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The Market for Beauty

By · May 9th, 2022

Aristotle is quoted as saying: “Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.” Perhaps he was waxing poetic about the soul, or perhaps he was foreseeing beauty-based discrimination in the labour market. Joel Lee explores the phenomenon of beauty premiums in the workplace and how economics can help us resolve it.

To scoot or to boot – Are e-scooters here to stay ?

By · May 2nd, 2022

E-scooters have been gaining popularity since their recent launch in Melbourne, with one visible at nearly every street corner. Join Daniel and Thanh as they collaborate to explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of this new trend.

The impact of COVID-19 on ESG investing

By · May 2nd, 2022

Covid-19 has changed every aspect of our daily lives. Has it also changed the way investors make decisions? Join Thanh and Olivia as they collaborate to explore how the pandemic has affected ESG investing.

The new Silk Road: Cementing Beijing’s global influence

By · April 27th, 2022

China’s Belt and Road Initiative has spread all over the world. Is it a generous development scheme for countries that the West has left behind? Or is it a threat to the independence of developing states? Join Wes as he discusses the initiative and Beijing’s motivations behind it.

The case for increasing Australia’s humanitarian intake

By · April 26th, 2022

The war in Ukraine has brought the global refugee crisis to the forefront of people’s minds. Join Daniel as he makes the case to increase Australia’s humanitarian intake.

Happynomics

By · April 25th, 2022

The connection between traditional economics indicators and human welfare is not always concrete. Joel Lee explores happiness economics, which seeks to find a much stronger relationship between the two.

Avoiding the disasters of disaster management – Part II

By · April 25th, 2022

Australia has faced many natural disasters in recent memory. Join Alexander on this two part journey as he explores why state and federal governments should diminish disaster risk, ensure insurance, and cheer cooperation to produce

better outcomes for communities impacted by natural disasters.

Australia’s Prison Privitisation Project

By · April 24th, 2022

Australia is home to the largest proportion of private prisons in the world. In this article, Anna explores the claims and outcomes of Australia’s prison privatisation project in order to uncover concerning truths.

Avoiding the disasters of disaster management – Part I

By · April 18th, 2022

Australia has faced many natural disasters in recent memory. Join Alexander on this two part journey as he explores why state and federal governments should diminish disaster risk, ensure insurance, and cheer cooperation to produce better outcomes for communities impacted by natural disasters.

Non-fungible Tokens: Just a fad or here to stay?

By · April 6th, 2022

NFTs have been receiving a lot of hype recently. Join Labib Mashrur as he discusses the concept of fungibility and some of the practical applications of NFTs.

Is it time for a universal basic income in Australia?

By · April 4th, 2022

Rachael Leung explores whether it is time for a universal basic income in Australia to stimulate the economy from the harsh effects of COVID-19

Fuel to the fire: The economics (and politics) of petroleum

By · April 4th, 2022

Fuel prices have been at the forefront of economic and policy discussion in recent days. How is that prices can shoot up practically overnight, but take months to recover? What can economic principles tell us about the petroleum industry? And what are the political implications? Join Max as he answers all of these questions in his latest article.

The folly of growth via consumption

By · April 2nd, 2022

History has shown that the balance of world power shifts in cycles. In a time of growing geopolitical uncertainty, what can American hyperconsumption and Chinese reinvestment tell us about the limits of economic growth via consumption? Join Felix in this final instalment of his three-part series to explore what the rise of China tells us about world power.

The “crate” depression

By · April 1st, 2022

What happens when players exploit a bug in a video game economy to acquire valuable items and mass sell them to others? How did the game’s developers react and what can we learn from this? Les explores the “Crate” Depression 2019 which affected the Team Fortress 2 economy.

Empires on which the sun will never set

By · March 26th, 2022

How does history prescribe the narrative of changing world powers? What traits and attributes allowed nations to become empires so vast that ‘the sun never set’ on their lands? Join Felix in this second instalment of his three-part series to journey through history for answers to these questions.

Black Wednesday: How one man broke the Bank of England

By · March 22nd, 2022

The British government devalued the pound sterling in 1991. As a result, one man made a profit of over $1 billion. Join Domenic as he discusses how George Soros became known as “the man who broke the Bank of England.”

What role does fear play in causing an economic crisis?

By · March 20th, 2022

When thinking of economic crises, we often underestimate the role of fear as a contributing factor. In this article, Nicholas uses Turkey and the Asian Financial Crisis to explore the role of fear as a motivator in economic meltdowns.

Housing affordability: A huge problem with hugely problematic solutions

By · March 19th, 2022

Home ownership is a quintessential part of the Australian Dream. Yet for decades that dream has been in decline and may soon be out of reach for Australia’s young people. Join Nate as he explores the extent of this problem and why solving it is so complicated.

The making of an economic superpower

By · March 19th, 2022

How can we know who qualifies as an economic superpower? What does history tell us about who that might be now, and in the future? Join Felix in this first instalment of his three-part series to explore the role of currency in answering these questions.

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Inflation fear is an inflated fear

By · March 18th, 2022

Australia’s inflation rate has reached an all-time high since the GFC but what does this mean for the Australian public? Anna McBride explores inflation’s relationship with two areas of consumer interest – wages and interest rates – to determine whether its increase should worry us.