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Richard Holden

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.

Swaps, options and other derivatives aren't just for the financial elite

Apr 04, 2021 09:36 am UTC| Economy Investing

One of the biggest trends in economics over the past 40 years has been so-called financialisation whereby an increasing proportion of GDP in advanced economies comes from the financial sector. This has involved the...

What if Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan is too big?

Feb 12, 2021 07:55 am UTC| Politics Economy

Its not often centre-left economists disagree with each other let alone get into a stoush. But its what happened over the last week. On February 5 former US Treasury Secretary and National Economic Council Chair Larry...

Biden's economic centrism isn't exciting, but right for these divisive times

Jan 22, 2021 07:33 am UTC| Economy

In an age of hyperpartisan politics, the Biden presidency offers a welcome centrism that might help bridge the divides. But it is also Bidens economic centrism that offers a chance to cut through what has become an...

Sure, the US election is gerrymandered, but so are others, and its hard to stop

Nov 08, 2020 11:07 am UTC| Insights & Views

At the time of writing we dont yet know who will win the US presidential election. But we do know this for sure: Donald Trump will be able to win with less than half the votes cast. Put another way, Joe Biden will be...

We'll never cut unemployment to 0%, but less than 4% should be our goal

Oct 30, 2020 07:51 am UTC| Economy

One of the most concerning things that happens in any recession is the spike in unemployment. The COVID-19-induced recession in Australia and around the world is no exception other than perhaps the magnitudes...

50 years ago Milton Friedman told us greed was good. He was half right

Sep 20, 2020 05:57 am UTC| Economy

The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed for lack of a better word is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its...

This university funding crisis was always coming – COVID-19 just accelerated it

Aug 14, 2020 15:18 pm UTC| Insights & Views

In the early 1930s a 21-year-old undergraduate at the London School of Economics asked a great question during his summer research project: if my economics professors are right that markets are an efficient way to allocate...

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Economy

Shopify to lose three top executives all at once

Shopify will lose three of its high-ranking executives after they have expressed their intention to leave the company. Based on the report, the chief talent officer, chief technology officer and chief legal officer job...

Tencent Music appoints new chief and chairman amid the executives' shuffle

Tencent Music revealed this week that it has appointed its new chief executive officer and chairman. The announcement shows a major leadership shake-up in the company but it was a welcomed change. The executive shuffle...

POSCO to build the very first lithium factory in S. Korea

POSCO, the South Korean steel-making company, is building the countrys very first lithium factory. The Pohang-headquartered firm is the fifth largest steelmaker in the world based on the output. It was reported that...

Naver, Kakao compete in a bid to acquire Munpia

Naver and Kakao are battling to acquire the web novel platform, Munpia. The two major South Korean tech firms are interested in gaining control of S2L Partners that manages Munpia. The aim is to buy at least 64.42%...

Politics

Ivanka Trump receives backlash from supporters for getting COVID-19 vaccine

Donald Trumps daughter and former White House adviser Ivanka Trump has largely been silent on social media since January when the Trump administration exited the White House. In a break to her social media silence, Ms....

Donald Trump 2024: Liz Cheney says she will not support ex-POTUS in a reelection bid

Former President Donald Trump is being touted by his base of supporters in the Republican Party as the partys nomination for the 2024 elections. However, some Republicans, including Liz Cheney, have expressed no desire to...

Joe Biden announces withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan

Almost 20 years and three presidents later, Joe Biden has carried out another campaign promise initially made by his predecessor Donald Trump. Biden formally announced the withdrawal of US troops stationed in Afghanistan...

Nancy Pelosi blasts Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in upcoming book

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had some harsh words for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in an upcoming book. Pelosi blasted McConnell, citing one instance involving the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader...

Science

Feeding cows a few ounces of seaweed daily could sharply reduce their contribution to climate change

Methane is a short-lived but powerful greenhouse gas and the second-largest contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide. And the majority of human-induced methane emissions comes from livestock. About 70% of...

Researchers have grown 'human embryos' from skin cells. What does that mean, and is it ethical?

Researchers have successfully grown model versions of early human embryos by reprogramming cells from human skin. The breakthrough potentially opens up new ways to study the earliest phases of human development, learn more...

Artemis: how ever changing US space policy may push back the next Moon landing

Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan blasted off from the Taurus-Littrow valley on the Moon in their lunar module Challenger on December 14 1972. Five days later, they splashed down safely in the Pacific, closing the Apollo...

As the Perseverance rover lands on Mars, there's a lot we already know about Mars from meteorites found on Earth

NASAs Perseverance rover successfully touched down on Mars this morning, and has already begun beaming back images. But people might be surprised to learn there have been another 48 missions to the red planet so far. Of...

Transparent wood is coming, and it could make an energy-efficient alternative to glass

Wood is an ancient material humans have been using for millions of years, for the construction of housing, ships and as a source of fuel for burning. Its also a renewable source, and one way to capture excess carbon...

Technology

‘F1 2021’ launches in July with a new story mode and updated career mode

The official video game sim of the prestigious Formula 1 race is getting a new iteration this year, officially titled F1 2021, and will launch in July. Aside from the ceremonial gameplay upgrades and addition of new...

‘Genshin Impact’ patch 1.5 online reveal is set on April 16

After weeks of relying on leaks, fans will finally get the details of the much-awaited Genshin Impact patch 1.5. Details about the updates official reveal have been announced and fans will be able to watch online streams...

‘The Last of Us’ remake is reportedly in development for PS5

The Last of Us is arguably one of the most popular franchises exclusive to the PlayStation systems, and its first game is reportedly undergoing a touch-up to maximize PS5s hardware. However, fans have yet to hear about...

Apple seeds iOS 14.5 beta 8 for public testers

iOS 14.5 is expected to be the biggest update since iOS 14 launched last fall. It finally became available to public testers as Apple seeded its eighth beta version this week. iOS 14.5 beta 8 now available to public...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ dev promises more bug fixes to continue selling the game for ‘years to come’

CD Projekt Red has already delivered the promised major patches for Cyberpunk 2077, but many still feel that the RPG has more room to improve. On the bright side, the studio has expressed its commitment to continuously...
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