Losing wealth, health and life: how financial loss can have catastrophic effects

People who have a financial shock are at greater risk of depression and a raft of other physical and mental health issues.Ethan Sykes/UnsplashPublic hearings for the Financial Services Royal Commissio...

Australian millennials' incomes have grown more than baby boomers and millennials in other countries

Those born between 1941 and 1950, show an increase in average incomes between 1995-96 and 2005-06, and then a decline as they enter retirement.velvettangerine/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDLife has changed signi...

Vital Signs: the calm before the storm in US-China trade

Vital Signs is a regular economic wrap from UNSW economics professor and Harvard PhD Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualise weekly economic events and cut through the noise of...

To reduce inequality in Australian schools, make them less socially segregated

Needs-based funding is necessary, but it can only do so much.marco antonio torres/flickr, CC BY-SAAccording to the OECD, 17% of Australian young people leave secondary school without achieving basic e...

Friday essay: the politics of the US family sitcom, and why Roseanne rocks

Popular sitcoms like Modern Family avoid reflecting on wider economic realities: Roseanne has filled a void.IMDBAfter a 20-year hiatus, the American TV series Roseanne has returned to television. Earl...

Yes, Syria's Assad regime is brutal. But the retaliatory air strikes are illegal and partisan

Civil war has raged in Syria for seven years.AAP/ Youssef BadawiThe mainstream media have broadly accepted the justifications from the United States, France and Britain of humanitarian motivation for ...

Essays on Air: can art really make a difference?

Ben Quilty, Life vest, Lesbos. 2016, oil on polyester, 60 x 50cmAustralian War Memorial Before the early 19th century, war was commonly depicted as a heroic venture, while death was both noble and sur...

How does a city get to be 'smart'? This is how Tel Aviv did it

Tel Aviv has a reputation as a "non-stop city" but is also known for its local government's use of smart technology to listen to and respond to residents' needs and concerns.Alexandra Lande/Shuttersto...

What might appear to be common sense is not always based on scientific evidence

The quest for scientific evidence can trace its roots back to the classic masters of rhetoric.AboutLife/ShutterstockThe term “evidence” has a fascinating linguistic and social history &nda...

Sustainable shopping: tap water is best, but what bottle should you drink it from?

The greenest option might be to get a disposable bottle but never dispose of it.Shutterstock.comShopping can be confusing at the best of times, and trying to find environmentally friendly options make...