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

Publications

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IPA releases new Australian freedom index: WA freest state; Tas least free

MEDIA RELEASE | Julie Novak

New research has found that Western Australia was the freest state for economic activities in 2011, while Tasmania was the least free state, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "In an Australian first, the IPA...

Submission to Department of Industry

SUBMISSION | Julie Novak

Australian Government Economic Review of South Australia and Victoria

Bigger. Better. Cheaper

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Julie Novak

In October every year a group of non-profits and social reformers commemorate ‘Anti-Poverty Week', to raise awareness of poverty in Australia. This year Tim Costello labelled Australia as ‘a land of paradox, and one of the enduring...

The heavy cost of renewable energy requirements

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Alan Moran

The carbon tax was the tombstone of the ALP's 2013 election policy platform. But it is only one of a family of measures providing nutrition for the crusade by numerous scientists, officials, university lecturers and renewable energy installers...

Coastal shipping laws should be repealed

MEDIA RELEASE | Aaron Lane

Today the Institute of Public Affairs released an extensive report ‘Coastal Shipping Reform: Industry saviour or regulatory nightmare?' The report reviews the Australian coastal shipping trade, and in particular examines a suite of changes...

Health at all costs

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tim Wilson

How health-first paternalism is promoted by government to corrode choice.

Government must rule out Qantas bailout

MEDIA RELEASE | Aaron Lane

"The Abbott government should immediately rule out a bailout of Qantas. Any proposal for Qantas to be subsidised in order to remain competitive would be an enormous waste of taxpayer funds, and would set a terrible precedent for other large...

Low income earners hurt as Abbott keeps tax hikes: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Julie Novak

Reports that the Abbott government has decided to retain the former Labor government's tobacco excise increase is a pre Christmas blow to the budget of low income earners, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "The...

Rudd tax surge a disaster for working Australians: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Julie Novak

The Rudd government's Economic Statement, released today, reveals a raft of damaging tax hikes to bankroll a continuing spending splurge over the next few years, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. ‘The...

Addicted to debt

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Don Turkington

Underlying the explosion of public debt and emergence of unconventional monetary policies is the tendency of modern governments to spend more than they earn. Deficit spending, however, was not always the norm. Governments historically tended to...

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