Dr Darcy Allen is an economist and writer. 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 RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub

His academic research has been published across journals and books including in the International Journal of the Commons, New Perspectives on Political Economy, Review of Austrian Economics, Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice, and Journal of the British Blockchain Association. He recently co-edited a book on Australian regulation, Australia’s Red Tape Crisis: The Causes and Costs of Over-regulation, and currently has three books under contract on entrepreneurial theory, institutional economics and the economics of blockchain technology. His working papers on SSRN have been downloaded over 7,500 times (placing him in the top 10% of authors) and he has over 350 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 reports in the Australian Senate, Queensland Parliament, Victorian Legislative Assembly and 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. Dr Allen is also the former Editor of Australia’s longest running quarterly magazine on politics and culture, the IPA Review.

Dr Allen is also has a range of think tank affiliations including as an Academic Fellow of the Worldwide Blockchain Innovation Association, an Adjunct Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs, an Academic Fellow with the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, he is a Founding Member of the International Society for the Study of Decentralized Governance and he sits on the editorial boards of The Journal of the British Blockchain Association and Frontiers in Blockchain.

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’. Prior to this he was awarded first class honours majoring in economics and finance in 2012.

His Twitter is @DrDarcyAllen.