The Australians who struggle to escape housing stress
With rising house prices, many Australians are experiencing housing stress – especially if you rent or live by yourself.
‘Nice rice’ dishes up more food, profits and sustainability
A new farming technique that tackles global food scarcity has revealed increases in both rice crop yields and farmers’ profits. But its broader implications could lead to a more sustainable environment.
Observing the Russian election
As the presidential elections get underway in Russia, a unique online platform providing real-time monitoring of internet performance may offer some insights.
Has the World Bank got a problem with its poverty figures?
The World Bank has claimed a significant decrease in global poverty. But has it set the measurement bar too low?
From true believers to hardline killers: the forces that shaped Hitler’s judges
Judges in authoritarian regimes are often considered puppets. But fascinating research about the motivations of the notorious People's Court judges has uncovered a stunning truth.
Mental stress a key factor in misuse of pharmaceutical drugs
New research provides a more detailed picture of why Australians are increasingly abusing pharmaceutical drugs.
Why Australian companies think they are innovative (but their customers don’t)
In an era of high consumer expectations, most Australian companies understand the importance of service innovation. But the majority wildly over-estimate how well they actually do it.
Could a floor price fix Australia’s alcohol problem?
One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor: Could a minimum unit price on alcohol cause significant falls in the amount of alcohol consumed by at-risk drinkers?
The end of the Kuznets Curve: Explaining Piketty’s argument
When French economist Thomas Piketty published Capital in the 21st Century in 2014, his assertion of r>g– that the rate of return on capital is greater than the rate of growth – garnered most public debate.
Failing returns: Why hedge funds are not value for money
Evidence continues to mount that the trend among Australian superannuation fund managers to try to maximise investment returns through the use of hedge funds that utilise "active" strategies has not paid off.
Is China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ the world’s new Marshall Plan?
While there are parallels, it is still fraught to compare the China-dominated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank with the (still) US-dominated World Bank.
How Indonesia and India navigated the 2013 Taper Tantrum
In May 2013, a global over-reaction over misinterpreted comments from the US Federal Reserve on the future of controversial monetary policy of quantitative easing triggered the "Taper Tantrum" – a horror sell-down of the currencies of emerging economies.