By investigating investor choice, market operations and stakeholder decision-making, our researchers are advancing understanding of how markets, and the key players within them, work.
The domino effect: how the GFC spread across the globe
Inspired by the worldwide impact of recent financial crises in countries such as the United States, Ireland, Greece and Iceland, a University of Melbourne economist is developing a detailed model of the global financial system as a network of interconnected entities.
Big picture economics: understanding the impact of global uncertainty
As the world becomes increasingly globalised and its economies intertwined, a researcher from The University of Melbourne has embarked on a world first project to understand the impact of uncertainty on an international level.
Shock tactics: managing economic structural adjustments
What if a major change in technology, trade policy or the exchange rate suddenly made some sectors of the Australian economy less competitive? How would we cope?
Counting the cost of carbon: helping businesses to manage emissions
A unique collaboration between accountants and scientists is expected to have a significant impact on the growing need for businesses to 'go green'.
Smart choices: the impact of smart meters on consumer choice
Unprecedented access to the energy usage data of more than 8000 consumers has enabled University of Melbourne researchers to investigate how people engage with smart meter data and how it affects their bills and carbon footprint.
Trading partners: the evolution of Ottoman-European trade
With evidence of market linkages between Turkey and Europe stretching back to the 15th century, researchers are undertaking the first comprehensive empirical analysis of the evolution of trade between the regions.
Conserving resources: can real time data change consumer habits?
This research project investigates if real time feedback on energy and water consumption can be used by utility companies to change the habits of consumers, and drive environmental change.
Making a change: how collective self-regulation might save the world
Real social change only occurs where there is a cultural transformation that results in widespread changes to the ideas and practices of community members. But what does it take for people to change their behaviour and beliefs?
Haze alert: market impact of air pollution in China
Using a December 2013 haze event, when China's air quality index crossed the threshold from ‘very unhealthy’ to ‘hazardous’ for the first time, this study assesses the local market's reaction to expected regulatory costs.
Top idea: designing innovation contests
Innovation contests and prizes are popular tools for uncovering the best ideas but are we really getting the cream of the crop?
Modelling for success: sustainable business models for social enterprises
Our researchers are studying what works when it comes to the business models of social enterprises working to address poverty and other key social and environmental problems.
High water: flood predictor model for insurers
Using rainfall and temperature data from weather stations across Australia, a team of actuaries from the Department of Economics are developing a model to help insurers assess the severity and frequency of flood claims.
Playing it safe: the macroeconomic consequences of macroprudential policy
With history showing that recessions that follow financial crises are longer and more severe, a team of University of Melbourne economists are investigating the impact of governmental policies intended to maintain stability in times of financial uncertainty.