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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Red Tape is Crushing Entrepreneurship


Red tape, high taxes and an inflexible workplace relations system are crushing entrepreneurship in Australia, according to new research released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. IPA analysis of recently released...

What politicians need to know about negative gearing

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Sinclair Davidson

Low and middle income earners benefit most from negative gearing. To abolish negative gearing would make investment more difficult for low and middle income earners. 80 per cent of Australians who utilise negative gearing have an income of under...

80 per cent of Australians who negatively gear have incomes below 150000 dollars

MEDIA RELEASE | Sinclair Davidson

  Contrary to recent assertions, the true median income of Australians utilising negative gearing is just $88,751, according to new research by the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs.   The report, What politicians...

The Curtin-Chifley origins of the Australian bank deposit guarantee


In 2008, the Australian government introduced a guarantee of bank deposits. However, in 1945 the Curtin-Chifley government had already introduced what it believed was an explicit bank deposit guarantee. Using archival material, this paper shows...

MYEFO shows Australia on European path to big government: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

Today's Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook statement shows the federal government is failing to reduce wasteful and excessive government spending, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Receipts in 2015-16 will be...

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...

The sharing economy


The sharing economy is a suite of emerging software platforms acting as an intermediary between private buyers and private sellers, allowing them to share their existing resources-hence, a ‘sharing' economy. The sharing economy is a market...

Free markets and tolerance


If you're an avid reader of the IPA's Hey...What did I miss, you would have come across a recent article in The Conversation claiming Adam Smith was racist. In the opening sentence of The Wealth of Nations, Smith states that nations can consume...

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