Archive for the 'Blog' Category


Can land values fund Latrobe Valley’s energy transition?

Posted on September 9th, 2016 · Posted in Blog

Latrobe Valley is home to three major coal fired power stations, and the open cut coal mines that feed them. To decarbonise the Australian economy requires a substantial transition away.. read more

Australia could take in 20,000 extra refugees and save money by ending offshore detention

Posted on September 8th, 2015 · Posted in Blog



Economics and drug markets

Posted on October 23rd, 2014 · Posted in Blog

In recent weeks, police celebrated a number of drug busts. Methamphetamines in Perth, marijuana in South Australia. Referring, I think, to the methamphetamines bust, I heard one TV report state.. read more

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German energy politics and policy: Solar, Gas und Kohle

Posted on August 9th, 2014 · Posted in Blog

In Australia there is great current debate about the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and whether it will increase or decrease energy prices. We often look to Germany for direction on.. read more


We found $384 million to $726 million in asylum seeker policy savings the Commission of Audit missed.

Posted on May 5th, 2014 · Posted in Blog

The report released by the Commission of Audit (COA) last week reveals the unnecessarily high cost of asylum seeker policies in Australia. The report shows that offshore detention costs approximately $439,000 per.. read more


Making sense of uneconomic major projects: the psychology of planning

Posted on April 12th, 2014 · Posted in Blog

The East West Link appears to be a classic example of a major project driven by politics rather than planning.  While some of the political angles are being explored, we.. read more


Is East-West project link more about ego than economics?

Posted on April 12th, 2014 · Posted in Blog

In amongst the cut and thrust of a chaotic parliament that hangs by the vote of Victoria’s own “kingslayer”, former liberal Geoff Shaw, politicians of all persuasions look in need.. read more


An overview of methodologies used to value “green space”

Posted on April 1st, 2014 · Posted in Blog

From time to time, we will public a blog post on a specific environmental economics topic. Today’s is brought to you by Economist at Large, William Li, who put together.. read more


3 reasons why Bitcoin is an economic dud

Posted on March 16th, 2014 · Posted in Blog

A bet about the future of Bitcoin recently took place on the the podcast, Planet Money. The bet took place between Ben Horowitz, a venture capitalist backing Bitcoin ventures, and Felix.. read more


What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Posted on March 10th, 2014 · Posted in Blog

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement involving 12 countries representing approximately 40 per cent of global GDP.