Economic History

The challenge of insignificance for climate change scientists

By · May 20th, 2015

At what point does rational debate turn irrational? Josh Brown examines how individual incentives are distorting rational arguments on climate change policy.

The Hanseatic League

By · April 4th, 2015

Elijah takes us to Hamburg and reflects on the city’s heritage as a flourishing centre of the Hanseatic League.

The battle of the sexes

By · March 28th, 2015

Females tend to be the better performers in school. So why aren’t they as numerous in the archetypal careers of success?

Balance sheet recessions: another economic fallacy?

By · March 26th, 2015

Marco Madzzar reflects on a new book by economist Richard Koo and its promise of resolving the economic malaise troubling the developed world.

Free market, free women?

By · March 19th, 2015

Christine Li dissects the disparities in labour market outcomes between men and women.

Behavioural economics: a primer

By · March 16th, 2015

The rational man is known well to any classical economist, writes Philip Grossman. But his devilish counterpart, the irrational man, is uncharted territory. Enter behavioural economics.

In defence of models

By · March 11th, 2015

Perhaps not so glamorous as the ones on the runway, economic models often get a bad wrap. Yannis Goutzamanis analyses some well-known and much used models and gives his take.

Revisiting Gross Domestic Product

By · January 14th, 2015

Anisha Kidd asks why such an incomplete measurement of our progress as a people forms the centrepiece of our public sphere.

Inequality from a different Engel

By · December 9th, 2014

Inspired by last semester’s encounter with Engel’s Law, Daniel Tan posits an unsettling conjecture about income inequality and the future of consumption growth

Democracy: as easy as one, two, three

By · October 17th, 2014

Danny Wang uncovers the factors crucial to sustaining successful democracies.

Debunking the paradox of thrift

By · October 15th, 2014

Chandan Hegde offers an Austrian take on whether the paradox of thrift and its accompanying Keynesian policies are appropriate.

The Environmental Kuznets Curve: fact or fiction?

By · August 23rd, 2014

Yannis Goutzamanis considers the relationship between economic growth and environmental outcomes. Consideration of this relationship requires an examination of the controversial environmental Kuznets curve.

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