Dr Allen’s current research focuses on the economics and political economy of new technologies, using institutional economics, entrepreneurial theory and new comparative economics.
His scholarly contributions have appeared in journals, books and conference proceedings, including the International Journal of the Commons, the Journal of Peer Production and New Perspectives on Political Economy.
He recently co-edited a book on Australia regulation, Australia’s Red Tape Crisis: The Causes and Costs of Over-regulation, and currently has two books under contract on blockchain technology.
Dr Allen has also engaged widely in public debate.
He appeared as an expert witness to provide evidence before a range of state and federal parliamentary inquiries including on environmental law, criminal justice reform and the economics of regulation.
His commentary and research findings have appeared widely 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.
He is also the former Editor of Australia’s longest running quarterly magazine on politics and culture, the IPA Review.
Dr Allen is also an Academic Fellow of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance and a Research Affiliate with the University College London Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT).
Dr Allen’s PhD dissertation in economics, The Private Governance of Entrepreneurship, was passed outright at RMIT University in 2017. Prior to this he was awarded first class honours majoring in economics and finance in 2012.
His Twitter is @DrDarcyAllen.