Economic inequality is rising. What can we do about it?

By · April 12th, 2021

Join Diego as he delves into the economic inequality, leaving us with some insightful recommendations.

ESSA’s Monthly Highlights: April

By · April 9th, 2021

Are you in search of that next great book to read or podcast to listen to? Look no further and join ESSA’s editorial team as we recommend our favourite books and podcasts of the month, spanning the anthropology of debt, the work of a relatively unknown developmental economist and the psychology of white-collar criminals.

The Politics of Growth: How Institutions Shape Our World

By · April 9th, 2021

All around the world institutions have shaped the economic outcomes we see today. In this article, join Benjamin Thompson as he discusses the implications of institutional divergence around the world on economic growth and technological innovation.

UBI: A Radical Fringe Theory or a Pragmatic Path Forward?

By · April 8th, 2021

The promise of Universal Basic Income (UBI), as popularised by Andrew Yang’s 2020 US presidential candidacy, has been the subject of widespread debate in recent years. Join Henry, as he provides an insight into the rationale behind this lucrative concept in public policy, and discusses its potential implications for the Australian economy.

Australia’s ‘not so green’ Budget

By · April 6th, 2021

The eyes of the world are watching as countries pioneer to meet their carbon emissions targets. The question is, where does Australia stand? In this publication, Ishika examines Australia’s stance of meeting green targets in its recent budget

Female Economic Empowerment: How soon is now?

By · April 2nd, 2021

Danielle Attwood discusses female economic empowerment in the context of the recent political scandals.

The Bidenomics Debate: Will the US stimulus package lead to inflation?

By · April 2nd, 2021

As the US starts to roll out Biden’s fiscal package, the inflation chatter has continued to intensify. Irene explores prominent economists’ views on the stimulus and whether inflation will become a serious concern.

African Development Economics Part 1: Assistance, Partnership or Exploitation?

By · April 1st, 2021

Join Ben as he explores the role of international engagement in African development.

Why the Private Sector should not be allowed to purchase the Covid-19 vaccine

By · April 1st, 2021

A limited budget is a major challenge for COVID-19 vaccination efforts in many developing countries. The idea of allowing the private sector to buy the vaccine has been proposed by some as a solution, Lam Do investigates why this may not be a good approach.

Risk, uncertainty and the uninitiated: recipe for disaster? or opportunity of a lifetime?

By · March 31st, 2021

A combination of boredom, increased leisure time and a desire to learn a new skill are the motives behind the swathe of young investors entering the market for the first time. However, the prospect of fast, quick and easy money can be a deadly recipe to those who are unaware of the risks involved.

Men are from Masks, Women are from Kleenex: The economic impact of COVID 19 on Australian men and women

By · March 31st, 2021

What lessons can governments learn from COVID 19 to guide future responses to recession? Join Edward Meehan as he unpacks what the economic impacts of the last year’s events can tell us about the role of gender in the Australian economy.

Single-Use Plastics Ban: What does it mean for the economy?

By · March 31st, 2021

It is indisputably established that a single-use plastics ban is environmentally advantageous. But what does it mean for the wider economy? Join Sohan in his exploration and predication of the economic consequences.

The Economics of Decriminalising Drugs

By · March 29th, 2021

Join David as he deep dives into the drug decriminalising dilemma.

TikTok’s Magic Algorithm is an Economic Phenomenon

By · March 29th, 2021

Whether you like it or not, TikTok has taken the world by storm as the latest viral phenomenon. Gabriel Chenkov-Shaw explores how economic fundamentals are relevant to its functionality and impact on e-commerce.

ESSA X Cainz Debate: That censorship is necessary for a functional society.

By · March 27th, 2021

Is censorship necessary for a functional society? Read on further, as our talented writers at ESSA and Cainz engage in a friendly debate, weighing up the pros and cons.


By · March 27th, 2021

Are you struggling to keep up with lectures and deadlines? Are you easily distracted by YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Reddit? It might be because you are exposing yourself to illogical thinking errors. Try out these tips to overcome procrastination based on cognitive-behaviour therapy. Say no to 4 a.m. assignments!

Hindsight bias: Why do unpredictable events seem predictable after they occur?

By · March 24th, 2021

Why do unpredictable events seem predictable after they occur? Lauren Savige investigates how hindsight bias distorts our understanding of the past and affects decisions we make about the future.

The Video Streaming Industry: Competition and Exclusive Content

By · March 24th, 2021

With the meteoric success of Netflix and the video streaming industry becoming increasingly saturated with competing services, Geoffrey Go explores the tough competition in the industry.

Cryptocurrency and Social Media – A safe haven or an imperilment for Investors?

By · March 22nd, 2021

The current rise of Bitcoin across the world has triggered a new debate about the usefulness of cryptocurrency and the role social media plays in its growth, join Mahnoor Tariq as she investigates the current and future dynamics of this industry.

Bonds, Yields and Inflation: Why The Recent Bond Market Volatility Matters

By · March 22nd, 2021

In recent weeks, the prices of American and Australian government bonds have plummeted. What does all this mean for the wider economy? Join Pinidu as he explores the implications of this recent market episode on growing inflation fears, interest rates, and much more.