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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.


The economics of self driving cars

By · July 26th, 2017

Self-driving cars are becoming more and more prevalent, with experts boasting of their advantages compared to regular vehicles. But what effect will this rise of automation have on the economy? Nicolas Alexiou explains.

eSports: another worthwhile conquest for the mighty economist

By · May 26th, 2017

With sports economics dominating a fair share of work for an economist, how can electronic sports fit into this domain? Kyneton delves into the world of videogames and their impact on sports entertainment.

The right of recline

By · May 24th, 2017

Who should get control of the scare resource that is legroom? Amy Pereira investigates.

#ESSADebate – to save or to spend?

By · May 21st, 2017

To save or to spend, that is the dilemma facing many of us today. Julia Pham and Justin Liu go head to head in an #ESSADebate on what you should be doing with your money in your 20s. Have a read and then vote for your favourite in our poll to crown the winner, once and for all!


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