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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.

Causes of Japan’s aggressively ageing and shrinking population

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.

Cultural Chickens and Economic Eggs

Which comes first? As economists become more and more willing to investigate this relationship, we may be inching closer to an answer. Joel Lee explores the expanding field of cultural economics.