Darcy Allen is research fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs and a final year PhD Candidate in economics at RMIT University in Melbourne. He is the Editor of the IPA Review. A list of recent writing and research and copies of academic papers can be found online.
Darcy’s writing has featured in peer-reviewed academic journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, and has been regularly presented at conferences. Darcy 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, among other places, on the pages of The Australian, Australian Financial Review, Herald Sun, The Weekly Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times, The West Australian, The Advertiser, and the Mercury, as well as a wide range of regional newspapers.
Darcy is an external member of the University College London Blockchain Technologies Group, and an academic member of MelbCRYPTO. His research reports and submissions for the IPA range from the inflexible regulation of schooling, to the red tape of native vegetation law, to the impact of red tape on disruptive technologies and the sharing economy. His regular IPA Review pieces have included the case for personal income tax cuts, the growth of cryptocurrencies, the legacy of Ronald Reagan and the lessons from private cities.
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 and the hackerspace phenomenon.
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 before entering a PhD program in economics.