David Haines

David Haines

I became fascinated with history from an early age, and this interest evolved and broadened to encompass a deep interest in politics, social studies, and economics.
Having traveled widely, I have experienced firsthand the conflicting attitudes of different cultures towards political and economic issues, experiences that challenged and broke down much of my naivety of youth and awakened in me an appreciation of the deeper issues and entangled complexities that make government and business decision making anything but simplistic.

The decision to progress down the path towards professional economics came whilst living in the European Parliamentary district of post GFC Brussels from the end of 2008 to the beginning of 2010. During this time I found myself surrounded by almost incessant discussion and debate about the state of the world and a myriad of opposing ideas as to how things could be improved.

I recently completed an internship at Deloitte Economics and aspire to continue on to an honours year in economics in 2013, before entering into industry as an economist.

The ‘Bottini Effect’

By · September 16th, 2012

A closer look at the drop in unemployment rate from September’s job figures.

Economic Lobbying, Singaporean Style

By · September 2nd, 2012

Why does Singapore have such a low birth-rate?

Renowned Economist Neville Norman Calls for a Fixed Cash Rate!

By · May 27th, 2012

Why Professor Neville Norman, of the University of Melbourne thinks the RBA should jut adopt a fixed cash rate policy, based on his own study of their past failures, successes and in-between performances.

Review of the Economics Society of Australia’s Budget Night

By · May 13th, 2012

At the Economics Society of Australia’s annual Budget Night, Professors Neville Norman and John Freebairn provided their members (along with a strong showing of ESSA members) with an in depth budget analysis.

New Greens Leader: The Christine Milne Approach

By · April 22nd, 2012

Like him or loathe him, Bob Brown has made a remarkable achievement in leading the Greens from their origins as a protest movement to an organised and successful political party. He leaves the Greens holding 9 Senate seats and 1 House of Representatives seat federally, as well as having political representatives in State and local government levels around the country.

RBA policy has been ineffective, says Neville Norman

By · April 19th, 2012

One of our writers, David Haines, sits down and interviews Professor Neville Norman, from the University of Melbourne to discuss the effectiveness of RBA monetary policy over the last 10 years.

The Carbon Tax: Tony Abbott’s Ticking Time Bomb

By · April 8th, 2012

On the 9th July 2010, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the Government’s intention to introduce a ‘carbon tax’ in order to put a price on pollution and thereby give firms an incentive to reduce carbon emissions. The carbon tax passed the House of Representatives and the Senate on the 12th October 2011 and the 8th November 2011 respectively, and consequently on the 1st July 2012 a tax of $23 per tonne of carbon emissions will come into effect.

Has Democracy Become an Obstacle to Economic Prosperity in the Developed World?

By · April 1st, 2012

Appealing to popular misconceptions and fear mongering have become commonplace tools of attracting voter support even if the long term economic prospects of the country are diminished as a result.

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