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 economics of politics is what's firing anger over the ABC cuts

Economics & Deregulation | Jason Potts
The Conversation 28th November, 2014

Sometimes things that are pretty simple for most people can seriously confuse an economist. The heat over the ABC cuts is a good example of the...

Less publicly-funded TV is good news for taxpayers...if not pigs

Economics & Deregulation | Jason Potts
The Conversation 20th November, 2014

Malcolm Turnbull's well-telegraphed announcement yesterday that the ABC's funding will be cut by A$254 million over five years is no surprise. But,...

Opinion: ABC cuts smart move to get public finances on sustainable footing

Economics & Deregulation | Simon Breheny
Courier Mail 19th November, 2014

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed cuts to the ABC on this week's episode of Q&A. But the Q&A audience of about 700,000...

Cost-benefit analysis puts corporate tax avoidance in perspective

Economics & Deregulation | Dr Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 17th November, 2014

The growing crackdown on tax avoidance risks ushering in a broader suppression of international tax competition, harming the interests of all...

Victoria's transport policies ruled by the heart, not the head

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Age 17th November, 2014

Possibly the most economically irrational and counterproductive policy of this state election was offered by Labor this week. You won't be...

Evasion, Avoidance or Simply Compliance? The G20's Most Taxing Issue

Economics & Deregulation | Sinclair Davidson
International Banker 17th November, 2014

In November, Australia will host the G20 meetings in Brisbane. Included in an overly ambitious agenda is international tax avoidance or, as the...


Bitcoin and the future of free banking: Submission to Senate inquiry on digital currency

SUBMISSION | Dr Mikayla Novak

As part of its current Economics work program, the IPA is undertaking research into the benefits of digital currencies and fundamental reforms of the existing monetary system. This includes the prospects for free banking, or the regulation and...

Where have all the entrepreneurs gone

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Dom Talimanidis

An analysis of new business creation in Australia

Petrol tax hike undemocratic and unnecessary: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Dr 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...