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Building the blocks of blockchain: Part 1

By · March 15th, 2022

Modern blockchain technology was introduced as a method to securely timestamp digital documents and it has since revolutionised the world of finance and economics. Given the increasing popularity and adoption of these technologies, join David as he dives into the origins of blockchain in this two-part series.

“Mindset change” – The ACCC’s proposal to revolutionise Australia’s merger control regime

By · March 12th, 2022

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is the chief competition regulator of the Government of Australia. Its recent changes urge Australian law to consider the long-term danger to markets posed by mergers that suppress potential competition. Join Max as he unpacks what these changes mean for Australia’s merger control regime.

Ageing: An impost on prosperity?

By · March 7th, 2022

The world’s population is getting older, and the economic implications of this are yet to come. Join Wesley as he outlines the scale of this issue and what could be done about it.

Meet AlphaFold: A true artificial intelligence

By · March 5th, 2022

For many people, Artificial Intelligence is still decades away. However, Google’s DeepMind have been making progress in this field in leaps and bounds. The linked paper in this article outlines why David believes AlphaFold represents true Artificial Intelligence through its ability to reason and creativity.

Digitalisation and the generation left behind

By · March 2nd, 2022

Digitalisation is a global phenomenon affecting every country’s labour market, promising positive changes for society and business. Despite this, digitalisation also poses risks for older workers who are not digital natives. Join Gloria as the navigates the policy implications of ensuring these workers are not left behind.

When it Rains, it Pours: Leverage and the Collapse of Archegos Capital

By · December 2nd, 2021

What’s your definition of a bad week? Join Jack Myers as he explores how poor risk management and excessive leverage cost Archegos Capital $20 billion in less than two days When it Rains, it Pours: Leverage and the Collapse of Archegos Capital We all have our bad days. Flat battery, burnt toast or a missed …

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Are friendships strengthening education policy outcomes?

By · November 30th, 2021

What is your average friend worth? Analysing friendship behaviour can help us better understand spillover effects when evaluating education policy The tutor learning initiative in Victoria In light of the current lockdown measures, teachers were required to adapt their learning to online platforms to compensate for the fact that students were unable to attend school …

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Rethinking Australia’s Migration Program

By · October 28th, 2021

Skills mismatch and wrong composition of permanent skilled migrant intake are some of the issues with Australia’s migration program. Join Akshita as she explores these shortcomings and discusses its potential implications for the Australian economy.

Agriculture and Climate Change: A Balancing Act

By · October 4th, 2021

“Will the circle be unbroken?” When we ponder climate change, things are easier said than done. In his latest article, Shabeeh presents an insight into the agricultural feedback loop which stands as a barrier in Australia’s mission to meet its climate change goals.

Unseen Women

By · September 30th, 2021

Covid-19 has ushered in a period of change. Despite its many catastrophes, the pandemic has also provided an opportunity for us to reshape our societal norms. In order to promote positive change, the woes of our society should be distilled to its bare essence. One problem in particular stood out to us: that women are often unseen, unheard and underrepresented. To tackle this, ESSA and WCP writing teams have come together to explore the misrepresentation of women from multiple angles, including economics, research, professional settings and everyday interactions.

Credit Ratings Agencies: The Backbone of The Financial Sector

By · September 27th, 2021

Credit ratings agencies play an indispensable role in the financial sector. Join Travis, as he explores the lack of competition in the credit ratings industry and policy implications in this area.

MARVEL-lous Economics

By · September 13th, 2021

Marvel movies are one of the biggest forces in the entertainment industry. On face value, it does not seem like they have anything to do with economics. Join Ishika as she uncovers how they are more closely related than it might appear.

Caffeine, Consciousness, and Capitalism

By · September 6th, 2021

Every day, 90% of the world’s population enjoys a caffeinated beverage. In this interdisciplinary piece, Josh draws on insights from history, cognitive science, and sometimes economics, as he sets out to answer the following question: has the rise of caffeine been a positive development for our species?

Chile: how free trade debilitated a nation

By · August 30th, 2021

“…when anyone has attained the summit of greatness, he kicks away the ladder by which he has climbed up, in order to deprive others of the means of climbing up after him”. In this insightful article, David explores just how the United States kicked away the ladder to Chile’s prosperity.

An Introduction to Water Economics and Policy in Australia – The Murray Darling Basin Plan

By · August 30th, 2021

Join Angus Robertson as he discusses water policy in Australia and its implications for public policy and the economy. 

A New Economic Approach to Human Rights

By · August 23rd, 2021

Responding to and disincentivising Human Rights violations is an essential function of our foreign policy. In this interdisciplinary piece, Ben explores the limitations of traditional policies addressing human rights abuses. Applying an economics kens to the issue, Ben considers a new approach and discusses its potential to transform policymaking in this area.

Money and Value – A Journey Through Time

By · August 9th, 2021

Ever wondered why pieces of paper can be exchanged for objects of immense value? Dive into a history of money and value in this riveting piece by Lawrence.

Our Economy in 40 Years: Insights from the 2021 Intergenerational Report

By · August 2nd, 2021

Are you wondering what our economy will look like in 40 years? Interested in exploring the greatest economic challenges facing our generation? Look no further and join Diego as he unpacks the 2021 Intergenerational Report in depth!

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.