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


The minimum wage is holding prisoners back when they leave jail

Economics & Deregulation | Daniel Wild
Sydney Morning Herald 27th May, 2016

Former prisoners have some of the worst health, economic and social outcomes of all Australians. Sixty-five per cent of former prisoners are still...

People or profit: How does the Greens' corporation plan stack up?

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 24th May, 2016

It is turning out to be a very peculiar election. Last week the Greens wholeheartedly embraced the notion of personal choice - and in the realm of...

Federal election 2016: The folly of the NBN continues

Economics & Deregulation | Evan Mulholland
The Australian 23rd May, 2016

No country has essentially renationalised their telecommunications network as Australia has. The focus on the Australian Federal Police raids over...

The Coalition is joining Labor as a 'soak the rich' party with super policy

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 20th May, 2016

The Coalition's 2013 election policy on superannuation makes for uncomfortable reading. "We encourage as many Australians as possible to actively...

The case for cutting company tax remains strong

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Australian Financial Review 19th May, 2016

The argument that dividend imputation or US tax treaties make a company tax cut pointless does not stack up. A company tax cut will deliver...

Why public funding of the arts should always be temporary

Economics & Deregulation | Jason Potts
The Conversation 17th May, 2016

Last Friday, the Australia Council announced what it called "a $112 million investment over four years to focus on small and medium sized arts...


IPA: Abolishing the minimum wage would help former prisoners find work

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

In an opinion piece published in the Sydney Morning Herald today, Daniel Wild, research fellow with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, outlines the harmful effect of the minimum wage on former prisoners trying to enter the...

The Red Tape State


As of the end of April 2016, the commonwealth government maintained an estimated 1,181 entities, bodies, and administrative relationships. Of those 1,181 entities and bodies, 497 are estimated to be involved in policy design or enforcement of the...

Election needs to focus on growing red tape state

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

New research by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has highlighted the need to reduce the red tape burden of Government agencies. Of the 1,181 Commonwealth entities and bodies, 497 are estimated to be involved in policy design...