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


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...

The budget falls on stony ground

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 1st August, 2014

Joe Hockey's first budget is a bit like John Howard's Work Choices: it's a solution to a problem the public doesn't think exists. There's a view...

Hockey: the moderate man forced to be dry

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 29th July, 2014

There's a revealing story in the new Joe Hockey biography by Madonna King - revealing not only about the Treasurer but about the Government of...

Light rail project an example of political imperative trumping economic policy

Economics & Deregulation | Julie Novak
Canberra Times 28th July, 2014

The ACT government's decision to proceed with the Civic-Gungahlin light rail project is another example of base political imperative trumping sound...

Politics, not policy, will decide who gets bailed out

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
ABC The Drum 22nd July, 2014

What can we do about "too big to fail"? The interim report of the Commonwealth's Financial System Inquiry, chaired by David Murray and released...


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...