As students from Monash and Melbourne converged on the heart of Clayton campus for the inaugural ESSA Monash versus Melbourne Economics debate, the tension crackling in the air was palpable. For the Melbourne team, losing to the new kids on the block would be an irrevocable stain on their self-perception. For the Monash team, the desire to reign supreme on their turf was a powerful driving force. The topic ‘The Eurozone Project is a Failure’ provided ample scope for intellectual sparring.
In an affirmation of the natural order of things, on Thursday night out at Monash University, the University of Melbourne team (composed of myself, 1st-year student Emad, and the incomparable Prof. Jeff Borland) took out a closely fought debate to determine whether the Eurozone has been a success or a failure. Across both teams there was much spirited debate over economic theory, the optimal design for policymaking interlaced with a great deal of jibing back and forth between two of the country’s most elite universities.
Welcome to the Economics Student Society of Australia, more fondly known as ESSA!
So exactly who is ESSA? ESSA was founded in 2012 by a group of friends at the University of Melbourne who love Economics! During our first years of University we knew we loved economics, but had no idea where a major in Economics could take us. And VOILA, ESSA was born.
We are here to help you figure out how Economics can help you. We’re here to provide you with a support network, filled with both students and industry contacts. We’re here to provide you with a contact point to learn more about how Economics impacts you. We’re here to provide you with a forum of discussion.
We hope to provide you with that extra support we craved for when finding our feet at University.
Whether you’re in your first year or your last year, we hope to be a friend to you.
Now, enough about us… what about you? Click on more, go on, you know you want to.