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Editors’ Picks – October 27, 2013

By · October 27th, 2013

Each week the ESSA Editors pick out the best articles from the latest in the world of economics, politics, and everything in between.

Lessons of congestion from the Goldman Sachs

By · October 26th, 2013

Kim Liu investigates congestion on our roads, and what we can learn from Wall Street.

Can cash grants help reduce poverty?

By · October 25th, 2013

Aziel Goh examines whether outright cash grants to the poor, no strings attached, may hold one of the keys to alleviating poverty.

Hosting the Olympics – a winning strategy?

By · October 24th, 2013

Following the announcement of the 2020 Tokyo Games, Tom Xia analyses the intricacies of hosting the Olympic Games and whether it brings prosperity to the host nation.


A brief history of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

By · October 23rd, 2013

Is it or isn’t it a real Nobel Prize? Laura Mulligan takes a look at the surprising history and prior controversies of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

Homelessness, housing affordability and unsound public policy – Part 1

By · October 22nd, 2013

Yannis Goutzamanis explores the issue of homelessness and housing affordability in Australia. Is the government neglecting the structural cause of housing affordability?

Opening the front door wider

By · October 21st, 2013

Earlier this year, former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser argued that a solution to the refugee crisis exists. Did his policies work then and would they still work now? Emily Vuong explores.

Why study economics?

By · October 19th, 2013

ESSA welcomes John Lodewijks as external contributor. Lodewijks warns of a crisis in the study of economics and what this means for our democratic literacy.


The challenges of an orderly exit from quantitative easing

By · October 18th, 2013

Henry Lin analyses the future of US Quantitative Easing and the options the new Chairman Janet Yellen faces in undertaking an eventual exit of the program.

A matter of sensitivity: elasticity and people smuggling

By · October 17th, 2013

How can we know if government policy really will ‘break’ the people smugglers’ business model? Mike Pottenger weighs in on elasticities of demand and supply in the market for seeking asylum.

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.

A voice of reason

By · October 15th, 2013

While many are concerned about plans for the NBN, Lachlan Walden suggests that the indicated calm and methodical approach of Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull may actually deliver a sound outcome.


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