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


Why should we join another development bank?

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 31st March, 2015

Over the weekend Australia announced it will be part of the initial negotiations on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The AIIB is a...

Simplicity in government a worthy goal

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 21st March, 2015

The Australian public sector has become so complex that reforms simplifying policy settings would deliver huge dividends. Federal Treasurer Joe...

Less is more leaves ABC stumped

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 20th March, 2015

The ABC's Fran Kelly couldn't help herself on Tuesday morning when she interviewed visiting American economist Arthur Laffer on Radio National. Not...

Super reforms: fact and fiction

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 7th March, 2015

The tax treatment of superannuation is coming under heavy fire, but is the criticism well placed when we are forcing people to invest funds into a...

New boss John Fraser can restore Treasury to glory

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 6th March, 2015

It would be wrong to call John Fraser the new head of the Commonwealth Treasury Department an "economist's economist". Firstly, because he's not...

Meet the man who could change the budget

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 3rd March, 2015

No Australian bureaucrat is as influential - intellectually as well as politically - as the Secretary of the Treasury. Under the Rudd government...


'Google tax' will damage Australia's investment reputation

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg and Sinclair Davidson

"The government's proposed ‘Google tax' is nothing more than a tax grab and will damage Australia's investment reputation," says Chris Berg, Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs. Treasurer Joe Hockey announced yesterday that...

Tax reform must deliver tax cuts: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

The government's Tax Discussion Paper released today fails to address the need to reduce the size of government in Australia, says the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "Australia does not need new or higher taxes. The Abbott...

Today's red tape cuts need to go further

MEDIA RELEASE | James Paterson

The cost of federal government regulation was $65 billion in 2013-14, representing 4.2% of GDP, according to the release of today's Autumn Repeal Day report. This report by the federal government announced a further $305 million in net red tape...