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An Unconventional Policy

By · March 22nd, 2019

Unlike Keynes in 1936, technology means that we are no longer restricted to the assumption that cash cannot bear interest. Lemia Bickalo explores unconventional monetary policy in the modern age.

Does private health insurance take pressure off the public health system?

By · March 20th, 2019

The government spends $6 billion a year on rebates for private health insurance. Thao-Mi Bui investigates if such hefty expenditure is worth it.

Solar panels and the split incentive problem

By · March 15th, 2019

For a country known for being so sunny, why aren’t there solar panels on every roof? Chris McHenry explores the ‘split incentive’ problem which prevents 30% of Australians living in rental properties from using solar energy.

The economics of sleep deprivation

By · March 13th, 2019

One in four Australians is sleep deprived, a silent burden to Australia’s health care sector and productivity possibilities. Sarsha Crawley explores the national economic cost of insufficient sleep and how it constrains individual economic potential.


Mixing economics with water

By · October 22nd, 2018

Economics 101 tells us that competitive markets result in better value for consumers. Ismini Karamesinis, a regulatory analyst at the Essential Services Commission, explores how regulation is tackled in an area where monopolies rule.

The role of blockchain technology in fiscal and monetary policy

By · October 19th, 2018

With blockchain technology gaining more and more traction within the mainstream, Lemia Bickalo explores its potentially important role in transforming economies.

Free-floating contempt

By · October 5th, 2018

With much-needed wit and humour, Nick diagnoses the otherwise very troubling illness that currently plagues public discourse – reductivist economic arguments.

#ScoMo: Unmasking Australia’s 30th Prime Minister – Part 2

By · September 28th, 2018

After dissecting the taxation schemes of the former Treasurer, Jessica Tang continues her evaluation of Scott Morrison’s past policies, with an indication of what we can expect in the future.


#ScoMo: Unmasking Australia’s 30th Prime Minister – Part 1

By · September 27th, 2018

The drama may have ended, but political uncertainty remains untouched as Scott Morrison assumes office as the 30th Prime Minister of Australia. In her two-part analysis, Jessica Tang critically examines the public policy of Australia’s former Treasurer.

A game of cartel combat

By · September 19th, 2018

In a corporate landscape seemingly rife with dubious activity and insufficient regulatory reach, the ACCC’s game theory based whistleblower approach to cartels may be an unexpected diamond in the rough. Tingnan Li forgoes a cape but nevertheless investigates this unlikely hero.

Getting the market ready for the NDIS

By · September 12th, 2018

Jasmine Nguyen explains the rationale for the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the necessary interventions to get it working as intended.

House prices are falling, but this isn’t good news for first-home buyers

By · July 27th, 2018

George Kopelis takes a closer look at a housing market which is not as accessible as the headlines suggest.


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