Sharon Lai

Sharon Lai

I am an Economics Honours student at the University of Melbourne, and this is my second year on the ESSA committee. I'm extremely excited to lead my favourite portfolio this year - Publications! Our overarching aim is to facilitate economic discussion and connect students who love thinking and writing economics! I have a keen interest in following macroeconomic developments in Australia and abroad, although I am also fascinated by the prevalence and influence of microeconomic issues in everyday life. Who would have thought that concepts as broad as opportunity costs, utility maximisation and information asymmetries can all underlie patterns of behaviour? I've also recently developed an interest in behavioural economics, but more on that to come...

A foray into the world of economics research

By · December 29th, 2013

Sharon Lai reflects upon a demanding but highly rewarding year of Honours study in economics.

The Case for Protectionism and the Subsequent Revolution

By · October 14th, 2012

Where Australian protectionist policies came from and commentary on their relevance today.

The Key Events in Trade Protection

By · September 30th, 2012

The second article in a series on the protectionism in Australia.

The evolution of import protection in Australia

By · September 19th, 2012

Introducing a series on protectionist policies in Australia.

Economics in a Public Policy Environment: An intern’s Perspective

By · September 2nd, 2012

The valuable lessons you can learn from an economics internship.

Structural Changes in the Australian Economy: Part 2 – The Two Speed Economy (Q&A special)

By · August 5th, 2012

An introduction into what a ‘two-speed economy’ means, and some consequences and implications thereof.

2012-13 Federal Budget – Beyond Robin Hood and Carbon Tax Bribes

By · May 13th, 2012

On Tuesday May 8th, Treasurer Wayne Swan handed down his fifth budget to an eager and expectant crowd of media commentators following a significant lead-up of leaks and speculation.

Victorian Budget 2012-13: “Living within our means,” but at whose expense?

By · May 6th, 2012

“Living within our means” has become Treasurer Kim Wells’ key selling point for the Victorian State Budget, which is the first to encompass the findings of the Independent Review of State Finances (IRSF).

Structural Changes in the Australian Economy: Part 1

By · April 15th, 2012

This article is the first of a series of macroeconomic analyses I’ll be conducting on the changing structure of the Australian economy. In recent years, economic commentators and policymakers alike have been uttering the words “structural change” faster and more often than the RBA can say: “At its meeting today, the Board decided to…” As this term is likely to remain on everyone’s lips in the foreseeable future, it’s high time make sense of it.

Australia’s Household Saving Ratio – Is the cautious consumer still at large?

By · March 25th, 2012

In recent years, Australian households have been saving a significantly larger proportion of their disposable income than in the previous two decades.

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