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Richard Holden

Richard Holden

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.

The RBA wants to cut unemployment, and nothing — not even soaring home prices — will stand in its way

May 09, 2021 09:21 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

Ahead of the definitive official read of the economy from the treasury in the budget on Tuesday, the Reserve Bank has given us two special insights into its own thinking in the space of 14 hours. They suggest that...

US under Trump Series

How to time a bombshell like Trump's tax returns

Oct 05, 2020 13:24 pm UTC| Politics Economy

Its unlikely The New York Times publication of Donald Trumps tax records just before the first presidential candidates debate was a coincidence. This looks like a classic example of what political scientists and...

Vital Signs: talk of a US wealth tax is about symbolism as much as it is about economics

Oct 26, 2019 08:15 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy Politics

The race for the Democratic Partys presidential nomination is hotting up, and so is academic debate about one of the leading contenders signature proposal a wealth tax. The US Democratic primary is becoming a race of...

Is the economy getting stronger? The RBA says 'time will tell'

Aug 13, 2018 14:07 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy Central Banks

Vital Signs is a regular economic wrap from UNSW economics professor Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualise weekly economic events and cut through the noise of the data affecting global...

How inflation in China and the US could affect Australia

May 11, 2018 07:04 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

This week: How the economies of China and the United States will affect what happens in our own. Business conditions in Australia have been strong enough to see a surge in company tax revenue that led Treasurer...

Vital Signs Series

Interest only loans are an economic debacle that could bust the property market

Apr 27, 2018 07:40 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy Real Estate

This week: This risks of interest only loans that the RBA is ignoring and more revenue for the government ahead of the budget. Australian taxpayers wont face a rise in taxes now that Treasurer Scott Morrison...

Vital Signs Series

The calm before the storm in US-China trade

Apr 20, 2018 05:38 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

This week: the US administration continues its anti-trade rhetoric, China grows a little faster than expected, Australian employment figures underwhelm, and the RBA seems unperturbed by household borrowing...

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Economy

Elon Musk confirms deal to acquire Twitter on hold

Elon Musk revealed that his acquisition of Twitter is temporarily suspended for now, and this announcement came a few weeks after the Twitter board agreed to sell the company. The Tesla and SpaceX owner placed a bid of $44...

Korea’s Lotte acquires Bristol-Myers Squibb New York plant

Lotte Corporation, a South Korean multinational company that is also the fifth-largest chaebol in the country, is buying a Bristol-Myers Squibb bio facility in Syracuse, New York. Based on the reports, the sale deal is...

Starbucks’ pro-union baristas asked to be reinstated for alleged wrongful dismissal

Starbucks is being asked to give back the jobs of its seven pro-union baristas who were said to have been wrongfully fired. Union organizers have filed a petition in a federal court to order the coffee chain to reinstate...

Instacart aims for IPO, secretly files for listing despite weak market

Instacart retail company has filed for an initial public offering or IPO. It has submitted documents for listing, and this was reportedly done in a discrete manner. The company may have decided to file for an IPO after...

Burger King Japan replaces french fries with dried ramen due to potato shortage

Burger King Japan has experienced a potato shortage several times already, and there are instances when this even happened just weeks apart. Now the shortage problem is back, and the company started looking for a way to...

Politics

Melania Trump was 'offended' that Anna Wintour did not contact her before visiting Donald Trump in 2016, new book says

Former US first lady Melania Trump was reportedly not happy with renowned Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour back in 2016, according to a new book. The book claimed that Wintour did not inform Mrs. Trump of her visit to...

Russia-Ukraine conflict: G7 says war is stoking food, energy crisis

Countries all over the world are experiencing the repercussions of Russias unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The G7 member countries have warned that the ongoing war is causing a food and energy crisis that will...

Joe Biden condemns "abhorrent" Buffalo mass shooting

US President Joe Biden condemned the racially motivated mass shooting that occurred in Buffalo, New York. Biden issued a statement describing the act as abhorrent to the very fabric of this nation. The US leader issued...

US VP Kamala Harris to lead US delegation to UAE this week

This week, US Vice President Kamala Harris will be traveling to the United Arab Emirates. Harris will be leading a US delegation to personally pay respects to the nations late president. Harris and the US delegation...

Science

Hyundai Mobis’ monitoring system reduces drowsy driving risks by 30%

Hyundai Mobis Co. has come up with an in-house brainwave-based driver monitoring system that can reduce the risk of drowsy driving by up to one-third. The system, dubbed M.Brain, is a wearable earpiece that continuously...

California start-up Bionaut Labs to send tiny robots on voyage into brains

California start-up Bionaut Labs will conduct its first clinical trials on sending miniature robots deep inside the human skull to treat brain disorders The tiny injectable robots can be guided through the brain using...

Kirin, Meiji University develop electric chopsticks that make low-salt food taste salty

Food producer Kirin and Meiji University have developed a pair of chopsticks that stimulate the taste of salt in foods with low salt content through extensive research. This technology, which has yet to be named,...

Japanese researchers develop plastic with self-repairing powers

Japanese researchers have found a way to create self-repairing plastics that can be used in many products and reduce the amount of waste now polluting the planet. It might have practical applications for home...

Osaka University team proves safety of iPS-based cornea transplant

An Osaka University research team has concluded that the worlds first clinical trial, transplanting corneal tissues derived from induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, was safe and effective. According to the...

Technology

Analyst predicts next-gen Nintendo Switch could launch in 2024

Nintendo has yet to reveal concrete plans for the next generation of its gaming system. However, a market research firm predicts that the company could unveil the follow-up to the Nintendo Switch in two years. While the...

‘Dead Space’ remake to launch in January 2023

Motive Studios conducted the latest livestream event for the Dead Space remake to provide more details on the changes to expect from the upcoming game. But the developers also surprised fans this week after suddenly...

Bethesda delays ‘Starfield’ and ‘Redfall’ to 2023

Bethesdas Starfield and Arkanes Redfall are arguably one of the most anticipated video games this year. However, the publisher announced on Thursday that both games would no longer launch in 2022, just a few weeks before...

Pixel 6a will use a different in-display fingerprint sensor from the Pixel 6 series

The in-display fingerprint sensor on the standard Pixel 6 and high-end Pixel 6 Pro caused quite a stir a few weeks after they were released. Some users have complained about its performance and accuracy, while others have...
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