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Louis Vuitton masks and Formula One ventilators: 2020’s unlikely hero?

By · April 20th, 2020

As an increasing number of companies join the efforts in pivoting production towards medical masks, ventilators, and hand sanitiser, Tingnan Li rolls up her sleeves and dons an (imaginary) Prada mask to investigate.

What can developing nations learn from developed nations?

By · April 16th, 2020

Travis Huynh examines the growth of countries around the world to uncover the factors that have underpinned their success and the lessons that other countries can learn.

A Russian and a Saudi walk into an Austrian bar: The global oil war that nobody heard about

By · April 9th, 2020

What links a market in Wuhan, a meeting in Vienna and everyday petrol stations in rural Kansas? Find out as Pinidu Chandrasekera unpacks the story about an oil war that would have dominated our screens.

Economics and pandemics: a relationship past, present and future

By · April 5th, 2020

Lawrence Huynh travels to a time forgotten to unravel the truth behind epidemics, and why they have so much power over humanity.


Surely a well-researched, promising solution by economists would work in the real world, wouldn’t it?

By · March 20th, 2020

In his first article, Ze Xin Yuan highlights the discrepancy between economic research in academia and its application in the real world.

How panic buying in Hong Kong created demand for an unexpected commodity – toilet paper

By · March 18th, 2020

Anxiety, uncertainty, fear. Klinsmann Lee investigates how a period of viral outbreak sparks panic buying of toilet paper in Hong Kong.

The Pill; efficacy, accessibility and a conflict of interest?

By · October 23rd, 2019

Edward Meehan delves into the policy behind the calls to allow pharmacists to prescribe oral contraceptives and the resulting conflict of interest, that could lead to poorer health outcomes and fail the patients it sought to help.

Climate Change: humanity’s biggest externality

By · September 18th, 2019

Gabriel Chenkov-Shaw explores an economically driven solution to climate change: intervention to fundamentally change the incentives of big polluters.


Understanding Hong Kong Property Prices

By · September 15th, 2019

A long history, an uncertain future and unique geography all contribute to Hong Kong’s equally eccentric housing market. Klinsmann Lee explores.

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.

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

The curious case of disappearing ‘likes’

By · August 16th, 2019

Instagram’s unexpected move to trial ‘hidden likes’ begs many questions such as: why might a social media titan seemingly retire one of its most effective tools of success? Tingnan Li attempts to delve past the cacophony to make sense of the surprising move.


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