The Economy

Insights and innovations in the world of work and business

The Economy

Insights and innovations in the world of work and business

House-bound shoppers trigger new online retail frenzy
A new shopping frenzy is taking hold as consumers rush to buy a host of products to maintain their lifestyle at home. Economist and business analyst Dr Prashan Karunaratne explains the 'substitution effect'.
Financial markets in freefall
Measures taken to halt the worst share market sell off since the 1987 crash are not working. Are we heading towards financial oblivion?
How your personality will affect your career
Being proactive and having a sense of curiosity are among the characteristics that help workers get ahead, says Macquarie researcher Dr Laramie Tolentino.
What relationship will you have with your robo-colleagues?
What’s long been rich pickings for sci-fi writers – relationships between robots and humans – is starting to become a reality.
When granny flat deals go bad: legal pitfalls for the elderly
An ageing population and concerns about the quality of aged care in Australia are tipped to lead to more family care arrangements – but what looks like a win-win situation is leading to dire consequences for elderly parents, research by
Love thyself – Singles prepare to self-splurge this Valentine’s Day
Singles are big business and retailers are cashing in, says Macquarie University retail marketing researcher Associate Professor Jana Bowden.
Do women make better CEOs than men?
Myth-busting research from Macquarie University's Business School reveals that companies with a woman in the top position, or with three or more women on their board, reap many benefits.
What's in a nickname at work?
While many nicknames are often a sign of inclusion, in the workplace they can be used to exert control or to help workmates band together.
Sport sponsorship - is it worth the money?
How much should big brands pay to sponsor Roger, Serena or Manchester United? New research from Macquarie Business School looks at why fans buy the merch and estimates what the cost should be for sponsors.
The importance of whistleblowers in the war on white-collar crime
Most corporate wrongdoing would go undetected were it not for suspicious co-workers raising the alarm. But why do so many turn a blind eye?
Feeling festive makes us spend money
Christmas shopping triggers hormonal hits of pleasure in our brains, says Jana Bowden from the Macquarie Business School.
Friday FOMO helps loosen our purse strings
December takes a back seat now as Black Friday kicks off the festive sales season where Australians are expected to spend $53 billion in the lead up to Christmas.