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


Public spending cuts: Objection must be overcome

Economics & Deregulation | Julie Novak
Canberra Times 6th September, 2014

Even if the Abbott government succeeds in getting its key budget measures passed, the fiscal sustainability challenge still looms menacingly into...

Arts venture capitalism

Economics & Deregulation | Jason Potts
The Conversation 4th September, 2014

The arts economy by-and-large replicates the rest of the economy in its structures, complexity and diversity. There is a craft-based core unchanged...

Qantas posts record loss: where did it go so wrong?

Economics & Deregulation | Dom Talimanidis
The Guardian 29th August, 2014

The release yesterday of Qantas' yearly results gave another clear indication that the outdated legislation that continues to hamper its ability to...

The cold calculations of the GFC stimulus

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 26th August, 2014

Wayne Swan's memoirs of his time as treasurer, The Good Fight, spend a great deal of time on the global financial crisis. As Swan presents it, the...

Speak well of the bourgeois, and prosper

Economics & Deregulation | Jason Potts
The Conversation 20th August, 2014

Do the words we use to speak of economic matters, matter? I believe they do, but not by the propagation of textbookish jargon. Rather, the main way...

Abbott needs to hit the reset button

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 5th August, 2014

The Abbott Government is about to learn that the hardest political manoeuvre is changing direction. In their times, Kevin Rudd, John Howard and...


Submission to the Renewable Energy Target Review Panel



Bureaucracy overload


State government employment since the GST reforms

States must restrain runaway bureaucracy costs: IPA


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...