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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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...

Submission to the Renewable Energy Target Review Panel



Bureaucracy overload


State government employment since the GST reforms

States must restrain runaway bureaucracy costs: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

State and territory governments must get the costs of their own bureaucracies under control to help deliver longer term fiscal sustainability, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "Since the GST reforms the trend...

Aunty out of control


There's only one way to fix the ABC, and that is by privatising it. Everything else is window dressing. If the ABC wants to be reformed, they are doing everything in their power to make it happen. Since the election of the Abbott government, it is...

The battle over cheap energy in the third world

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Brendan Pearson

The American literary critic Lionel Trilling once sounded a warning about the risks of the ‘preening moral righteousness' that is relevant to many of today's environmental campaigners and the complaisant international aid bodies influenced...

Abbott government should not punish aspirational Australians: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

The Abbott government should not punish Australians earning more than $80,000 a year by increasing their income taxes, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "The Coalition should be reducing government spending and...

Minimum wages must not rise: IPA


"High minimum wages discourage employment and workforce participation. An increase in the minimum wage will particularly hurt the unemployed and low income households," said Aaron Lane, Research Fellow at the free market think tank the Institute...

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