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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.

Vital Signs Series

3 economic facts point to a big-spending federal budget

Apr 30, 2021 07:08 am UTC| Economy

Its difficult to make predictions, the saying goes, especially about the future. The many predictions federal budgets make about the economy over the coming four years must therefore be taken with a large grain of...

Vital Signs Series

The pros and cons of diversity in organisations

Apr 23, 2021 11:44 am UTC| Insights & Views Business

Breaking down the old boys club in business, government and other organisations is intrinsically important. Ensuring greater diversity in organisations on gender, racial, ethnic and other lines is, simply put, the right...

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...

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Economy

Discord is evolving beyond messaging and games

Discord was only launched in 2015, and today, it has millions of users already. The instant messaging and digital distribution platform quickly became popular as video gamers and other big communities find it the best...

Why states didn't go broke from the pandemic

During the summer of 2020, there were many news reports about the impending state fiscal crisis due to the pandemic. A July 7 article on CNBC with the headline Cuts to basic services loom as coronavirus ravages local...

Beam Suntory releases bourbon-based ready-to-drink Jim Beam in US

Beam Suntory added two new ready-to-drink cocktails featuring a bourbon base in its Jim Beam offering in the US. The Jim Beam Ginger Highball combines bourbon with ginger ale while its Jim Beam Classic Highball pairs...

Subway's new sandwiches pose risk to employees, claims franchisees

The North American Association of Subway Franchisees (NAASF) has told members that they cannot endorse Subways promotion as they can pose a burn risk to employees, and they can supposedly damage franchisees toasters....

Politics

World War 3 threat: Experts warn US and China may engage in military conflict in Africa

Over the years, relations between China and the US have been rocky, especially over certain issues. However, fears of possible world war have been stoked as experts have warned that Africa may be the continent that gets...

Joe Biden to give commencement address at Coast Guard Academy graduation

Joe Biden will be making a commencement address at the upcoming Coast Guard Academy graduation ceremony. Bidens upcoming address would be his second time giving a speech at the academys ceremony. The Coast Guard Academy...

Donald Trump social media ban: Facebook oversight board to announce decision on ex-POTUS' suspension

Former President Donald Trump has been away from social media for several months following the January 6 insurrection. Facebook is already turning to its oversight board to make a decision regarding the former presidents...

Joe Biden COVID-19 vaccine: House Democrats want POTUS to waive vaccine patents

With over 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines already administered, many are now urging US President Joe Biden to provide help to other countries. House Democrats are now urging Biden to waive the vaccine patents...

Science

Space tourism – 20 years in the making – is finally ready for launch

For most people, getting to the stars is nothing more than a dream. On April 28, 2001, Dennis Tito achieved that lifelong goal but he wasnt a typical astronaut. Tito, a wealthy businessman, paid US$20 million for a seat...

First human-monkey embryos created – a small step towards a huge ethical problem

Scientists have created the worlds first monkey embryos containing human cells in an attempt to investigate how the two types of cell develop alongside each other. The embryos, which were derived from a macaque and then...

Lab–grown embryos and human–monkey hybrids: Medical marvels or ethical missteps?

In Aldous Huxleys 1932 novel Brave New World, people arent born from a mothers womb. Instead, embryos are grown in artificial wombs until they are brought into the world, a process called ectogenesis. In the novel,...

Antimatter: scientists find way to trap elusive material by blasting it with lasers

Antimatter is believed to play a huge part in the story of our universe. Its the counterpart to matter: identical in every way with protons, neutrons and electrons but with an opposite electric charge. According to our...

Shifting toward 'open peer review'

Twenty years ago, it was difficult to find information about local restaurants, except from the restaurants themselves. Now, thanks to the Internet, independent evaluations are easy to find. Its past time we make that the...

Technology

Only 13% of iOS 14.5 users worldwide allowed apps to track them

An analytics firm reported that a very small number of Apple mobile device users have agreed to allow apps to track them. The information comes two weeks after the widely anticipated and debated iOS 14.5 feature App...

Samsung Electronics to share 505 patented technologies to S. Korean SMEs

Samsung Electronics will share its 505 patented technologies with local small and medium enterprises via a government technology transfer program to overcome the market challenges triggered by the pandemic. The list of...

PS5 with ‘semi-custom’ 6nm AMD chip reportedly launching in 2022

Sony has been one of the companies affected by the semiconductor shortage worldwide resulting in the continuous difficulty to find available PS5 consoles in stores. However, Sony is reportedly considering remedying the...

Google Account users to be automatically enrolled in two-factor authentication ‘soon'

Google celebrated World Password Day by reminding its users how vulnerable these sets of characters can be. On that note, the tech giant announced its plan to have Google Account users be automatically enrolled to...
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