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Economic Issues

'Economics is not the only "major" that provides a base for a successful career in business, but I haven't seen a better one. The concepts and ideas you learn in economics such as opportunity costs, fiscal policy, utility, demand and supply – have a working "lifetime" application.'

Bob Edgar
Senior Managing Director ANZ

The study of Economics offers an insight into a broad range of issues in Australia and around the world, including:

  • A contest with the taxman – the impact of tax rates on tax evasion and wastefully invested resources
  • The cost of toilet paper in Zimbabwe
  • Managing Eden: using incentive theory for wildlife protection
  • Foreign aid: what good is it?
  • Micro-credit, fertility decision and women’s empowerment in Bangladesh
  • Regulating a fishery when prices are uncertain
  • Resource abundance, poverty and development
  • Are we really making best use of our water?
  • Environmentalism, democracy, and pollution control
  • Creating markets for greenhouse gas emissions
  • What drives productivity growth in Australia?
  • Can we explain the cycles in our economy and in the world?
  • Will the China boom continue?  What does it mean for Australia?
  • How can we reduce the number of people living in poverty around the world?
  • How can we make our welfare system more effective?
  • Our population is ageing – what challenges will that create?
  • How should responsibilities be divided between state and federal governments?