Jessica Irvine presents Economics 101 and shows you how to use the power of economics to solve your everyday problems with this witty, accessible and entertaining guide.
Can economics help you lose weight? How does an emissions trading scheme work? Why are bananas so expensive? What really goes on inside the federal budget lock up? How can you spot a zombie bank? Does Australia take too many refugees? Why do boy bands make so much money?
From asylum seekers to bananas, Jessica Irvine's weekly Irvine Index in The Sydney Morning Herald uses fun facts to get to the heart of our biggest political and economic debates. Part economics lesson, part quirky observation on modern life, this collection of easily digestible, bite-sized nuggets of factual goodness will help transform even the most economically illiterate person into an insightful commentator at their next work drinks or weekend barbeque.
'Jessica has a rare ability to communicate complex economic theories in a simple and entertaining way. But I still don't understand her obsession with zombies.' - Ross Gittins, Economics Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald
Jessica Irvine is the National Economics Editor of News Limited's metro newspapers, and has previously been an economics writer for The Sydney Morning Herald, with columns appearing in The Age, The West Australian and The Brisbane Times. From 2006 to 2008 she was the Herald's economics correspondent in the federal press gallery in Canberra. She has an honours degree in Economics (Social Sciences) from the University of Sydney and lives in Sydney - but has plans to migrate if banana prices ever reach $15 a kilo again. Twitter: @Jess_Irvine