Recent publications

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New Study: Tasmania sees largest fall in entrepreneurs

MEDIA RELEASE | Dom Talimanidis

In a threat to the state's long term prosperity, fewer Tasmanians are becoming entrepreneurs than any other state or territory, according to new research released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. New IPA analysis of...

Australia among highest taxed countries in the world

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

Australia has become one of the highest taxing nations in the world, says Dr Mikayla Novak, Senior Research Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "We are constantly being told that Australia is a low tax country, but...

The Australia 'low taxing country' myth


When comparing 'like for like' taxation burdens, accounting for the economic diversity among OECD-member countries and strength of our trading relationships, and considering the competitive global taxing environment in our region and...

Bitcoin and the future of free banking: Submission to Senate inquiry on digital currency

SUBMISSION | Mikayla Novak

As part of its current Economics work program, the IPA is undertaking research into the benefits of digital currencies and fundamental reforms of the existing monetary system. This includes the prospects for free banking, or the regulation and...

Where have all the entrepreneurs gone

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Dom Talimanidis

An analysis of new business creation in Australia

When the going gets tough, the losers get lobbying


In the world of innovation, 3D printing is a new kid on the block. What isn't quite so certain is just how deeply 3D printing's impact will be on other industries, and who stands to lose from its development. Its potential is so extraordinary that...

Petrol tax hike undemocratic and unnecessary: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

The Abbott government's decision today to ram petrol tax indexation past the Parliament is undemocratic and unnecessary, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "A fundamental democratic principle is that tax changes...

Australian living standards threatened by big government: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

The long term trend of better living standards for all Australians is being threatened by intrusive government regulations and wasteful spending, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "Most aspects of Australian life...

Things are getting better all the time: A snapshot of Australian living standards in the long run

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak and Dom Talimanidis

Australians have come a long way over these past two centuries, as evidenced by the numerous improvements in our health, education, and material living standards. As diseases are increasingly being conquered thanks to medical technologies,...

The Missing Foundation of Development: Individual Rights


The major contribution of William Easterly's new book, The Tyranny of Experts released in March this year, is that individual rights for the poor isn't just the most effective path to development for poverty stricken countries. It's that...

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