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 politicians ride the wave of anti-bank populism

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 25th November, 2015

Australia's banks are launching a new campaign to educate policymakers and regulators about the ins and outs of their business, the Australian...

Reform debate: put low taxation on the table too

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 13th November, 2015

The pity is that as John Hewson has got more left-wing over the years he's forgotten how good he once was and he's mis-remembered what he tried to...

Australia wins at the global creative game

Economics & Deregulation | Jason Potts
The Conversation 4th November, 2015

I like a good index, and the University of Toronto-based American economic geographer Richard Florida has been my main supplier for a few years...

Hands-off approach the best way to foster innovation

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 31st October, 2015

For a growing and productive Australian economy, we need to embrace innovation in all forms without onerous regulatory obstacles. Prime Minister...

Film Thor promises an Australian jobs bonanza, but don't believe the hype

Economics & Deregulation | Jason Potts
The Conversation 27th October, 2015

Flanked by a smiling telecast of actor Chris "Thor" Hemsworth and director Ridley Scott, foreign minister Julie Bishop and arts minister Mitch...

Don't blame voters for a lack of competition reform

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 20th October, 2015

Malcolm Turnbull should count himself lucky. Tony Abbott has handed his successor a remarkably fleshed out agenda for economic reform. Shortly...


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...

Welfare reform must contribute to budget repair: New report

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

Australia's welfare system is unsustainable and is in need of reform to help Australia's growing budget problem, according to a new report from free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The report, Making welfare sustainable:...

Making welfare sustainable


Australia has a targeted tax transfer system compared with other developed countries, but on the outlays side there still remains too much welfare spending directed to middle and upper classes (defined here at households in top 60 per cent of...