Sam O'Connor

Sam O'Connor

Sam is a third year Arts student at the University of Melbourne, and is unusual amongst ESSA committee members in that he doesn’t even study Economics. This is mostly due to his deep and abiding dislike for mathematics, which has led him to major in History and Politics instead. He joined ESSA due to his interest in public policy and writing, and serves as an Editor. Previously, he was a part of the Staff of Writers in 2015, enabling him to write about his twin obsessions of American politics and soccer.

In his spare time, Sam enjoys reading books that he realistically will never finish, attending sporting events, using Oxford commas, and drinking unhealthily large amounts of English Breakfast tea.

Pluralism in the economics curriculum: why it is needed and how you can obtain it

By · July 10th, 2017

A common criticism levelled at economics departments is that their teaching focuses too narrowly on neoclassical ideas and does not properly explore other schools of thought within the discipline. Tim Thornton argues for a change of approach, and demonstrates one way you can explore economic pluralism if you so desire.

Double Dissolution, Double Jeopardy: The Senate

By · July 3rd, 2016

Sam O’Connor dives into Election 2016’s early Senate results

Election 2016: Youth unemployment

By · July 1st, 2016

Sam O’Connor compares the two major parties’ policies on their proposals to help young jobseekers find employment.

The $350 million match

By · May 26th, 2016

You might not have heard of it, but it’s the biggest sporting contest in the world when it comes to its monetary value. Sam O’Connor explains the riches of the Championship play-off final.

Trumping the odds: What to expect on Super Tuesday

By · March 1st, 2016

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have shattered the rules and expectations of American politics. As the 2016 campaign enters Super Tuesday, can they continue to beat the odds? Sam O’Connor provides you with everything you need to know about this most important day of the primary season.


By · August 5th, 2015

If a neoliberal created a sporting league, it might look a bit like European soccer, writes Sam O’Connor.

Britain’s craziest ever election

By · May 7th, 2015

The UK is set for an unprecedented election result come the evening of May 7th. Here’s all you need to know about what’s in store.

Republicans in the wild: a spotter’s guide

By · May 3rd, 2015

Sam O’Connor observes 2016’s Republican hopefuls in their natural habitat.

It’s time for a land tax

By · April 3rd, 2015

Sam O’Connor argues that stamp duty should be replaced with a broad-based land tax, to improve the government bottom line and help Australians deal with the rising cost of home ownership.

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