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Name a more iconic duo than sequels and franchises

By · August 1st, 2018

In the face of fresh challenges, Hollywood finds solace in the arms of a new beau: the blockbuster film-franchise. Tingnan Li attempts to make sense of this commercial love story.

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Why free uni is the wrong thing to wish for

By · May 9th, 2018

Nick Henderson delivers his argument against government-funded higher education, contending that such a policy will do little to help the disadvantaged. An alternative point of focus is subsequently discussed.

Are totes totally environmentally friendly?

By · April 29th, 2018

Totes are in vogue, not just because they are fashionable, but because they are touted (toted one might say) as a sustainable alternative to plastic bags. Thao-Mi Bui investigates if this is true.

From goods to services: The change in the video game industry

By · April 23rd, 2018

In the age of distraction, video games are becoming a larger part of our lives. Tony Xie investigates how publishers are adopting new revenue models to take advantage of this growing market.


Is it all Gucci for the future of luxury fashion?

By · April 18th, 2018

Is this the beginning of the end for the largest luxury fashion houses? What can the likes of Gucci and Chanel do to fight back against the tide of fast fashion and e-commerce? Tingnan Li investigates.

Beauty products – is ‘natural’ really better than synthetic?

By · March 2nd, 2018

Are natural beauty products genuinely a healthier, environmentally and socially friendlier alternative? Thao-Mi Bui explores some of the hidden traps associated with the most recent pivot towards the natural health market.

Miracles in Wakanda

By · February 28th, 2018

Mitchell Harvey shows how economics can ruin an otherwise excellent movie. Once again, economics reinvigorates its reputation as ‘the dismal science’.

Love Games: Confessing feelings to a friend

By · October 4th, 2017

A dilemma for those who a have crush on their friend: do you want love or do you just want to stay friends? Jasmine Nguyen explores how to play the love coordination game for a friend.


The Economics of Pornography Stripped Down

By · September 15th, 2017

It’s a multi-billion dollar industry that operates virtually incognito. Mi-Thao goes under the covers to investigate the porn industry and its future.

A clash between ethics and the market: price gouging and Hurricane Harvey

By · September 8th, 2017

Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc across the Southern United States, causing severe flooding and breakdowns in all sorts of essential infrastructure such as transport and communication. At some point, there seems to have been an erosion of the unwritten rules that form our social norms, and at the surface, it can appear that there are profiteers seeking to make a quick buck out of the desperate – price gouging.

#ESSADebate – Books vs. eBooks

By · September 1st, 2017

With the advancement of technology, eBooks have made reading much more convenient. But there’s just something about holding an old-fashioned book in your hands. Amy Pereira and Jasmine Nguyen battle it out in a #ESSADebate to see which reading format reigns supreme. Have a read and then vote for your favourite in our poll below, to crown the winner once and for all!

Commballnomics 2017: the opportunity costs of attendance

By · August 23rd, 2017

It’s that time of year again, the university night of nights, Commerce Ball. Naturally, it’s a night that involves spending quite a bit of money, and you might be worried about making sure you’re a rational consumer come Thursday night. Don’t worry though, because ESSA has you covered.


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