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

Publications

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

SUBMISSION | Dr 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

Petrol tax hike undemocratic and unnecessary: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Dr 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 | Dr 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 | Dr 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

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Peter Gregory

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

SUBMISSION | Alan Moran

Submission

Bureaucracy overload

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Dr Mikayla Novak

State government employment since the GST reforms

States must restrain runaway bureaucracy costs: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Dr 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

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | James Paterson

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...

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