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A small, sad win against the blind pursuit of profit

By · October 18th, 2019

The Hayne Royal Commission may serve as a catalyst for the financial services industry to clean up its act, but the misconduct it uncovered was shocking. Felicia Leong explores.

To switch or not to switch: Daylight saving analysed

By · October 9th, 2019

Last weekend most Australians switched their clocks forward one hour in a time-honoured tradition. What is the point of this worldwide ritual, and is it causing us more harm than good? Chris Craig takes a look.

Wasting your ATAR

By · October 5th, 2019

Nick Henderson looks back on past mistakes, and considers how we might better prepare school-leavers for their academic and professional futures

Learning a thing or two from inter-governmental co-operation

By · September 27th, 2019

In times when inter-governmental cooperation seems at worst laughable (and at best naively optimistic), a longstanding example of its triumphs (and challenges) exists in the federal and state sharing of education policy. Tingnan Li investigates this unassuming system.


Kidneys and hearts and livers, oh my!

By · September 13th, 2019

Like the Scarecrow needed a brain, the Tinman needed a heart and the Lion needed courage, so too does the Australian healthcare system. Yan Tong He delves into to economics of organ donation.

Get the price right when paying doctors

By · September 10th, 2019

Edward Meehan explores how the system that pays doctors creates perverse incentives for lower quality and more expensive care.

Australians must curb debt dependence to protect our economic future

By · September 6th, 2019

Felicia Leong explores the dark side of one of Australia’s favourite pastimes: accumulating household debt

Applying Nudge Theory to increase health and wellbeing

By · August 21st, 2019

Richard Thaler received a Nobel Prize for his work on Nudge Theory, demonstrating how small prompts can change our behaviour. So how can the nexus of economics and psychology help us lead healthier lives?


Economics students and the selfish stereotype

By · May 21st, 2019

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most selfish of them all? Could it possibly be economics students? Jessica Tang investigates the roots of this popular stereotype.

Are you entitled to a job?

By · May 1st, 2019

Should the government simply legislate away unemployment? Proponents of Modern Monetary Theory and a “Job Guarantee” seem to think so. Nick Henderson isn’t so sure.

The development of monetary policy – Part 2

By · April 25th, 2019

In Part 2 of his analysis, Conor Yung continues his evaluation of monetary policy in a historical context and explores the subsequent implications of an interest rate cut.

The development of monetary policy – Part 1

By · April 19th, 2019

With the housing market slowing and wages stagnating, political pundits are calling for the RBA to cut rates, but what is the meaning behind these ideas? Conor Yung looks at the genesis of ideas on monetary policy to give you the context behind the business jargon.


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