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Mental health and the Australian economy

By · July 25th, 2021

Join Nicholas Marinucci as he discusses mental illness in Australia, and its implications for public policy and the economy.

Causes of Japan’s aggressively ageing and shrinking population

By · July 5th, 2021

The ageing population problem is a greater problem in Japan in comparison to other OECD countries due to factors such as a lack of immigration, an extremely low fertility rate stemming from a lack of work-life balance and the unequal division of unpaid labour between the two genders. Hannah explores the causes of an ageing population within the OECD, Japan’s deviations from other OECD countries which aggravated their ageing population problem, and finally the policy issues and implications for Japan.

Cultural Chickens and Economic Eggs

By · July 1st, 2021

Which comes first? As economists become more and more willing to investigate this relationship, we may be inching closer to an answer. Joel Lee explores the expanding field of cultural economics.

Royal economics – regal revenue or taxpayer’s burden?

By · June 3rd, 2021

The British Royal Family have yet again been thrust into the spotlight, renewing taxpayers’ frustrations that they fund such a lavish lifestyle. Synnove Undhjem explores the economic effects of the Royal Family from another perspective.

Tensions Expose Australia’s Over-Reliance on China

By · June 3rd, 2021

China has long been Australia’s most prominent trade partner. With political tensions flaring, Sohan Pujar discusses what the future of Australian trade might be.

Tackling Australia’s Overdue Housing Crisis

By · June 1st, 2021

Australia has been in the grips of a housing affordability crisis for at least a decade now. Join Akshita Vaid as she discusses some current challenges resulting from the crisis and some ways to tackle it.

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

By · May 27th, 2021

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.

I’ll do this tomorrow, or will I?

By · May 25th, 2021

As you embark on exam revision, you will find yourself saying things like “I will start my exam preparation tomorrow” or “I will do my essay and submit it tomorrow”. You will know for a fact that these shallow promises are rarely seen through. In his second ESSA article, Shabeeh Haider presents us with the hard, economic truth for why we can call ourselves procrastination kings.

The Technical Difficulties of the Global Chip Shortage

By · May 19th, 2021

Semiconductors are changing the world, but the industry has been hit hard over the year foregone. Join Lawrence as he explores the sheer power and influence of semiconductors, and just exactly how our economy began to run out.

Federal Budget Marks a Shift to the Left

By · May 19th, 2021

The 2021 Budget marks a significant shift away from Liberal Government approaches in the past. Join Ezekiel, as he analyses the political and macroeconomic of this year’s budget and its implications for the future.

Survival of the fittest? The economy post-JobKeeper

By · May 18th, 2021

The end of the Jobkeeper program has yet again forced Australian businesses to adapt. Synnove Undhjem explores how these businesses might survive in Australia’s post-COVID economy.

Prospect theory and why you should quit playing Elo based games like overwatch

By · May 18th, 2021

Have you ever felt that Elo based games were a painful experience? Have you tried quitting them but nevertheless kept playing and convinced yourself it was the right decision? Have you ever wondered why you kept on playing after a lost match until you won again but still felt terrible? As a gamer for 10 years, ZeXin explores this topic through the lens of prospect theory.

Do we need a global minimum corporate tax?

By · May 15th, 2021

The global minimum corporate tax theoretically supports countries’ national budgets and creates an equally competitive environment among countries. Lam Do discusses this plan from a variety of perspectives.

Does Australia’s Retirement Income System Provide Adequate Retirement Outcomes?

By · May 10th, 2021

Will I have enough money to retire? It’s not a question that many people think about until they near the end of their working lives. The question of how much to retire with is an important one. Join Travis as he analyses the retirement income system in Australia and compares its effectiveness with the situation in other countries.

Too Many Choices; an Analysis paralysis conundrum

By · May 10th, 2021

The availability of too many choices is leading to non optimal decisions for customers across the world while simultaneously benefitting industries across the world in establishing monopolies and charging more , join Mahnoor Tariq as she investigates the underlying impact of taking analysis paralysis into account.

A Quick Dive into Ageing Populations – Part 1: The Ramifications

By · May 10th, 2021

With the increased information and use of innovative technologies the earth has seen an increased ageing population. Join Henry, as he analyses the political and economical issues that arise with ageing populations drawing, using Japan as a case study.

ESSA’s Monthly Highlights: May

By · May 10th, 2021

Are you in search of that next great book or article to read that could advance your economic knowledge and maybe even enrich your worldview? Look no further and join ESSA’s editorial team, as we recommend our favourite books and articles we’ve come across this month. For May’s edition, our recommendations span topics including the manipulation of consumers on behalf of tech-giants, an impressive account of History’s greatest economic thinkers and a publication that analyses pressing issues in Asian politics and economics.

The Rise and Fall of GDP

By · May 6th, 2021

GDP has long been the measure to determine a country’s economic power. Danie Attwood explores it’s limitations and some alternative measures of overall economic wellbeing.

African Development Economics Part 2: Continental Collaboration and The Keys to Domestic Success

By · May 6th, 2021

“Isolating policies and factors that can create a successful economy within any given country is an inherently complex and nuanced problem that evades straightforward or cookie-cutter explanations”. Join ben, in his second article of a two-part series exploring African development economics, as he sets out to analyse several approaches that could contribute to economic success in Africa.

Built to fail: Planned obsolescence in product design

By · May 5th, 2021

Ever thought about why things lasted longer in the past? Hannah Shiau explores what planned obsolescence is, the harms that it causes, and the current battles in the legal, consumer and producer sphere surrounding this issue.

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