballnomics: drinks, DPs and other dilemmas

By · August 24th, 2016

Forget your hair. Forget your outfit. All the Commball prep you need to think about is right here. ESSA’s Commballnomics is back for another year.

Mo Money Mo Problems: The Universal Basic Income

By · August 22nd, 2016

Ahead of tonight’s big debate between Melbourne and Monash, Matt Lagamba weighs in on the universal basic income.

Short Supply 2016

By · August 19th, 2016

This year’s issue of Short Supply features articles about the history of economic thought, tracing the history and progress of economics through the work of nine different theorists.

The Food Court Dilemma

By · August 19th, 2016

Muffins or croissants? Pizza or pasta? Can’t decide? Louise Yun explores why.

Reverse auctions and how to score the perfect bargain

By · August 15th, 2016

Laura Foo takes a look at online auction platform, Akagu, to see whether its non-traditional auction style really does mean that you can score a fantastic deal on designer items.

In our name: 2000 stories of misery on Nauru

By · August 14th, 2016

2000 incident reports leaked from the Nauru Regional Processing Centre tell a harrowing story of suffering. Leon Obrenov reflects on a national shame.

The Backpacker Tax: just more money in the government’s rucksack?

By · August 11th, 2016

Tourists flock to Australia every year for a working holiday, taking advantages of Australia’s comparatively generous policies for visitors who want to work and travel. However, that might all be about to change, and tourists and employers alike aren’t happy.

The Endorsement Game

By · August 10th, 2016

In a politically polarised America where the major party nominees are widely resented, who have the influential chosen to back? Eddie Go dissects the strategies and rationale behind endorsing (or even shunning) a presidential contender.

Why lemons don’t always make lemonade: The importance of information asymmetry

By · August 5th, 2016

Is perfect completion feasible in a world where there is imperfect knowledge? Edmund Kemsley explores how information asymmetry can lead to market degradation and, in extreme cases, failure.

The Economics of Beauty and Discrimination

By · August 3rd, 2016

‘Suvi Lokuge investigates whether it pays to be pretty.’

An economist’s lunch: optimisation in the Union House food court

By · July 31st, 2016

Sabre Konidaris takes the calculator to the counter in a quest to find the most efficient lunch on campus

Household income equality: changing families or changing pay-cheques?

By · July 29th, 2016

Statistics show that income inequality in the US is rising. However, Taylor Nugent explores how this problem is much less the fault of the labour market than people realise.

Seeing through: national reform on political donations

By · July 27th, 2016

Australia has some of the most relaxed laws on making political donations. Eloise Hesse explores how this allows undue influence from donors, while leaving voters in the dark.

Lock, stock and pork barrel: why it pays to be in a marginal seat

By · July 24th, 2016

With the second recount for the seat of Herbert beginning tomorrow night, one thing’s for sure: marginal seats get a lot of attention. What might a swing against an incumbent mean for you?

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