Research and Writing

Authored Books
  1. When Entrepreneurs Meet: The Collective Governance of New Ideas, World Scientific, 2020.
  2. The New Technologies of Freedom, American Institute for Economic Research, 2020 (with Berg and Davidson).
  3. Unfreeze: How to Create a High Growth Economy After the Pandemic, American Institute for Economic Research, 2020 (with Berg, Davidson, Lane and Potts).
  4. Cryptodemocracy: How Blockchain Can Radically Expand Democratic Choice, Lexington, Series on Polycentricity: Studies in Institutional Diversity and Voluntary Governance, 2019 (with Berg and Lane).
Edited Books
  1. Australia’s Red Tape Crisis: The Causes and Costs of Over-Regulation, Connor Court Publishing, Brisbane, Australia, 2020 (with Berg).
Journal Articles
  1. The Exchange Theory of Web3 Governance, Kyklos, forthcoming (with Berg, Lane, MacDonald and Potts).
  2. Web3 Toolkits: A User Innovation Theory of Crypto Development, Journal of Open Innovation 9(2) 100050, 2023 (with Potts).
  3. Why Airdrop Cryptocurrency Tokens? Journal of Business Research, 2023, 163 (with Berg and Lane).
  4. Repugnant Innovation, Journal of Institutional Economics 2022 (with Berg and Davidson).
  5. On Coase and COVID-19European Journal of Law and Economics 54(1), 2022: 107-125 (with Berg, Davidson, Potts).
  6. The Political Economy of Australian Regulatory Reform, Australian Journal of Public Administration 80(1) 2021, 114-137 (with Berg, Lane, McLaughlin).
  7. Blockchain and Investment: An Austrian Approach, Review of Austrian Economics 34, 2021: 149-162 (with Berg, Davidson, Potts).
  8. Blockchain and the Evolution of Institutional Technologies: Implications for Innovation Policy (2020, with Berg, Markey-Towler, Novak and Potts), Research Policy 49(1), 2020: 1-8.
  9. The Governance of Blockchain Dispute Resolution, Harvard Negotiation Law Review, 25, 2020: 75-101 (with Lane and Poblet).
  10. From Athens to Blockchain: Oracles for Digital Democracy, Frontiers in Blockchain 3(575662), 2020: 1-11 (with Poblet, Konashevych, Lane, Valdivia).
  11. Cryptodemocratic Governance of Special Economic Zones, Journal of Special Jurisdictions 1(1), 2020: 83-101 (with Lane).
  12. The Cryptoeconomics of Cities, Data and Space Cosmos + Taxis 8(8-9), 2020: 117-129 (with Berg, Jowett, Novak, Potts).
  13. Blockchain Governance: What we can Learn from the Economics of Corporate GovernanceJournal of the British Blockchain Association, 3(1), 2020: 1-10 (with Berg).
  14. Governing the Entrepreneurial Discovery of Blockchain Applications, Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy 9(2), 2020: 194-212.
  15. Cryptodemocracy and its Institutional Possibilities, The Review of Austrian Economics 33, 2020: 363-374 (with Berg, Lane).
  16. International Policy Coordination for Blockchain Supply Chains, Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, 6(3), 2019: 367-380 (with Berg, Davidson, Novak, Potts).
  17. Some Economic Consequences of the GDPR, Economics Bulletin, 39(2),2019: 1-14 (with Berg, Berg, Markey-Towler, Potts).
  18. Blockchain and Supply Chains: V-form Organisations, Value Redistributions, De-commoditisation and Quality Proxies, The Journal of the British Blockchain Association, 2(1), 2019: 57-65 (with A. Berg, Markey-Towler).
  19. Blockchain: An Entangled Political Economy ApproachJournal of Public Finance and Public Choice, 33(2), 2018: 105-125 (with Berg, Novak).
  20. Subjective Political Economy, New Perspectives on Political Economy, 13(1-2), 2017: 19-40 (with Berg).
  21. How the Innovation Commons Contributes to the Development and Discovery of New Technologies, International Journal of the Commons, 10(2), 2016: 1035-54 (with Potts).
  22. Cultures of Sharing in 3D printing: What Can We Learn from the Licence Choices of Thingiverse Users?, Journal of Peer Production, 6(1), 2014: 1-11 (with Moilanen, Daly, Lobato).
Book Chapters
  1. Property rights, knowledge commons and blockchain governance, in E. Dekker and P. Kuchar, Governing Markets as Knowledge Commons, Cambridge University Press, 2021 (with Berg, Davidson, Potts).
  2. Entrepreneurial Exit: Developing the Cryptoeconomy, in Swan, Potts, Takagi, Tasco, Witte (eds.), Blockchain Economics, World Scientific, 2019: 197-214.
  3. Red Tape Reduction: A New Approach, in Allen and Berg (eds.), Australia’s Red Tape Crisis: The Causes and Costs of Over-Regulation, Connor Court Publishing, 2019: 208-221.
  4. Regulation and Technological Change, in Allen and Berg (eds.), Australia’s Red Tape Crisis: The Causes and Costs of Over-Regulation, Connor Court Publishing, 2019: 222-233 (with Berg).
  5. Blockchains and the Boundaries of Self-organized Economies: Predictions for the Future of Banking, in Tasca, Aste, Pelizzon, Perony (eds.), Banking Beyond Banks and Money: A Guide to Banking Services in the Twenty-First Century. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016: 279-96 (with MacDonald and Potts).
Working Papers
  1. Large Language Models Reduce Agency Costs, 2023 (with Berg, Potts, Ilyushina)
  2. Buyback and Burn Mechanisms: Price Manipulation or Value Signaling, 2022 (with Berg and Davidson).
  3. Trust and Governance in Collective Blockchain Treasuries, Under Review, 2021 (with Berg and Lane).
  4. Adopting blockchain-based traceability in the fruit supply chain in a developing country: Facilitators and barriers’, Under Review, 2023 (with Yap, Nayak, Nhung, Bui, Pham).
  5. Blockchain-based Traceability in Vietnamese Agriculture: An Empirical Analysis of Adoption Perceptions, Under Review, 2023 (with Yap, Bui, Pham, Nhung, Nayak).
  6. An Economic Theory of Blockchain Foundations, Working Paper, 2021 (with Berg, Davidson, Potts, MacDonald).
  7. Quantum Crypto-economics: Blockchain Prediction Markets for the Evolution of Quantum Technology Working Paper, 2021 (with Rohde, Mohan, Davidson, Berg, Brennan, Potts).
  8. Blockchain Technology and the Theory of Economic Development, Working Paper, 2019 (with Berg, Potts).
Appearances Before Parliamentary Committees
Research and Policy Reports
  1. Exploring the Potential for Artificial Intelligence to Enhance Transport, Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre, Project 1.63, February 2020 (with Hargroves and Stantic).
  2. Blockchain and the New Economics of Healthcare (2019 with Berg C, Pochesneva A and Potts J), Report for Victorian Government Accelerator Program and Partnered with DB Results, Available at SSRN 3396218.
  3. Blockchain for Development (2018, with Berg C) RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub and APEC Study Centre Research Report. Presented in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
  4. Five Principles of Red Tape Reduction (2018, with Wild, D) IPA Occasional Paper.
  5. Decentralising the Protection of Australian Threatened Species (2017, with Begg, M and Wild, D) IPA Occasional Paper.
  6. Liquor Licensing Red Tape on Australian Businesses (2017, with Berg C and Fraser J) IPA Occasional Paper.
  7. The Case for Cutting Red Tape on Drones (2016) IPA Occasional Paper.
  8. On Regulation, Productivity and Growth: Reforms to Make Australia More Prosperous (2016, with Wild D and Hogan B) IPA Occasional Paper.
  9. Ten Red Tape Initiatives for the Next Australian Government (2016 with Novak M) IPA Occasional Paper.
  10. Freedom to Teach: A Research Report on the Work and Conditions of Teachers in Australia (2014, with Stanley V and Lane AM) IPA Occasional Paper.
  11. The Sharing Economy: How Over-Regulation Could Destroy an Economic Revolution (2014, with Berg C) IPA Occasional Paper.
Submissions to Inquiries
  1. Allen, DWE, Berg, C, Davidson, S, Lane, AM, MacDonald, T, Morton, E, and Potts, J (2021), ‘Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre’.
  2. Allen, DWE, Berg, C and Lane, AM (2020), ‘Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology’.
  3. Allen, DWE, Berg, C, Davidson, S, Lane, AM, Potts, J (2019), ‘Submission to the Australia and Singapore Digital Cooperation Initiative renegotiation of the Digital Economy Agreement of the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA)’, RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub Submission.
  4. Allen, DWE, Auer, B, Berg, C, Hurwitz, G, Lane, AM, Manne, GA, Morris, J, Potts, J (2019) ‘The Limits of the Digital Platforms Inquiry, Submission on the Final Report of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Digital Platforms Inquiry.
  5. Allen, DWE, Berg, A, Berg, C, Davidson, S, Lane, AM, Novak, M and Potts, J (2018) ‘Submission to Senate Standing Committee Inquiry into My Health Record System, RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub Submission.
  6. Allen, DWE, Berg, A, Berg, C, Davidson, S, Lane, AM, Novak, M and Potts, J (2018) ‘Submission into the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics Inquiry into Impediments to Business Investment’, RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub Submission.
  7. Allen, DWE and Wild, D (2017) ‘Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Environmental Assessments and Approvals’, IPA Submission.
  8. Allen, DWE, Berg, C, Novak, M and Wild, D (2016) ‘A Response to the Productivity Commission Draft Report of the Regulation of AgricultureIPA Submission.
  9. Allen, DWE and Berg, C (2016) ‘Submission to the Senate Inquiry into White Collar Crime Penalties’, IPA Submission.
  10. Allen, DWE, Berg, C and Breheny, S (2016) ‘Submission Relating to the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, IPA Submission.
  11. Allen, DWE and Potts, J ‘Innovation Strangled by Red Tape, Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Business Set-up, Transfer and Closure, IPA Submission.
Selected Popular Writing
Keynotes, Lectures, Panels, Podcasts


  • Blockchain Development Funds, guest on Tracer Drop series, 21 July 2021.
  • Crypto-politics: An Update, guest on Mint n Burn podcast, 13 July.
  • Property Rights, Knowledge Commons and Blockchain Governance to the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) Knowledge Commons Conference, virtual, 11 June 2021.
  • Trust and the Governance of Collective Treasuries in Blockchain Ecosystems to Regulation and Governance Workshop, virtual, 14 May 2021.
  • Blockchain, Supply Chains and the Future of Trade to ‘Contemporary issues in entrepreneurship’, Melbourne, 11 May 2021.
  • Guest on the American Institute for Economic Research Authors’ Corner podcast, ‘Unfreeze: How to Create a High Growth After the Pandemic’, February 2021.
  • Blockchains, Constitutions and Governance, guest on the Mint n Burn podcast, virtual, March 2021.


  • Blockchain and Special Jurisdictions, invited keynote to Laboratorio de Políticas para la Seguridad y el Desarrollo, Global Lecture Series together with Startup Societies Foundation, online 6 November 2020, via Mexico
  • Guest on the Building Tomorrow podcast, ‘The New Technologies of Freedom’, September 2020.
  • Cryptodemocracy: Blockchain as collective choice infrastructure, invited talk to MiniMAPS at RMIT University, online 18 July 2020.
  • Blockchain: Economics, Regulation and Policy, keynote to the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications, online 15 July 2020.
  • Unfreeze: How to Create a High Growth Economy After the Pandemic, seminar to Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University, online 28 May 2020.
  • Blockchains and Trade, guest lecture to ‘Contemporary issues in entrepreneurship’, online, 11 May 2020.
  • Cryoeconomics: How to Unfreeze an Economy after the Pandemic, talk to ‘Blockchain and the future of work, education, and networking during times of global pandemics’, online, 22 April 2020.
  • [Cancelled] The new technologies of freedom, Liberty Fest Perth, March 2019.


  • How to understand the blockchain economy, keynote to the William Buck Melbourne CFO Symposium, 14 November 2019, The Langham, Melbourne.
  • Blockchain and the education landscape, panel member at Blockchain2020 Industry Conference, Melbourne, 31 October 2019, Melbourne
  • Blockchain supply chains and the future of global trade, keynote to the 3rd Digital Supply Chain Innovation and Humanless Warehouse Forum, 29 October 2019, Melbourne.
  • Blockchains and the future of trade, presentation to the RMIT Business Research Showcase, Melbourne, 23 October 2019, Melbourne.
  • How to understand the blockchain economy, keynote to the William Buck Sydney CFO Symposium, Swissotel Sydney, 17 October 2019
  • An introduction to the economics of blockchain, keynote to the Economics Society of Australia Policy in the Pub, Melbourne, 16 October 2019
  • Blockchain and Trade, guest lectures to the RMIT MBA Program on Contemporary Issues in International Management, 16-17 September 2019
  • How can blockchain innovation impact on the new retail supply chain ecosystem?, moderator, APAC Blockchain Conference, Sydney, 24 July 2019
  • Blockchains and the future of trade, keynote presentation to The Future of Trade Conference, Queensland University of Technology Garden Point Campus, Brisbane, Queensland, 10 April 2019
  • Blockchains and the future of trade, presentation to AUSPack Industry Conference, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, 27 March 2019
  • Blockchains and institutional cryptoeconomics, presentation to the Management Development Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne, 13 February 2019
  • Blockchain supply chains and the future of trade, presentation to the Management Development Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne, 13 February 2019


  • Blockchain in a development context, presentation to the Development Research Centre of The State Council (Delegation from China), RMIT University, Melbourne, 23 October 2018
  • Institutional cryptoeconomics and supply chains, to Blockchain Pasifik Conference, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 11 October 2018
  • Blockchain for development, Brief to the Parliament of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 10 October 2018
  • Cryptodemocracy, Proof of Work Seminar, RMIT School of Economics Finance and Marketing (with Aaron Lane), Melbourne, 4 October 2018
  • Introduction to blockchain, Board of the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance (with Sinclair Davidson), Melbourne, 26 September 2018
  • The proto-entrepreneur and the innovation commons, RMIT Enterprise & Innovation Seminar, Melbourne, 21 September 2018
  • How blockchain impacts supply chain governance, Zhejiang Institute of Administration, RMIT Executive Education, Melbourne, 12 July 2018
  • Blockchain TradeTech, APEC Study Centres Consortium Conference, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 14 May 2018
  • FinTech Australia and Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance Panel on the Regulation of Cryptocurrencies, 1 May 2018, Melbourne
  • Blockchains, economics and the cryptoeconomy, Guest Lecture to RMIT class, 2018
  • Panel Member at Hall & Wilcox Law event on blockchain, Melbourne, 2018


  • Towards a classically liberal innovation policy, Australian Libertarian Society, Sydney, 2017
  • New Models of Business: the platform economy, RMIT Business Research Showcase Panel Member, 19 October, 2016.
  • Innovation, entrepreneurship and regulation, ANZSFL Annual Conference, Melbourne, 2015
  • Regulation and new technologies, ALS Annual Conference, Sydney, 2015
  • Cultures of sharing and Thingiverse, Inside 3D Printing Conference, Melbourne Convention Centre, 2014
  • 3D printing, disruption and the law, Swinburne Institute for Social Research Interdisciplinary Seminar, 2014
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