Peter Gregory

Research Fellow

Peter Gregory is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. He focuses on development economics, entrepreneurship in developing countries, free market solutions to poverty and sport. He has also been an author and member of the editorial team for the IPA’s weekly email Hey… What did I miss?

Peter has featured on ABC Radio National as well as various state and community radio stations and his articles have appeared in most major Australian newspapers including The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Courier Mail. He has also had pieces published in major newspapers in South Africa, Cambodia, Uganda and India.

He was the presenter in the IPA’s Free Markets: The Key to Human Flourishing in Cambodia video shot on location in Cambodia.

Peter has presented his work at various conferences around Australia, the United States and at Oxford University. In 2014 he was a member of the Planning Group for the Y20 conference in Sydney – the youth counterpart of that year’s G20 conference.

Prior to joining the IPA Peter worked in the Latin America, Middle East and Asia Team at World Vision Australia and in the Research and Development Team of the Small Enterprise Foundation - a microfinance institution in South Africa.

He joined the IPA after becoming disillusioned with the prevailing poverty alleviation orthodoxy of the development sector.

Peter completed an Honours degree in Political Science at Monash University and is in the final stages of a PhD in development economics at RMIT.

Just Be Happy
6 December 2012

Just Be Happy

The Melbourne City Council just wants you to be happy. Really. Happy. That’s why in October they trumpeted a media release on their website with the heading emblazoned across the page, ‘More than $630,000 awarded to boost Melbourne’s health and happiness’. It seems these funds are to be spent on, ‘opportunities for our community to join in and enjoy city
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Free Schools: David Cameron’s Radical Idea
1 December 2012

Free Schools: David Cameron’s Radical Idea

Peter Gregory investigates the introduction of school choice in the United Kingdom (this article first appeared in the December 2012 edition of the IPA Review.) For all the criticism it has received, the Cameron government in Britain has undertaken at least one transformative and visionary reform since its inception. That is, the introduction of free schools in the British education system
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What’s In A Name?
10 October 2012

What’s In A Name?

This article from the October 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Researcher at the IPA, Peter Gregory. A wise man once said, ‘If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.’ Actually, it was Noam Chomsky. Wait…really? Whatever. He’s right. Freedom means freedom for everyone. Even people who
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You Gotta Fight… For Your Right…
17 August 2012

You Gotta Fight… For Your Right…

This article from the August 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Researcher at the IPA, Peter Gregory. The United States of America. The Land of the Free. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Washington. Jefferson. Lincoln. This is the nation that gave us Sinatra, Elvis, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, Willie Nelson, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, NWA and…um…Britney
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The Market Works
13 August 2012

The Market Works

This article from the August 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Researcher with the IPA, Peter Gregory. This observation from a Kenyan mother describes in a nutshell why millions of parents in slums across the developing world choose to forego free public education and send their children to low-cost private schools. Ground-breaking research from Dr Pauline Dixon, Director
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The Market Works
1 August 2012

The Market Works

“If you are offered free fruit and vegetables at the market, you know they will be rotten. If you want fresh produce, then you have to pay for it.” This observation from a Kenyan mother describes in a nutshell why millions of parents in slums across the developing world choose to forego free public education and send their children to
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One Of These Days
20 April 2012

One Of These Days

This article from the April 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Research at the IPA, Peter Gregory. If you’ve been reading your Hey… What did I miss? (and if you haven’t, we’re very sad) you’ll know that 13 February was UNESCO World Radio Day. As you are no doubt aware, this is the day meant to ‘encourage decision-makers
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Free Market Solutions To Poverty
17 April 2012

Free Market Solutions To Poverty

This article from the April 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Researcher at the IPA, Peter Gregory. Over the past two decades, much has been made of so-called ‘market-based’ solutions to extreme poverty. The prevailing view is that poverty alleviation schemes premised upon market forces, such as micro finance, offer additional benefits in comparison to traditional charitable or
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