Our Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) was established in 2012 to better understand the role intellectual property (IP) plays in our economy. 

Within the OCE we aim to understand the economic impact of IP laws and the effect of IP policies on innovation, competition, and economic performance. We are active participants in public policy debates related to IP and provide decision-makers with evidence-based advice to maximise the economic benefits of the Australian IP system.

Our main functions are to:

  • conduct research investigating economic issues related to IP
  • provide economic advice to assist IP Australia and other government agencies make informed evidence-based policy decisions.

IP Australia’s Chief Economist is Benjamin Mitra-Kahn.

Products and services 

The Australian IP Report

The Australian IP Report is our annual flagship publication, providing a comprehensive overview of IP activity in Australia.

Read the current IP Report, or view previous editions

Economic research papers

Through our research, we seek to advance the knowledge and evidence base upon which IP policy is built. The aim of our research program is to evaluate the economic impact of various components of the IP system, to inform evidence-based policy decisions within IP Australia and other government agencies.Researchers interested in our work or potential collaborations should email us at chiefeconomist@ipaustralia.gov.au.