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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.

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...

Shorter meetings but longer days: how COVID-19 has changed the way we work

Aug 09, 2020 22:42 pm UTC| Life

One of the many things COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on is the way many of us work. Those fortunate enough to be able to work from home have been able to adapt to this new reality and it certainly has been...

The COVID-19 crisis in aged care shows elimination is the only effective strategy

Aug 01, 2020 14:48 pm UTC| Economy

As Victoria struggles to get its hotel-quarantine-debacle-driven COVID-19 outbreak under control, there has been renewed focus on the plight of those in aged-care facilities. The facts are these. Between March 26 and...

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Economy

Doosan clinches 780 billion won Saudi desalination plant project

Doosan Heavy Industries Construction Co. (DHICC) has clinched a 780 billion-won deal to build the Yanbu-4 seawater desalination plant in Saudi Arabia. The deal was inked by DHICC with a consortium of French energy...

S. Korea appeals WTO's ruling on its 15.39% anti-dumping tariffs on Japanese steel

South Korea appealed the World Trade Organizations (WTO) ruling that it partially violated rules in slapping anti-dumping 15.39 percent tariffs on Japanese stainless steel bars since July 2004 The appeal was made nearly...

BlackBerry unaware why stock price surged 17.7%

BlackBerry Ltd. said it was unaware of any material, undisclosed corporate developments that caused a 17.7 percent surge in its share price at $16.53 on Monday, even after it settled a patent royalties dispute with...

Hyundai Mipo wins 80.2 billion won chemicals carrier deal from Europe

Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. has won an 80.2 billion won order to build two petrochemical carriers for a European company to be delivered by March next year. The mid-sized shipyard is one of three shipbuilders, including...

EU consumes more electricity from renewable sources than fossil fuel for first time in 2020

Europeans got 38 percent of their electricity from renewable sources last year, surpassing fossil fuels, which accounted for 37 percent, for the first time. According to an annual report from Ember and Agora...

Politics

Melania Trump divorce: Piers Morgan says ex-FLOTUS will not rush into divorcing husband Donald Trump

As of late, more speculations have circulated on whether former first lady Melania Trump will stay or leave former President Donald Trump now that they have left the White House. Controversial TV personality Piers Morgan...

Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani sued for defamation by Dominion

Donald Trumps attempts to overturn the election results have ultimately resulted in his impeachment in the last stretch of his term as president. The after-effects of the attempts have also affected his close allies,...

Donald Trump humiliation: Ex-POTUS' niece Mary Trump says she wants to change her last name to distance herself

Among the most vocal critics of now-former President Donald Trump is his own niece Mary Trump. Ms. Trump recently said she wants to change her last name in order to further break from her uncle. Speaking to The...

Joe Biden brings in longtime physician as the new White House doctor

Joe Biden has already made personnel changes among the White House staff in his administration, and recently he has made another one. Biden is set to bring in his longtime physician to become the new White House...

Science

What to feed ducks – according to science

The simple things in life sometimes bring the greatest joy like feeding the ducks at your local pond. The next time you pay your feathered friends a visit, consider introducing some variety into the food you give them....

Yellowstone volcano: USGS warns of possible eruption

Many scientists are keeping watch over the activity occurring in the Yellowstone volcano because of its potential to inflict large-scale damage in the United States. Now, scientists at the USGS have now warned of a...

Mars mission: NASA scientist says Martians can help humans live on Red Planet

Being able to live on Mars is one of the goals that space agencies all over the world have when it comes to exploring the red planet in future Mars missions. Although it may take a while to figure out how we may be able to...

Black holes: Albert Einstein's theory may save Earth from wandering black holes

Black holes are one of the most mysterious objects in the universe and were first brought up by renowned scientist Albert Einstein. With the possibility of wandering black holes being able to consume our own planet, the...

Asteroid alert: 16-meter space rock to pass by Earth on New Year weekend

With days to go until the Earth completes another year around the Sun, it appears that the universe also has plans to celebrate the new year along with us. An asteroid is set to pass by our planet a few days after the new...

Technology

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ patch 1.1 doesn’t completely fix the bugged Takemura quest

CD Projekt Red delivered its promise to release patch 1.1 for Cyberpunk 2077 this month. While its patch notes are filled with much-needed gameplay fixes, players found that it also comes with a new bug that affects a main...

More Samsung Galaxy S21 shipments anticipated in 2021, research predicts

A market research predicts the Samsung Galaxy S21 would perform better than the Galaxy S20 lineup last year. However, another report claims that the company has laid out quite a conservative estimation of units to be...

Apple launches new Fitness+ feature 'Time to Walk' with inspirational stories told by celebrities

Apple has launched a new Fitness+ feature to inspire its subscribers to go out for a walk. Instead of listening to lengthy audiobooks, the new Time to Walk feature focuses on inspirational stories told by...

Sony Xperia Compact rumored to return in 2021 with new 5.5-inch smartphone

Sony has been rumored to bring back its small-size smartphone series in recent years, and that appears to become a reality soon. A new leak appeared in the wild, possibly giving tech fans their first look at the next...
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