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Are friendships strengthening education policy outcomes?

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

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

“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.

MARVEL-lous Economics

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

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

“…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.

A New Economic Approach to Human Rights

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.