Darcy Allen

Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs

Dr Darcy Allen is an economist and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently a Research Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs and the Editor of Australia’s oldest quarterly magazine on politics and culture, the IPA Review. His interests lie in economics of innovation, entrepreneurship and private governance. He is a regular media commentator on issues on issues ranging from the economics of regulation to technology policy, and has appeared before parliament as an expert witness on several occasions. He holds a PhD in economics from RMIT University, which developed an institutional approach to entrepreneurial discovery.


The Economics of Crypto-Democracy, 2017, Presented at Linked Democracy: AI for Democratic Innovation, 26th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence

MacDonald, Trent J., Darcy WE Allen, and Jason Potts. “Blockchains and the boundaries of self-organized economies: Predictions for the future of banking.” In Banking Beyond Banks and Money, pp. 279-296. Springer International Publishing, 2016.

Allen, Darcy W. E., Blockchain Innovation Commons (February 16, 2017).

Allen, Darcy W. E., Discovering and Developing the Blockchain Crypto-Economy (January 13, 2017).


Decentralised Governance, Political Economy, Entrepreneurial Disocvery


New Institutional Economics, Economic Theory, Comparative Institutional Economics


RMIT University and the Institute of Public Affairs

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