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


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Where have all the entrepreneurs gone?


The dynamism of an economy stems from the creation of new businesses. Australia witnessed a substantial decline in its new business entry rate over the decade to June 2014. If allowed to go on unaddressed this development has the capacity to...

Decline in entrepreneurs a serious concern


High taxes and low business entry rates are a threat to Australia's long term economic growth, according to new research released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. IPA analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics data...

Free Markets: The Key to Human Flourishing in Cambodia


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The fossil fuel subsidy myth


Over the last six years, the phrase ‘fossil fuel subsidy' has been used by environmental campaigners to demonise the mining industry and call in to question the economic viability of Australia's coal, oil and gas companies. The claimed cost...

Australian fossil fuel subsidies are a myth: IPA


There are no fossil fuel subsidies in Australia, according to a new report from free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The report, The Fossil Fuel Subsidy Myth, was released today and covered in The Australian. The report argues...

Industry super funds fail their own transparency test

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"Industry superannuation funds are hypocritically lobbying for companies to disclose CEO pay and earnings when they themselves fail to live up to basic standards of transparency," says Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights Project at free...

IPA welcomes government scrapping bank deposit tax

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

The Abbott government's announcement to scrap plans for a tax on bank deposits of up to $250,000 is welcomed by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "It is pleasing that the Abbott government has come to its senses on the bank...

Summit shows reform consensus does not exist

MEDIA RELEASE | James Paterson

"Today's National Reform Summit has failed to agree to a meaningful reform agenda," says James Paterson, Deputy Executive Director of the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Mr Paterson participated in the Summit in Sydney...

GST on all online purchases is an unwelcome new tax: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

Joe Hockey's decision to extend the GST to online purchases below $1,000 by 2017 is a new tax that will hurt Australian consumers, according to Chris Berg, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Treasurer Joe Hockey announced that the...

FACTSHEET: Income tax - weighing down the family budget


As previous Institute of Public Affairs research has shown, Australia is not a low tax country. An apples-with-apples comparison which includes both European social security taxes that cover retirement incomes, and Australia's compulsory...

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