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Emily Vuong

Emily Vuong

Emily is a third-year Bachelor of Commerce student at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Economics and Management.

Emily joined the ESSA writing team because she believes economics’ ability to provide formal models of human interaction is fascinating. She enjoys studying contemporary political ideology and the impacts that conflicting ideals have on the global economy. Emily is also interested in social welfare and equity in international trade, in particular the improvement of health outcomes in developing nations.

Outside of ESSA, Emily is addicted to reading health blogs and loves Bikram yoga. Her guilty pleasures include watching reruns of House of Cards whilst eagerly awaiting the third season.

Do the global rich inflict extreme poverty on the global poor?

By · October 19th, 2014

Emily Vuong examines the argument that the current global institutional order is responsible for the suffering of the world’s poor.

Measuring global poverty

By · July 11th, 2014

Emily Vuong explores the use of the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) as the latest measure of extreme economic inequality. Can it finally replace GDP per capita?

Huawei: a justifiable ban or a missed opportunity?

By · April 11th, 2014

Emily Vuong investigates the government’s decision to prioritise transparency in the case of Huawei and the National Broadband Network.

The secret to East Asian modernisation

By · March 21st, 2014

Both market-based and centrally planned economies went down the inevitable path of industrialisation during the 20th century. Emily Vuong reflects on the unique experiences of Japan and China.


The failures of neoliberalism

By · March 6th, 2014

Emily Vuong presents a scathing evaluation of the predominant free-market ideology.

Opening the front door wider

By · October 21st, 2013

Earlier this year, former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser argued that a solution to the refugee crisis exists. Did his policies work then and would they still work now? Emily Vuong explores.

Terrorism, fear and the impacts on economic rationality

By · October 13th, 2013

Emily Vuong explores the distortive impact that fear perpetuated by terrorism has on subjective beliefs and individual choices.

The Coalition’s first week signals a promising economic future

By · September 20th, 2013

Consumer and business sentiment has risen on the back of Tony Abbott’s election win. Emily Vuong explores what else is contributing to this promise of prosperity.


The economics of happiness

By · August 28th, 2013

Emily Vuong analyses what factors contribute to one’s happiness and explores the emerging economic research that is increasingly explaining what is fundamentally such a philosophical concept.

Inspiration vs. perspiration: what was the key to East Asia’s economic success?

By · May 22nd, 2013

Over the past half a century, a collection of eight nations across Eastern Asia have experienced consistent and incredible rates of economic growth. Was it just luck, or were there far more tangible reasons for these countries’ success?

The ugly (economic) truth about our food industry

By · April 21st, 2013

The obesity epidemic is a phenomenon built over the decades, and we’re being served our just desserts.

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