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Caffeine, Consciousness, and Capitalism

Every day, 90% of the world’s population enjoys a caffeinated beverage. In this interdisciplinary piece, Josh draws on insights from history, cognitive science, and sometimes economics, as he sets out to answer the following question: has the rise of caffeine been a positive development for our species?

A New Economic Approach to Human Rights

Responding to and disincentivising Human Rights violations is an essential function of our foreign policy. In this interdisciplinary piece, Ben explores the limitations of traditional policies addressing human rights abuses. Applying an economics kens to the issue, Ben considers a new approach and discusses its potential to transform policymaking in this area.

Credit Suisse, David Cameron and the Whyalla steelworks: The extraordinary demise of Greensill Capital

Australian supply chain financing firm Greensill Capital has held a grandiose and incredulous public image through its association with many powerful figures, such as former British Prime Minister David Cameron and former Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. Join Pinidu as he sets out to explore the world of supply-chain finance and provides an insight into the firm’s dramatic fall from grace.

Are Electric Vehicle Subsidies a Good Idea For Australia?

Electric Vehicle (EV) Technology has gained much public attention as an area of significant progress in the global effort to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate climate change. Join Josh as he considers the efficacy of government subsidies to support the uptake of EVs in Australia.

India: the next manufacturing giant?

Is the power of the manufacturing shifting to India’s hands? Join Ishika as she utilises empirical evidence to draw parallels between India’s current position and China’s past ascension into the industry.

UBI: A Radical Fringe Theory or a Pragmatic Path Forward?

The promise of Universal Basic Income (UBI), as popularised by Andrew Yang’s 2020 US presidential candidacy, has been the subject of widespread debate in recent years. Join Henry, as he provides an insight into the rationale behind this lucrative concept in public policy, and discusses its potential implications for the Australian economy.