Past guest writers for ESSA have included: Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich; The Centre for Independent Studies and Dr W. Max Corden; Emeritus Professor of International Economics, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Graduate Winners

By · August 12th, 2012

Industry Guest Andrew Norton from Grattan Institute clarifies his paper, Graduate Winners, on higher education funding.

Theory, Data, and Experiments

By · June 3rd, 2012

By James Bland. The economic method, and the method of economics – why it is a science.

Taxation of Superannuation

By · May 20th, 2012

An informed discussion on what superannuation is, how it is taxed in Australia, and the inefficiencies and inequities inherent in a non-uniform tax rate across different forms of labour and savings time-horizons.

Ambulance Economics

By · April 15th, 2012

In my view, John Maynard Keynes was the greatest economist. Of course there were others, notably Adam Smith, David Ricardo and Alfred Marshall – all from Britain – but Keynes has made the greatest difference to macroeconomic policies and perhaps to welfare in developed countries. And we have indeed not had another great world depression.

Becoming a Better Economist

By · February 26th, 2012

By Oliver Marc Hartwich

Traditional rankings of the least trustworthy professions always deliver the same result. Politicians, taxi drivers and journalists come out on top. However, in the wake of the financial crisis economists can no longer be far behind. At least jokes about hapless economists are not in short supply these days – which to economists is a clear indication that there must be a demand for such ridicule.

My favourite economics joke is about the two Iron Laws of economics. The first law: For every economist there exists an equal and opposite economist. The second: They are both wrong.

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