Daniel Tan

Daniel Tan

A first-year Bachelor of Commerce student, Daniel Tan is planning to join the relatively thinner ranks of accounting and economics double majors at the University of Melbourne. He has an as-yet undifferentiated interest in economic theory, public policy and novel applications of economics, and hopes to bring readers aboard as he explores economics for as long as his margin utility will allow it.

When not slaving away at articles and research, he occupies his time with reading, experiencing delusions of grandeur, spamming Facebook with poems and political analyses, doodling, and catching up with his assigned readings. In that order.

A tough balancing act

By · April 29th, 2015

Daniel Tan explores what demographic trends mean for the government’s budget repair.

Inequality from a different Engel

By · December 9th, 2014

Inspired by last semester’s encounter with Engel’s Law, Daniel Tan posits an unsettling conjecture about income inequality and the future of consumption growth

Rationality on trial in three exhibits

By · August 31st, 2014

This month, Daniel Tan attempts to explore the concept of rational decision-making by questioning his own rationality in a recent experience.

How does welfare relate to productivity?

By · June 22nd, 2014

Daniel Tan takes up the case against reducing welfare, arguing that the Treasurer’s efforts to repair the Budget will not deliver us a productive, growing and sustainable Australia.

A twist on labour economics: time inequality

By · May 5th, 2014

In another largely theoretical exercise, Daniel Tan examines lifespan inequality and how income inequality ties in closely with the way we use our time.

A hypothetical foray into time as a resource

By · April 6th, 2014

In his ESSA debut, Daniel Tan explains why time is the ultimate resource, and visits seemingly outlandish concepts such as time elasticity, a changing supply of lifetime, and time travel.

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