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Darcy Allen

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Research Fellow

Darcy Allen is a research fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs and a final year PhD candidate in economics at RMIT University in Melbourne. He is particularly interested in the economics of innovation and regulation.

Allen's IPA research, opinion pieces and comments have appeared in The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times, The West Australian, and The Weekly Times, as well as regular articles in the IPA Review and radio interviews.

Allen came to the IPA through his interest in Austrian economics-including the work of F. A. Hayek and Ludwig von Mises-as well as the theory of political economy.

Allen is in the final stages of his doctorate in economics, which develops a new institutional approach to innovation economics, focusing on entrepreneurial discovery over new technologies. His thesis is that the early stages of entrepreneurial discovery occurs in polycentric governance structures he calls the 'innovation commons' which are developed privately though collective action.

Darcy grew up in Geelong and attended St Joseph's College, before going on to university and receiving a first class honours degree majoring in economics and finance.

While completing his studies Darcy worked as a copywriter.

Follow him on Twitter @DarcyWEAllen.

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