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The Impact and Cost of Health Sector Regulation

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg, Tim Wilson and Mikayla Novak

Every Australian deserves the opportunity to access high quality health care services. Those services should improve quality of life while remaining affordable. Increasingly however, Australia's health system is bowing under the weight of a...

The post-hope Prime Minister

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Tony Barry

President Obama and former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd both catapulted to power principally by harnessing the politics of hope. But, as recent events have shown, in politics, hope can turn to hopeless pretty quickly. Politicians who try to tap into...

Inside the hermit kingdom

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE

Sometimes it's the simplest things that cause the most brilliant epiphanies. Think Newton and the apple. Despite a lifetime of propaganda and indoctrination, for many North Koreans their view of the world can change almost overnight. For one...

Does more equal really mean all better?

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Mikayla Novak

The criticisms of market capitalism have changed over the past two centuries. The writings of Marx and Engels in the nineteenth century emphasised that the private ownership of the means of production benefited the bourgeoisie at the expense of...

Kevin Rudd's darkest days

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Sinclair Davidson

Kevin Rudd spent a fair amount of his intellectual capacity drubbing Friedrich von Hayek. Two major speeches given to the Centre for Independent Studies put the boot into Hayek who had also featured prominently in Ruddite essays deploring free...

Volume 62 Number 3

IPA REVIEW

Tony Barry on the post-hope Prime Minister, Gary Johns on trade union graduates, Richard Allsop on the magic pudding of reckless spending, Brad Laver on the Facebook furphy, Louise Staley on cupcake consumerism, Tim Wilson and Liz Griffiths on how...

Economists as social engineers

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Sinclair Davidson

In this paper, I make the argument that modern "mainstream" economic thought is inclined towards government intervention and social engineering. To the extent that economic analysis is seen simply as a tool it is likely that economists will...

Regulation and Urban Property Prices

SUBMISSION | Alan Moran

Submission to the Productivity Commission's Review of Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Planning, Zoning and Development Assessments

Green Excuses: Collusion to promote protectionism?

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tim Wilson

The trade of forestry products on international markets is becoming increasingly controversial. For years environmental groups have been claiming that there is mass deforestation and illegal logging occurring in the developing world to create...

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