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The embargo has gotta go

For decades, the Cuban economy has been constrained under strict communist rule. Eddie Go makes an economic case for re-establishing trade and other economic relations between the U.S. and Cuba in light of Obama’s historic visit to the island.

Spectre of steel

Elijah discusses how the Zollverein – a customs union and free trade area – played a pivotal role in the economic and political evolution of German-speaking states in the 19th century, eventually leading to the creation of the German Empire.

The early Japanese QE experience

QE is the new kid on the block of monetary policy but the verdict is out on its efficacy. As more central banks turn to QE to ease zero interest rate woes, Alex Woodruff wonders how this practice hit the mainstream.

The Hanseatic League

Elijah takes us to Hamburg and reflects on the city’s heritage as a flourishing centre of the Hanseatic League.

Is competition regulation an oxymoron?

Australia needs a full-time, focussed competition watchdog that applies the law using state-of-the-art economics, understanding the ambiguities and subtleties of market interactions, writes Professor Stephen King.

The state of the state

In the lead up to the November state election, Brody Viney takes a look at how the Victorian economy is tracking.

The Pokémon economy

In the first of a two-part series on childhood economics, David Huang explores the way in which Pokémon card economies functioned.