Dr Darcy Allen


I’m an academic economist and writer focused on blockchain technology.


Dr Darcy Allen is an economist and writer based in Melbourne. His research focuses on the economics and political economy of new technologies using institutional economics and entrepreneurial theory. 

He is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Blockchain Innovation Hub at RMIT University. Dr Allen is also an Academic Fellow of the Worldwide Blockchain Innovation Association, an Adjunct Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs and an Academic Fellow with the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, and he sits on the editorial boards of The Journal of the British Blockchain Association and Frontiers in Blockchain.

Dr Allen has made academic contributions to economics and political economy through journal articles, books and conference proceedings (including the International Journal of the Commons, New Perspectives on Political Economy, the Review of Austrian Economics and the Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice).

He recently co-edited a book on Australia regulation, Australia’s Red Tape Crisis: The Causes and Costs of Over-regulation, and currently has three books under contract on blockchain technology. His working papers on SSRN have been downloaded over 7,000 times (placing him in the top 10% of authors) and he has over 250 Google Scholar citations.

Dr Allen has also engaged widely in public debate. He has appeared as an expert witness to provide evidence before a range of state and federal parliamentary inquiries (cited in committee reports tabled in the Australian Senate, the Queensland Parliament, the Victorian Legislative Assembly and in various Productivity Commission reports). 

His commentary and research findings have appeared across the print and electronic media, including in The Australian, Australian Financial Review, Herald Sun, The West Australian, The Weekly Times and the Sydney Morning Herald. This has included front page coverage and prime time radio interviews. Dr Allen is also the former Editor of Australia’s longest running quarterly magazine on politics and culture, the IPA Review.

Dr Allen’s award-winning PhD in economics, The Private Governance of Entrepreneurship: An Institutional Approach to Entrepreneurial Discovery, was passed outright at RMIT University in 2017 and won the RMIT Prize for Research Excellence (Higher Degree by Research – Enterprise). His thesis was described as a ‘first rate piece of research’ that ‘opens up entirely new analytical vistas’ and was written in a ‘lucid’ manner. Prior to this he was awarded first class honours majoring in economics and finance in 2012.

His Twitter is @DrDarcyAllen.