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Solar panels and the split incentive problem

By · March 15th, 2019

For a country known for being so sunny, why aren’t there solar panels on every roof? Chris McHenry explores the ‘split incentive’ problem which prevents 30% of Australians living in rental properties from using solar energy.

The economics of sleep deprivation

By · March 13th, 2019

One in four Australians is sleep deprived, a silent burden to Australia’s health care sector and productivity possibilities. Sarsha Crawley explores the national economic cost of insufficient sleep and how it constrains individual economic potential.

The Case Against Education

By · March 12th, 2019

How much of what you’ve learnt in your degree is actually useful? Or is your degree just a piece of paper to show off at interviews? Conor Yung reopens the age-old debate about education and brings to you the perfect article to start off the semester and that might convince you to start skipping your lectures.

Is Trumponomics making the American economy great again?

By · March 8th, 2019

No matter your opinions on him personally, the US economy is seemingly booming under President Trump. But can this really be attributed to Trumponomics? Chris Craig investigates.

How handbag aficionados are ‘bagging’ a return

By · March 6th, 2019

What if the splurge on a designer handbag offers more than just a fashion statement? With designer handbags often multiplying in resale value, Jessica Tang explores the phenomenon that is handbag investment.

Cash or card…or Afterpay?

By · October 26th, 2018

With Christmas and Boxing Day sales around the corner, Nathan McClelland explores some of the alternative payment methods consumers have been turning towards.

Mixing economics with water

By · October 22nd, 2018

Economics 101 tells us that competitive markets result in better value for consumers. Ismini Karamesinis, a regulatory analyst at the Essential Services Commission, explores how regulation is tackled in an area where monopolies rule.

The role of blockchain technology in fiscal and monetary policy

By · October 19th, 2018

With blockchain technology gaining more and more traction within the mainstream, Lemia Bickalo explores its potentially important role in transforming economies.

How much should politicians be paid? (Part 2 of 2)

By · October 16th, 2018

After analysing the politics of developing countries, Hasitha Jayatilake directs his focus to the economics of paying politicians in developed countries.

Dostoevsky to those who want to change the world: Part 2 of 2

By · October 12th, 2018

How do a Russian fiction writer’s works relate to economic theory? And does it really matter? Sao Yang Hew explains.

The cashless society

By · October 10th, 2018

Cash is fast becoming a thing of the past, and as such the cashless society is upon us. Chris Craig dissects the ramifications of this shift in the way we pay.

Free-floating contempt

By · October 5th, 2018

With much-needed wit and humour, Nick diagnoses the otherwise very troubling illness that currently plagues public discourse – reductivist economic arguments.

The Pursuit of Gross National Happiness

By · October 3rd, 2018

Treating environmental policy as a means to economic growth has been largely unsuccessful. Sarsha Crawley explores how by prioritising happiness, Bhutan takes leaps in both economic and environmental prosperity.

#ScoMo: Unmasking Australia’s 30th Prime Minister – Part 2

By · September 28th, 2018

After dissecting the taxation schemes of the former Treasurer, Jessica Tang continues her evaluation of Scott Morrison’s past policies, with an indication of what we can expect in the future.

#ScoMo: Unmasking Australia’s 30th Prime Minister – Part 1

By · September 27th, 2018

The drama may have ended, but political uncertainty remains untouched as Scott Morrison assumes office as the 30th Prime Minister of Australia. In her two-part analysis, Jessica Tang critically examines the public policy of Australia’s former Treasurer.

Dostoevsky to those who want to change the world: Part 1 of 2

By · September 21st, 2018

Can we really change the world? Can we really build a heavenly utopia on Earth? Sao Yang Hew uses the perspective of a Russian author’s psychological literature to answer these questions.

A game of cartel combat

By · September 19th, 2018

In a corporate landscape seemingly rife with dubious activity and insufficient regulatory reach, the ACCC’s game theory based whistleblower approach to cartels may be an unexpected diamond in the rough. Tingnan Li forgoes a cape but nevertheless investigates this unlikely hero.

The economic contribution of mega sporting events and professional sport

By · September 14th, 2018

Miguel Ayala puts an economic lens over mega sporting events and examines the costs and benefits for host countries committing to significant investments in these long-term projects.

Getting the market ready for the NDIS

By · September 12th, 2018

Jasmine Nguyen explains the rationale for the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the necessary interventions to get it working as intended.

Does the collapse of the Turkish lira pose more than just a local threat?

By · August 31st, 2018

The Turkish lira has had a rough start to 2018. Nathan McClelland explores the factors propelling its downward spiral, and whether the global economy could be affected.

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