The authors of Unfreeze spell out the policy settings necessary for the rapid adaptation and market re-coordination that is required to resuscitate the economy. They explain why a return to business as usual is simply not enough to get everyone working again. A period of high growth prosperity will be imperative to deal with the costs of the freeze.
This book tackles the tough questions and fills some of the current void of ideas and thinking about economic recovery. It develops a framework and principles for an institutional re-build, presenting a path to recovery based on the ideas of private governance, permissionless innovation, and entrepreneurial dynamism.
“Economies are not like video games that can be paused and then unpaused with no effect. Freezing an economy causes systematic problems, and unfreezing it requires systematic solutions. This book is a much needed well-researched study on what it will take to get the world up and running again." ~ Jason Brennan
About the Authors
Dr Darcy W.E. Allen is an academic economist working on the economics of new technologies at the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub. Allen has published academic articles and books across economics, law and public policy. His 2019 book was Cryptodemocracy: How Blockchain Can Radically Expand Democratic Choice (Lexington). Allen has appeared as an expert witness before Australian national and state parliamentary inquiries and his commentary and writing has appeared widely across the electronic and print media. He tweets at @DrDarcyAllen
Dr Chris Berg is a Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub. He is the author of nine books, including most recently Understanding the Blockchain Economy: An Introduction to Institutional Cryptoeconomics (Edward Elgar) and Cryptodemocracy: How Blockchain Can Radically Expand Democratic Choice (Lexington). He is an Adjunct Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs, and an Academic Fellow with the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance.
Professor Sinclair Davidson is Professor of Institutional Economics at the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub at RMIT University. His research focuses on public finance, institutional economics, econometrics, and public choice economics. He has published in academic journals such as the European Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Economic Affairs, and The Cato Journal. His opinion pieces have been published in The Age, The Australian, Australian Financial Review, The Conversation, Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald, and Wall Street Journal Asia.
Dr Aaron M. Lane is a Lecturer in Law in Graduate School of Business and Law at RMIT University and a Research Fellow at the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub. His research focuses on regulation, innovation, and the law and economics of blockchain technology. Lane is the Senior Vice-President of the Australian Law and Economics Association. Lane was admitted to practice as an Australian Lawyer in the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2012. His first book is Cryptodemocracy: How Blockchain Can Radically Expand Democratic Choice (Lexington).
Professor Jason Potts is a Professor of economics and co-director of the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub. His research focuses on the economics of innovation and new technology, evolutionary economics and the economics of institutions. Potts is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, Vice-President of the International Joseph A. Schumpeter Society, and editor of the Journal of Institutional Economics. His latest book is Innovation Commons: The Origin of Economic Growth (Oxford University Press). He tweets at @profjasonpotts