Lemia Bickalo discusses why exporting services is the key to Australia’s new road to prosperity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mitchell Harvey shows how economics can ruin an otherwise excellent movie. Once again, economics reinvigorates its reputation as ‘the dismal science’.
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.
Nick Henderson considers the impact of China’s political institutions on its future, and argues that Chinese growth in its current form is unsustainable.
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.
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.
Exorbitant drug pricing by Big Pharma is often viewed as exploitative and unfair to those who don’t have the support of insurance or government subsidies. Justin Liu sort-of explains why it might be a necessary evil.
Public-private partnerships, or PPPs, are a popular means of infrastructure development. But are they economical in satisfying our infrastructure needs, or just another example of corruption and flawed governance? Nicolas Alexiou explains.
This article first appeared in Equilibrium 2017 – check out the full magazine via the Equilibrium tab at the top of this page!
Amy Pereira investigates whether economic sanctions are effective, or just the foreign policy equivalent of the naughty corner.
A dilemma for those who a have crush on their friend: do you want love or do you just want to stay friends? Jasmine Nguyen explores how to play the love coordination game for a friend.
Venezuela was once an economic powerhouse and socialist paradise driven by immense oil wealth. Now, it’s on the brink of complete collapse, with protests on the streets and a government in turmoil. What happened?
It’s no secret that Millennials love to travel and explore the world. But given the budget constraints of the average twenty-something year old, is it really the wisest hobby to indulge in? Julia Pham and Justin Liu battle it out in an #ESSADebate on whether you should pack your bags, or stay put. Have a read, and then vote for your favourite in our poll below!
It’s a multi-billion dollar industry that operates virtually incognito. Mi-Thao goes under the covers to investigate the porn industry and its future.
Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc across the Southern United States, causing severe flooding and breakdowns in all sorts of essential infrastructure such as transport and communication. At some point, there seems to have been an erosion of the unwritten rules that form our social norms, and at the surface, it can appear that there are profiteers seeking to make a quick buck out of the desperate – price gouging.
When India removed 86% of its cash from circulation in 2016, the intention was to disrupt organised crime and move the country into the digital age. Instead, chaos spread across the nation, highlighting the danger of taking shortcuts to economic and social progress. Nick explores.
With the advancement of technology, eBooks have made reading much more convenient. But there’s just something about holding an old-fashioned book in your hands. Amy Pereira and Jasmine Nguyen battle it out in a #ESSADebate to see which reading format reigns supreme. Have a read and then vote for your favourite in our poll below, to crown the winner once and for all!