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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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

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

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

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Darcy Allen

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

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Peter Gregory

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...

The good news on poverty: New report

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

Living standards for Australians experiencing poverty and disadvantage have greatly improved over the last few decades, according to a new report from free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The report, The good news on poverty:...

Productivity Commission report confirms Australia is a high tax country

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

A major Productivity Commission report released this week confirms research by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs that Australia is a high tax country. The report, Tax and Transfer Incidence in Australia, acknowledges that...

The good news on poverty: Things are getting better for the poor in Australia

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

Contrasting the image that the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer, Australians experiencing poverty and disadvantage are in fact enjoying better living standards than previous generations of impoverished Australians. People on...

Where have all the entrepreneurs gone?

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Brett Hogan

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

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

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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