Darcy Allen is research fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, Editor of the quarterly IPA Review, and a final year PhD Candidate in economics at RMIT University. You can find a list of writing and research here and copies of academic papers here. Darcy’s writing has featured in peer-reviewed academic journal articles, conference papers, and book chapters. He has appeared as an expert witness before the Senate Standing Committee on Economics, Senate Committee on Red Tape, and the Victorian Standing Committee on Economy and Infrastructure. Darcy’s research, opinion pieces and comments have featured on the pages of The Australian, Australian Financial Review, Herald Sun, The Weekly Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times, and The West Australian. Darcy is an external member and research fellow at the University College London Blockchain Technologies Group, and an academic member of MelbCRYPTO.
His thesis is that the economics of the ‘innovation problem’ are best viewed as a knowledge coordination and governance problem, and that the private collective action governance of distributed Hayekian information in ‘innovation commons’ is not only possible but may indeed be optimal. This returns the economics of innovation to the mainline of economic thought from Smith, through Hayek and Mises, to Williamson and Ostrom, and extends the suite of institutional solutions to the innovation problem from government to governance. The applications of theoretical contributions are made largely through blockchain technology, the hackerspace phenomenon, and further to innovation policy.
Darcy grew up in Geelong and graduated from St Joseph’s College Newtown in 2008 before undertaking studies at RMIT University. Darcy went on to be awarded First Class honours in economics and finance.