Economics & Deregulation

Economics & Deregulation

Economic policy research has been a core area of the Institute of Public Affairs since the IPA was founded in 1943. The IPA examines state and federal tax, spending and regulatory initiatives, looking carefully at the unintended consequences of government intervention in the economy. Of particular interest are tax reform, government spending, industrial relations, trade liberalisation, economic freedom, physical and intellectual property rights and regulation.

Sub-topics of Economics & Deregulation


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Submission to the Senate Inquiry into White-Collar Crime Penalties

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen and Chris Berg

On 25 November 2015 the Senate referred an Inquiry to the Senate Economics References Committee. This Inquiry, due to report in July 2016, focuses on the ‘inconsistencies of current criminal, civil and administrative penalties' for...

ATO tax reporting just another case of wasteful red tape: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

The Australian Taxation Office's disclosure of large private company tax information does not meaningfully add to public transparency about the tax system and should be scrapped, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs....

Red tape report shows little reduction in burden


While a $3 billion reduction in regulatory burden is highly commendable it is a mere drop in the ocean, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. This is especially so considering in 2014 the Commonwealth government...

Lessons from private cities


Cities are complex creatures in constant flux. Some cities grow and thrive, while others wither and die. A tussle between top-down regulation (by governments) and bottom-up decision-making (by individuals) makes cities difficult to plan. City...

Red Tape is Crushing Entrepreneurship


Red tape, high taxes and an inflexible workplace relations system are crushing entrepreneurship in Australia, according to new research released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. IPA analysis of recently released...

What politicians need to know about negative gearing

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Sinclair Davidson

Low and middle income earners benefit most from negative gearing. To abolish negative gearing would make investment more difficult for low and middle income earners. 80 per cent of Australians who utilise negative gearing have an income of under...

80 per cent of Australians who negatively gear have incomes below 150000 dollars

MEDIA RELEASE | Sinclair Davidson

  Contrary to recent assertions, the true median income of Australians utilising negative gearing is just $88,751, according to new research by the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs.   The report, What politicians...

The Curtin-Chifley origins of the Australian bank deposit guarantee


In 2008, the Australian government introduced a guarantee of bank deposits. However, in 1945 the Curtin-Chifley government had already introduced what it believed was an explicit bank deposit guarantee. Using archival material, this paper shows...

MYEFO shows Australia on European path to big government: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

Today's Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook statement shows the federal government is failing to reduce wasteful and excessive government spending, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Receipts in 2015-16 will be...

New Money


When governments lavishly print money, citizens are helplessly left watching their savings erode. This is the cost of centralised government monopoly over currency. But cryptocurrencies, such as the burgeoning bitcoin, have set out to solve this...

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