Dr Darcy Allen is an Australian academic economist and writer.
He is currently a Research Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs and Editor of the IPA Review, a quarterly magazine on politics and culture. He holds a PhD in economics from RMIT University. From March 2018, Dr Allen will be a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Blockchain Innovation Hub at RMIT University.
Dr Allen’s peer reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings have included contributions to the economics of new technology, institutional economics, entrepreneurial theory and new comparative economics.
In public debate, Darcy has written over 40 other research reports, submissions to government and opinion pieces including on regulating new technologies, education policy, environmental law and economic policy.
His research and commentary has featured widely across the media, including on the pages of The Australian, Australian Financial Review, Herald Sun, The Weekly Times, Sydney Morning Herald and The West Australian.
He has appeared as an expert witness before four state and federal parliamentary inquiries on topics including criminal justice reform, environmental law and technology policy.
In 2017, Darcy’s PhD thesis in economics, The Private Governance of Entrepreneurship: An Institutional Approach to Entrepreneurial Discovery, was passed outright at RMIT University. It was described as theoretically opening ‘entirely new analytical vistas’ while presenting ‘analyses in a wonderfully lucid manner’. My dissertation made contributions to entrepreneurial theory, innovation economics and institutional economics.
Dr Allen is also an External Member and Research fellow at the University College London Blockchain Technologies Group.
Darcy grew up in Geelong and graduated from St Joseph’s College Newtown in 2008 before receiving First Class Honours in economics and finance and a PhD in economics.
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