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Richard Holden

Professor of Economics and PLuS Alliance Fellow, UNSW

Richard Holden is Professor of Economics at the UNSW Australia Business School and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow from 2013-2017.

Prior to that he was on the faculty at the University of Chicago and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a PhD from Harvard University in 2006, where he was a Frank Knox Scholar.

His research focuses on contract theory, law and economics, and political economy. He has written on topics including: political districting, the boundary of the firm, incentives in organizations, mechanism design, and voting rules.

Professor Holden has published in top general interest journals such as the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

He is currently editor of the Journal of Law and Economics, and is the founding director of the Herbert Smith Freehills Inititative on Law & Economics at UNSW.

He has been a Visiting Professor of Economics at the MIT Department of Economics and Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

His research has been featured in press articles in such outlets as: The New York Times, The Financial Times, the New Republic, and the Daily Kos.

Stamp duty is an economic drag. Here's how to move to a better system

Jul 03, 2020 12:57 pm UTC| Economy

For all the things we dont know about COVID-19 one thing is certain: our economic recovery will depend on boosting productivity. Everyone from the Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe to Prime Minister Scott...

Vital Signs Series

Vital Signs: COVID-19 recession is different – and we need more stimulus to deal with it.

Jun 21, 2020 03:30 am UTC| Economy

Australia has done well on the public health front during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to decisive action by the National Cabinet in March. Australia has done better than most countries on the economic front, too, thanks...

Why 'the marketplace for ideas' can fail – from an economist's perspective

Jun 13, 2020 11:02 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

There is no shortage of repugnant and dangerous ideas in the world. An age old question is whether free speech will see good ideas win out over bad. The proposition that good ideas eventually triumph in the marketplace...

Vital signs. Remembering Alberto Alesina, the father of political economy

Jun 06, 2020 04:41 am UTC| Economy

Harvard Universitys Alberto Alesina died suddenly of a heart attack on May 23. He was 63. His long-time colleague and friend Larry Summers wrote that before him, there was no academic field of political economy....

The costs of the shutdown are overestimated -- they're outweighed by its $1 trillion benefit

May 20, 2020 15:51 pm UTC| Economy

As Australia begins to relax its COVID-19 restrictions there is understandable debate about how quickly that should proceed, and whether lockdowns even made sense in Australia in the first place. The sceptics arguing...

Vital Signs. The evidence that lockdowns work may not be gold standard, but it's good

May 04, 2020 13:31 pm UTC| Economy

As Australia begins gradually to relax some of its containment measures (so-called nonpharmaceutical interventions or NPIs) we are confronted with a number of questions when will children be back at school full...

It's just started: we'll need war bonds, and stimulus on a scale not seen in our lifetimes

Apr 30, 2020 08:46 am UTC| Insights & Views

Governments are being asked to do the near impossible: to deliver on both health and the economy. In many circumstances doing both at the same time would be completely impossible. But fortunately in Australia we have...

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Economy

Emirates issues over $517 million in refunds, more reimbursements expected

Dubai-based carrier Emirates has processed nearly 650,000 refunds amounting to over $517 million over the past two months while operating a decreased number of flights on a limited network. According to Chief Commercial...

India invites private firms to run and modernize railways

India is now inviting bids for private firms to invest $39.8 million in running trains along 109 routes to introduce modern technology and boost its virus-hit economy. The private players will have to pay a percentage...

Japan to shut down aging coal-fired power plants to reduce emissions

Japan will close about 100 of its aging coal-fired and inefficient power plants by fiscal 2030 to reduce carbon emissions and shift toward renewable energy. Industry minister Hiroshi Kajiyama is expected to announce the...

S. Korea to back up 1,000 hydrogen businesses over 20 years

South Korea will support 1,000 businesses in the hydrogen industry over the next 20 years to develop a hydrogen-based ecosystem and economy. Consequently, the country will help create at least 500 companies in...

FxWirePro: Can USMCA & PMIs Bring In Optimism For Mexican Peso? Uphold USD/MXN Call Spreads

The recent publication of the PMIs in a number of countries illustrated a significant improvement of sentiment. It seems questionable though whether sentiment in Mexico has improved to the same extent (publication of the...

Politics

Donald Trump revelation: Appeals judge partially lifts restraining order blocking publication of niece Mary Trump's book

As Democrats continue to encourage others to register to vote and pushing for mail-in voting in the midst of the pandemic, former vice president Joe Biden hopes to protect the rights of Americans to vote. The Biden...

Donald Trump revelation: Appeals judge partially lifts restraining order blocking publication of niece Mary Trump's book

President Donald Trumps niece Mary Trump is set to publish her tell-all book that sheds more light on the Trump family. Following the temporary restraining order placed on both Mary Trump and publisher Simon Schuster, an...

Former European Council President Donald Tusk shows support for Joe Biden's presidential bid

As the November elections draw closer by the day, more public figures, political or not, are beginning to voice their support for one candidate or another. Among those figures is former European Council Member Donald Tusk,...

Michelle Obama impressed: Ex-FLOTUS praises Princeton for removing Woodrow Wilson's name from public affairs department

The recent events, mainly the protests against systemized racism have sparked institutions, whether national or private, to remove figures and cultural symbols that are deemed as racist. Following ivy league institution...

Science

Archaeologists find skeletal remains of inmates in former NKVD prison

Much like the horrific Holocaust, there was also the regime of Russian dictator Joseph Stalin that led to the imprisonment and killing of thousands of people, with millions more dying under his reign. A recent discovery...

Aliens: Scientists develop calculator to count alien civilizations

The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe has been asked millions of times as far as one can remember. This question was front and center following the space missions that occurred in the 20th century,...

Archaeologists analyze screaming mummy to investigate supposed link to Ramses III's death

Ever since archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of famed Egyptian Pharaoh King Tutankhamun in 1922, there have been unusual deaths that have been linked to it. Scientists since then have tried to test the theory...

Author says 2,400-year old coin artifact may be proof that Atlantis is real

Atlantis is one of the most popular myths in history, with many wondering whether the city is actually real, based on the stories that have been told over time. An author and researcher may have unraveled the mystery...

Technology

iPhone 12 could be delayed by four weeks to a couple of months but until 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably rocked the tech world, and Apple was not exempted. A new report offers a more vivid look into the possible delays the company might suffer in terms of releasing the anticipated iPhone...

iOS 14: 4 best security and privacy improvements launching later this year

After countless reports of mobile apps and other entities covertly collecting peoples data through the devices they use, iPhone users should pay attention to the security and privacy features launching on iOS 14. Luckily,...

iPhone SE 2021 will keep the A13 Bionic and that’s fine

Reports have it that the new iPhone SE was planned to arrive in two models this year. However, Apple revived its mid-range smartphone lineup with just one variant last April. Later, there have been claims that the tech...

AirPods to receive Spatial Audio and other upgrades with iOS 14’s launch in fall

Fans of Apples truly wireless earbuds will have several things to look forward to in iOS 14. The next mobile operating system update is confirmed to deliver several upgrades and new functions on the device, some even...
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