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


Stop putting it off: we need a surplus ASAP

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 16th December, 2014

The Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook forecasts yet another budget blow-out of the sort that we've become used to over the last decade. This...

Need for grand reform is pressing as Australians face income recession

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 15th December, 2014

Australia needs to convene a serious discussion about our economic and fiscal problems, and effective solutions to deal with them. The latest...

The Murray inquiry wants regulation - but why?

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 9th December, 2014

Financial sector inquiries have played a peculiarly central role in Australian history. In 1937 the Royal Commission into Monetary and Banking...

The economics of politics is what's firing anger over the ABC cuts

Economics & Deregulation | Jason Potts
The Conversation 28th November, 2014

Sometimes things that are pretty simple for most people can seriously confuse an economist. The heat over the ABC cuts is a good example of the...

Liberalising land regulations would open new frontiers

Economics & Deregulation and Deregulation Unit | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 28th November, 2014

Relaxing the labyrinthine restrictions over the use of our abundant land could fundamentally transform the economy and enhance our standard of...

Less publicly-funded TV is good news for taxpayers...if not pigs

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

Malcolm Turnbull's well-telegraphed announcement yesterday that the ABC's funding will be cut by A$254 million over five years is no surprise. But,...


Government should reject call for higher taxes on Australians: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

The Abbott government should publicly reject the OECD's recommendation to slug Australians with higher taxes, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "The latest OECD economic survey of Australia explicitly calls for...

OECD data shows Australia is not a low tax country

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

"The release of 2012 taxation statistics by the OECD dispels the myth that Australia is a low tax country," says Dr Mikayla Novak, Senior Research Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. In its annual update of taxation...

Factsheet: Where have all the entrepreneurs gone?

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Dom Talimanidis

An analysis of new business creation in Australia