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.

Vital Signs Series

Modelling tells us the coronavirus app will need a big take-up, economics tells us how to get it

Apr 26, 2020 05:30 am UTC| Technology

With Australias test-confirmed daily COVID-19 infection rates continuing to fall to relatively low levels, there is considerable discussion about when and how the successful containment measures might be...

Australian and US rate cuts underline seriousness of the coronavirus crisis

Mar 06, 2020 03:44 am UTC| Investing Central Banks

This week the Reserve Bank of Australia did something everyone expected and the US Federal Reserve did something almost nobody expected. Both are revealing. At its monthly meeting Australias central bank cut official...

Vital Signs: a 3-point plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050

Mar 01, 2020 12:21 pm UTC| Insights & Views Nature

Every January Larry Fink, the head of the worlds largest funds manager, BlackRock, sends a letter to the chief executives of major public companies. This years letter focused on climate risk. Climate change has become a...

A connected world makes this coronavirus scarier, but also helps us deal with it

Feb 15, 2020 07:54 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology Health

The health implications of the Wuhan coronavirus (now called Covid-19) outbreak are, obviously, deeply concerning. At the time of writing, it had infected more than 50,000 people and killed more than 1,300. Cities and...

The Iowa caucuses still have a great claim to retain first-in-nation status

Feb 07, 2020 05:58 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The most notable thing about this years Iowa (Democratic) caucuses was the debacle where results could not be reported on the night and indeed for a good while after. Some combination of new reporting requirements, a...

Climate Change Series

Climate-linked financial crises loom, but the fix isn't up to central banks

Jan 24, 2020 05:35 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The Bank for International Settlements the central bank for central banks made headlines this week with a report outlining how the next major financial crisis may come from unexpected climate risks. The book calls...

Vital Signs Series

The end of the checkout signals a dire future for those without the right skills

Jan 18, 2020 04:45 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

There has already been a fair number of jobs lost to automation over recent decades from factory workers to bank tellers. In the coming decade we might see radically larger numbers of jobs lost to automation, thanks to...

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UK inks stopgap trade deal with Canada to get ready for Brexit

The UK signed a stopgap agreement with Canada, allowing trade between the two countries to continue under the same terms as Canadas existing treaty with the EU. The two countries are working on a new bilateral...

UN agency's heavy fuel oil ban in Arctic criticized as outrageous

The Clean Arctic Alliance criticized as outrageous the UN agency International Maritime Organizations (IMO) ban on the use and carriage of heavy oil fuel (HFO) by ships in Arctic waters as it would come into effect only in...

Vietnam only Southeast Asian country poised for economic growth this year: IMF

Vietnam is the only Southeast Asian country identified by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to be on track for economic growth this year, forecast at 2.4 percent. The IMF attributed the countrys decisive steps to...

S. Korea card spending up 6.3% during November shopping festival

Card spending in South Korea on Nov. 1 to 15 when the annual nationwide shopping festival FESTA was held amounted to 37.4 trillion won, rising 6.3 percent from a year earlier. The shopping festival drew a total of 1,784...

US to add 4 more in list of Chinese military-backed firms

The Trump administration is poised to designate four more Chinese companies as backed by its countrys military, curbing their access to US investors. The designations would increase the number in the list of Communist...


Melania Trump humiliated: FLOTUS told to just leave after giving updates on the White House's Christmas decors

Melania Trump was bashed and harsh comments were posted on social media. This comes after she revealed the Christmas tree that will be set up in the White House for the coming holidays this year. On Nov. 23, she tweeted...

Donald Trump: GSA approves Biden's transition process but POTUS declares his fight will continue

Donald Trump finally concedes and admits defeat but not fully because while he will allow the transition to Joe Bidens administration to begin, he still insists that they will prevail. The announcement was made on Monday...

Joe Biden reaffirms ties between US and New Zealand in phone call with NZ PM Jacinda Aldern

President-elect Joe Biden is already communicating with foreign leaders as part of reaffirming relations between the US and their respective countries. One of Bidens most recent calls is with New Zealand Prime Minister...

Barack Obama revelation: Memoir reveals Angela Merkel was initially skeptical of ex-POTUS

Former President Barack Obama recently published his memoir titled, A Promised Land, where he reveals a lot about his time in politics and even after leaving the White House in 2017. Recent excerpts from his memoir reveal...


NASA discovery: Experts say Hubble Space Telescope may have captured a black hole

Out of all the cosmic entities to exist in the universe, none has been as mysterious as the black hole, a phenomena that have yet to be witnessed. Experts at NASA recently claimed that the Hubble Space Telescope may have...

Climate change: New study shows changes in migration patterns of Arctic animals due to changing temperatures

Climate change has affected parts of the world such as Antarctica and Greenland the most, with animals that reside in these icy regions also suffering from its effects. A new study has revealed how migration patterns of...

NASA discovery: Hubble Space Telescope captures 'cinnamon bun' shaped galaxy 31 million light-years away

Galaxies tend to look very similar to one another but only vary in size. NASA and ESAs Hubble Space Telescope has captured one galaxy that has an unusual shape 31 million light-years away. The Hubble found an...

Mars mission: Elon Musk says first settlers on Red Planet will live in glass domes

One of the goals when it comes to the upcoming Mars missions is to colonize the neighboring planet. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently stated that those who would become the first settlers on the red planet would have to live...


‘Cyberpunk 2077’ gameplay leaks in a 20-minute online stream

Cyberpunk 2077 is a few weeks away from its fourth release date, but a short segment of its gameplay has apparently been leaked online. Meanwhile, CD Projekt Red announced the RPG will be released with a feature that will...

The Game Awards 2020: ‘The Last of Us Part 2’ and ‘Ghost of Tsushima’ compete for GOTY

As many fans expected, two of the biggest PlayStation-exclusive titles, The Last of Us Part 2 and Ghost of Tsushima, have joined the coveted list of nominees for the Game of the Year award for The Game Awards 2020. Video...

‘PUBG Mobile India’ 2020 launch is likely as APK download briefly went live

It appears that the hope for PUBG Mobile India to launch soon is close to becoming a reality. Its APK download reportedly went live for a brief moment recently hinting at the possibility that the game could go live for...

Samsung Galaxy S21’s reported S Pen support could make the Galaxy Note series obsolete

Samsungs popular phablet lineup might no longer be part of the companys plans in 2021. Speculations about the cancellation of the Galaxy Note line heighten following reports that at least one of the upcoming Galaxy S21...
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