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


Is the Government chasing growth, or just revenue?

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 9th February, 2016

How on earth did tax reform come to be seen as the great white whale of economic reform in the 21st century? The debate about whether to raise the...

Donald Trump is not a conservative - just look at his views on trade

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 18th January, 2016

Donald Trump's proposal to end all Muslim immigration to the United States has unleashed a justified torrent of commentary around the world. But it...

Poorest members of Trans-Pacific Partnership to benefit most

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Age 17th January, 2016

Why is Australia a party to the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement? This regional free trade agreement between 12 Pacific Rim nations, including...

Welfare experiment may have applications in Australia

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 8th January, 2016

Giving everyone an obligation-free basic income might change the way we think about welfare, but it is fraught with economic and financial risks....

Dick Smith couldn't compete and that is why it failed

Economics & Deregulation | Sinclair Davidson
The Conversation 6th January, 2016

Troubled electronics retailer Dick Smith's shock receivership leaves investors and customers on tenterhooks. All those shoppers who bought gift...

The alternative to Uber's surge pricing isn't fair either

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 5th January, 2016

On the morning of New Year's Eve, the ridesharing company Uber sent its customers an email warning of increased prices particularly between 12:30am...


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...