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Nudging, Sludging and TikTok

Nicole Timmermans explores how TikTok exploits users’ behavioural biases.     ‘Digital crack cocaine’ – the words used by a Forbes journalist to describe the Chinese…

What made Zoom zoom?

Amy Cook discusses the possible causes behind the take-off of everyone’s favorite video-conferencing platform.   If you’re like me, you probably had never heard of…

How Much Inequality can Merit Justify?

Rinto, a fourth year economics student, questions the meritocratic foundation of economic inequality.   On the 1st November, Boris Johnson declared a four-week long lockdown…

Blackened Blues

David English explores cost estimation by examining the MV Wakashio oil spill. MV Wakashio oil spill In July 2020, the MV Wakashio, a cargo vessel…

Is enough, enough?

Blair Reid and Ollie Ryder-Green explore the timely rise of Degrowth economics  Economic growth has long been touted as ​the ​driving force behind human prosperity.…

Corporate Social… Virtue Signaling

Fanni Leppanen breaks down the factors that led to the Volkswagen Emission Scandal and explores innovative ways to solve the question of how much Corporate…

The Price Tag on Survival in America

Alex Avgoustidis investigates the corporate power of Big Pharma and its ramifications for the American people. “I was spending $2,880 a month just to keep…

China

The Go Abroad Economics scheme has been running since February 2015, when a group of staff and students embarked on the inaugural trip to Dubai.…

A Snapshot of the Hong Kong Economy

Robert Campbell shares details about the GAE trip to Hong Kong. ‘Why does President Xi Jinping ’s foot hurt?’ ‘I don’t know—why?’ ‘Because he stepped…

Winner – Trust Me

Stian Sandberg explores the consequences of China’s proposed Social Credit System; a plausible future where trust is quantified. Imagine a normal day, except everything you…

The Cashless Society

James Baghurst examines the rise of mobile payment apps in China Recent Chinese innovation in the financial services industry is another chapter in the long…

Zipping The Pocket

Feiyang Shi discusses the motivations behind Chinese capital control policies and their implications on investor relations The last year has seen a series of Chinese…

Section Opener: Luxury

Luxury is back in fashion! According to a recent study by Bain & Co, the global luxury goods market — encompassing both luxury goods and…

Runner-Up: Poland’s Fragile Luxury

Robert Jacek Włodarski explores the unstable luxury goods market in Poland. When KPMG published a highly optimistic report on the £3.1bn Polish luxury goods market…

The Necessary Evil

Michal Solcansky explores the economic logic behind conspicuous consumption and its societal benefits. When Thorstein Veblen first suggested that some people tend to spend excessively…

Ethical Consumption in the Millennial Age

Lisa Suerken explores how millennials are making ethical purchasing decisions. Fairtrade, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, charity shops — the list goes on and on. In…

Section Opener: Happiness

‘If you were a miserable poor person you’re going to be an equally miserable rich man’, is a cliché often cited by self-help advocates in…

Runner-Up: Coffee & Donuts

Student explores the rise and fall of Krispy Kreme The Gamble Within most Krispy Kreme stores sits both an impressive feat of engineering and a…

One More Thing Money Can Buy

Amber Murray ponders whether happiness has become the currency of our times. Happiness. Success. Fulfilment. Difficult concepts to pin down, and even more difficult to…

The Spending Bowl

Lars Leimkühler looks into the ritual consumption that surrounds Americas favourite holiday. Super Bowl LII has been record-breaking in many regards as both teams accounted…

Consumerism: More Good than Bad?

Henry Badger explores the multifaceted impact of consumerism on the wellbeing and evolution of our society. The word ‘consumerism’ has often been used to describe…

Section Opener: Technology

Technological advances now occur at a blistering and (crucially) increasing rate. As consumers try to keep up with the latest gadgets, we will likely continue…

Seeking a New Path

Sam Bacevich explores economic growth policy in developing nations. David Ricardo’s theory of competitive advantage demonstrates that trade increases consumption for participating countries — subsequently…

Hard Work

Marco Malusà explores the hidden perils of a district of Accra suffering from electronic waste. What happens to discarded smartphones? Where do computers, fridges and…

Planned Obsolescence

An Evil Plot by Manufacturers or the Lynchpin of the Economy? – Blanca Sans. Would you believe that planned obsolescence is not as manipulative and…

Section Opener
Cryptocurrencies

Introduction Blockchain, often synonymous with the term Bitcoin, has perfused into our quotidian economy since its 2008 inception by an anonymous person or group known…