News and Publications

Why economics is cool!

Can economics make this world a better place? AlphaBeta Director Andrew Charlton sat down with the Women in Economics Network to explain his passion for economics as a career.

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Social Progress in Mining-Dependent Countries

Life for people in countries that are ‘mining-dependent’ is improving… Today, people in these countries are generally healthier, wealthier, and better educated.

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Digital Innovation in PFM: Opportunities and implications for low-income countries

A new study by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, together with AlphaBeta, sheds light on the exciting possibility of using digital technology to improve PFM in low-income countries. It contributes to existing research by identifying 60 technology applications that can assist low-income countries overcome their most pressing PFM issues.

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A demand-driven approach to addressing youth employment in Australia

McKinsey & Co, the Macquarie Group Foundation and AlphaBeta worked together to understand the employment challenges facing young Australians, and potential initiatives that could address these challenge

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The New Work Reality

Research by AlphaBeta and the Foundation for Young Australians show half of 25 year olds are not in full-time work. We reveal the four factors that accelerate a young person’s transition into full-time work: 1) Building enterprise skills in education (17 months faster). 2) Relevant paid employment (12 months faster). 3) Paid employment in future-focussed clusters (5 months faster). 4) An optimistic mindset (2 months faster).

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Prevention is the Best Medicine: Rethinking Healthcare in Asia

Healthcare costs in Asia are rising at an unprecedented pace. This is a challenge. Even unlocking all the available efficiency gains in healthcare treatment may not be sufficient for limited resources to meet the demands of an ageing population, with greater expectations on healthcare quality and a rise in non-communicable diseases.

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Better Together: Business, Government, Society and Our Sustainable Future

It is increasingly important for business, government, and society to come together to overcome sustainability challenges in Asia and put the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into practice.

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Feeding Urban Asia: New Approaches for Providing Safe, Nutritious and Affordable Food

Asia’s urban population boom is placing immense pressure on the food system. 555 million people are expected to move to cities in Asia by 2030.

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The Final Straw – Tackling Plastic Straw Consumption in Singapore

Plastic waste is non-biodegradable. It takes up space in landfills that we don’t have. The UN describes the level of plastic waste in our oceans a “planetary crisis”. And the truth is, our habits are not helping. In fact, we ‘suck’. Plastic drinking straws are one such menace that we can and should be tackling head-on. Every straw used counts.

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