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: Abolishing the minimum wage would help former prisoners find work

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

In an opinion piece published in the Sydney Morning Herald today, Daniel Wild, research fellow with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, outlines the harmful effect of the minimum wage on former prisoners trying to enter the...

The Red Tape State

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

As of the end of April 2016, the commonwealth government maintained an estimated 1,181 entities, bodies, and administrative relationships. Of those 1,181 entities and bodies, 497 are estimated to be involved in policy design or enforcement of the...

Election needs to focus on growing red tape state

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

New research by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has highlighted the need to reduce the red tape burden of Government agencies. Of the 1,181 Commonwealth entities and bodies, 497 are estimated to be involved in policy design...

IPA welcomes Victorian auditor generals report on the need to reform red tape programs

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

The Institute of Public Affairs welcomes the calls for reform of red tape reduction programs in Victoria, including improved measurement, transparency and accountability across the system. These comments follow the tabling of the Victorian Auditor...

Worsening red tape harming Queensland's economy

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

"A survey of Queensland resource company CEOs which shows concerns about harmful red tape at a near-five year high should be a wake up call for the Queensland and Commonwealth governments", said Chris Berg, senior fellow at the free market think...

The 176 billion tax on our prosperity

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

This is the first of a series of papers investigating the dimensions of red tape costs in Australia. There is widespread concern that government red tape imposes substantial costs upon the Australian economy. These costs typically come in the form...

Red Tape Costs the Australian Economy 176 Billion

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

New research by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs estimates that red tape costs the Australian economy $176 billion per year - or 11 per cent of GDP. This is far greater than the Commonwealth Government's current estimate of...

The case for personal income taxation cuts

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Darcy Allen

Tax reform would benefit by following one simple motif: don't tax what you want more of. It follows that cutting income tax rates should be a boon for the Australian economy-freeing up labour markets, incentivising work, and stimulating...

Budget allocates over 800 million dollars for more red tape: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Darcy Allen and Chris Berg

The Commonwealth budget allocates over $800 million in additional funding to big regulators to create more red tape, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "Handing more money to regulators such as the ATO and ASIC...

Superannuation Tax Increases to Hurt Savings

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The tax increases on superannuation announced in last night's Federal Budget are bad policy and will further damage confidence in the superannuation system, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "The purpose of the...

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