Matthew Rao is in his fourth year at La Trobe University studying a double degree in accounting and economics. Matthew has joined the ESSA writing team this year to dissect a variety of political and economic issues and in doing so, hopefully provide some clarity for an interested audience. Matthew has a keen interest in political economy, especially in the United States, and believes that with a proper understanding of economics in both the theoretical and historical sense; public policy can become more equitable. His guitar and his unreasonable desire to play like Jimi Hendrix takes up the rest of his time.
Matthew Rao dissects why we currently find ourselves awash in populism, from Trump to UKIP and everything inbetween.
We need a lucid tax discussion, but the language of our leaders suggests we won’t get it, says Matthew Rao.
Can simple economic frameworks be applied to the free speech debate? Matthew Rao believes so.
Matthew Rao determines whether unemployment should take hold of the national consciousness
Matthew Rao outlines the two key areas the Obama administration must focus on in its remaining years.
Matthew Rao examines the impact of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic approach two years on.
Matthew Rao shows how economic growth and political success can be reached through suitable climate policy.
Matthew Rao applies rational thinking to how civilisation should approach the Islamic State.
Matthew Rao explains why the carbon tax should have never been politicised.
Matthew Rao examines the merits of the two main approaches to dealing with global economic stagnation.
Matthew Rao explains how Germany has been the Eurozone’s worst enemy rather than its saviour.
Matthew Rao provides an explanation for why the American left has let down Ukraine.