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Pedestrian push placebo pacifies people in perplexing periods

Pedestrian push placebo pacifies people in perplexing periods

Social science, both popular and academic, is obsessed with the power of little things including, it would seem, the placebo pedestrian crossing.

The economics of the everyday: how consumers control the coffee market

The economics of the everyday: how consumers control the coffee market

As the costs of rent and food skyrocket, the little things like coffee and ice cream have mostly stayed the same. How long can that last?

The team changing Australia’s behaviour, one nudge at a time

The team changing Australia’s behaviour, one nudge at a time

The government's BETA team are working out tiny, near-invisible ways to influence our everyday decisions.

Razer: David Graeber cuts through the bullshit

Razer: David Graeber cuts through the bullshit

Next to academic David Graeber, Jordan Peterson is a xerox of Malcolm Gladwell’s rejected TED talk notes on the topic of “Chicks: they’re just like that”

These chopsticks are everything that’s wrong with the economy

These chopsticks are everything that’s wrong with the economy

Would you pay $170 for some chopsticks, branded with the logo of a US skateboarding company?

Have dodgy pollies really cost Australia $72 billion?

Have dodgy pollies really cost Australia $72 billion?

This week The Australia Institute made headlines with a report claiming the nation's corruption (or perception thereof) has cost us $72 billion since 2012. We put the question to TAI's research director Rod Campbell: are we really that dodgy?

Fairfax shifts focus to listing Domain on ASX

Fairfax shifts focus to listing Domain on ASX

Fairfax media, like News Corp, is trying to separate their profitable real estate listings business Domain from their struggling news media operations.

Shifting political faultlines make life harder for Turnbull

Shifting political faultlines make life harder for Turnbull

Shifts in economics and role-reversals mean our major parties are in very different positions to where they were five years ago.

‘Jobs and growth’? Trickle-down economics finally dead, buried and cremated

‘Jobs and growth’? Trickle-down economics finally dead, buried and cremated

Company tax cuts get politically and economically smashed as trickle-down economics tacks a battering, writes executive director of The Australia Institute Ben Oquist.

Spitballing policy ideas

Spitballing policy ideas

Crikey readers discuss politics and policy.