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


ANU divestment a failure of ethics

Economics & Deregulation and Education | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 18th October, 2014

The Australian National University divesting its resources stocks is a short-sighted decision which, if replicated widely, could greatly harm our...

ANU simply playing politics with investments

Economics & Deregulation and Education | Sinclair Davidson
The Drum 15th October, 2014

The Australian National University's decision to adopt socially responsible investment criteria for managing its $1 billion investment portfolio...

Interest rate tweaks won't manufacture animal spirits

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 10th October, 2014

The economy is not a washing machine. To make it work you can't just press buttons and turn dials. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote in 2012 in...

Can we really afford to go to war?

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 7th October, 2014

On Tuesday morning Prime Minister Tony Abbott categorically ruled out introducing new taxes to pay for Australian participation in the third Iraq...

Politicians must deliver on competition policy reforms

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 4th October, 2014

The recently released draft report into competition policy proposes several bold steps for reform, but will there be the political will to deliver?...

Cultural nationalism feels good but Australian stories have a cost

Economics & Deregulation | Jason Potts
The Conversation 30th September, 2014

The warmest, most welcoming home of cultural nationalism is appeal to the provenance of "our stories". Real Australian stories are made by...


Petrol tax hike undemocratic and unnecessary: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | 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 | 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,...