Will 'sew-bots' stitch up a future for American Apparel?
Leslie Stoel, Miami University
Earlier this month, clothing manufacturer and retailer American Apparel, Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
American Apparel is a vertically integrated company,...
What Grantland's demise says about ESPN's past and future ambitions
Travis Vogan, University of Iowa
For those of us who regularly read Grantland, ESPN’s announcement that it shuttered the boutique sports and pop culture website didn’t come...
Explainer: what's the debt ceiling and why it's an obsolete way to control spending
William D Lastrapes, University of Georgia
The US is once again on the precipice of default on its national debt – not because of a fundamental inability to generate...
The rise and rise of North Korea's 'money masters'
Benjamin Habib, La Trobe University
The North Korean government recently announced that its nuclear facilities at Yongbyon are fully operational, with the capability of producing enough plutonium...
A dissenting economist on GST: we should charge more on beer and smokes
Harry Bloch, Curtin University
Recently, 49 prominent Australian economists were polled by the Economic Society of Australia on the issue of GST reform.
Each member of the panel...
Family tax benefit savings trimmed, but families with teenagers hit hardest
Peter Whiteford, Australian National University
The Turnbull government on Wednesday introduced fresh legislation to amend Australia’s family tax benefits system. The move...
Why the 'cashless welfare card' trial will leave us none the wiser
Eva Cox, University of Technology Sydney
The legislation for the “cashless welfare card” trials passed the Senate last week with bipartisan support. The card started life as Twiggy...
Tax reform aside, there's no real case to kill off dividend imputation
Kevin Davis, Australian Centre for Financial Studies
With tax reform back on the agenda, the future of dividend imputation remains uncertain.
Allowed in Australia since 1987,...
Australian education fails one in four young people – but not the wealthy ones
Stephen Lamb, Victoria University
How do you know if an education system works well for all learners, not just those who are most likely to succeed?
Education is an important...
From student to start-up – how a PhD can boost budding businesses
Nicky Ringland, University of Sydney
What should an undergraduate student who’s inspired to change the world do? Should they continue their education in a PhD or found a startup?...