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Phillip O'Riordan

Phillip O'Riordan

Phil is a third year Bachelor of Commerce student majoring in Economics and Finance. He was originally interested in studying medicine and biology but after being introduced to economics developed a special interest in how economic theories can be applied to everyday life. He still has a soft-spot for biology, and is also particularly interested in American politics (and football), travelling, golf and improving his German.

The prisoners dilemma – the economic issues of America’s for-profit prisons

By · October 8th, 2014

Phillip O’Riordan examines America’s for-profit prisons and highlights the economic incentives influencing how they operate.

The classroom monopoly – why graphing calculators cost so much

By · September 17th, 2014

Phillip O’Riordan examines Texas Instruments’ monopoly on the graphing calculator market.

Blood money – should blood donors be paid?

By · August 13th, 2014

Australia is facing a budget blowout – a plasma budget blowout. Phillip O’Riordan examines the merits of remunerating blood donors.

Monetising organ donations

By · June 11th, 2014

Philip O’Riordan considers the merits of monetising organ donation. Would it solve the problem?


The disposable home: why Japanese real estate is failing

By · May 14th, 2014

Most Japanese homes (excluding the land) have lost all resale value within 15 years of construction. Philip O’Riordan examines why.

Is learning a foreign language worth it?

By · April 23rd, 2014

Philip O’Riordan examines the merits of learning foreign languages.

Banking on luck: are prize-linked bank accounts the perfect product for non-savers?

By · March 19th, 2014

Philip O’Riordan examines the economic rationale behind prize-linked savings accounts.

Spain’s tax on sunlight – the candle makers’ tax?

By · October 16th, 2013

How a solar power industry is born and buried: Phillip O’Riordan looks at the case of government intervention in Spain.


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