Freya McCormick

Freya McCormick

My interest in economics began when I took Introductory Microeconomics and Introductory Macroeconomics as Development Studies electives in the second year of my Bachelor of Arts. I enjoyed studying economics so much I that changed my major and have not looked back! After completing my BA and a Diploma of Modern Languages (Spanish) I decided to undertake postgraduate study in order to further develop my technical skills and undertake quantitative research. I am passionate about the economics and politics of gender and development, and I am looking forward to regularly contributing to ESSA. Outside of academia I enjoy reading, travel and food (both eating and making it). Follow me on twitter @FreyaMcCormick.

A Great Day For Feminism?

By · October 14th, 2012

A recap on Julia Gillard’s ‘blistering speech’, calling out Tony Abbott on his history of misogyny and sexism.

Child Labour an Afterthought for Sherrin

By · October 3rd, 2012

On the recent controversy regarding child labour exploitation in the production of Sherrin footies.

The Politics and Economics of Aid

By · September 16th, 2012

Some insights into foreign aid in the budgets of modern governments.

Hungernomics: Economics on the Silver Screen

By · September 2nd, 2012

Economics lessons in popular movies.

Mining Not A Boom For Women

By · August 12th, 2012

How the two-speed economy is exacerbating gender inequality.

Gay Marriage is Good for the Economy

By · May 20th, 2012

Same-sex marriage has the potential to boost the economy’s struggling sectors.

Baillieu Government Turns its Back on Bikes

By · May 6th, 2012

Of all the Victorian budget cuts the slashing of bicycle infrastructure is perhaps the most puzzling.

Why Women Don’t Ask For More: The Gendered Cost of Workplace Negotiations

By · April 22nd, 2012

For the past twenty years the gender pay gap in Australia has hovered around 16%. There has actually been a steady rise in pay inequality in more recent years, with the gap increasing from 14.9% to 17.8% between 2004 and 2012.

Donations or Development? The Economic Implications of Kony 2012

By · April 8th, 2012

Chances are you now know who Joseph Kony is. Since its release on 5 March Kony 2012 ( has attracted more than 100 million hits on YouTube and Vimeo and has become the most successful viral video in history.

Economic Study finds Anorexia to be a ‘Socially Transmitted Disease’

By · April 1st, 2012

Dr Jofre-Bonet and Professor Costa-Front’s research repositions anorexia nervosa as, at least in part, a socially transmitted illness.

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