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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.

Vital Signs Series

Untaxing childcare is a bold idea that seems unfair, but might benefit us all

Nov 24, 2019 14:17 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Australias system of childcare support is pretty good. It ensures high-quality care is provided to a large number of children, it is targeted through income-based subsidies, and it is attentive to the needs of...

Vital signs. Our compulsory super system is broken. We ought to axe it, or completely reform it

Oct 20, 2019 10:16 am UTC| Insights & Views

The just-announced inquiry into Australias retirement income system ought to be anything but run-of-the-mill. Taking place 25 years after the introduction of compulsory superannuation, it provides an opportunity to...

Yes, house prices will rise with lower interest rates, but that's not the only effect

Oct 04, 2019 14:37 pm UTC| Insights & Views Central Banks Real Estate

With the Reserve Bank of Australia cutting official rates to 0.75% on Tuesday, has been a wave of commentary about the move doing little to help the economy apart from boosting housing prices. There are two parts to...

Vital Signs: Why can't Australia be friends with both US and China?

Sep 28, 2019 13:08 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Australias prime minister, Scott Morrison, had to walk a series of fine lines in his official visit to the United States this week. He had to appear supportive of US president Donald Trump without looking like a...

Vital Signs: NBN's new price plans are too little, too late

Sep 22, 2019 13:51 pm UTC| Insights & Views

This week NBN Co announced pricing changes for the National Broadband Network. It includes a new plan boasting a download speed of 1 gigabit per second and an upload speed of 50 megabits per second for $80 a...

All this overinflated talk about an index-fund bubble is very passive-aggressive

Sep 13, 2019 10:54 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

If youve seen the movie The Big Short you will remember Christian Bales quirky character Michael Burry the manager of the Scion Capital hedge fund who realises the US mortgage-backed security market is a massive bubble....

Sure, economic growth is low, but think about what's gone right

Sep 06, 2019 07:44 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Official figures released Wednesday show the Australian economy growing at the slowest pace since the financial crisis. GDP growth was only 0.5% for the June quarter, meaning that in the past year output grew by a...

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Economy

Mastercard to enable partners to offer crypto products, services

Payments giant Mastercard has partnered with cryptocurrency exchange platform Bakkt to allow US merchants, banks, and fintechs to offer crypto solutions and services. Sherri Haymond, Mastercards executive vice president...

Coca-Cola launches bottles without a label in South Korea

The Coca-Cola Company unveiled its newest plastic bottles, and it is very noticeable that they have no label on them. These are said to be the first label-less Coke bottles in South Korea, and this was done for recycling...

LG vice chairman Kwon Young Soo assigned as new LG Energy CEO

Kwon Young Soo, vice chairman at LG Corp., has been given a new assignment in the company. He will be moving to LG Energy Solution as its new chief executive officer. LGES is one of LG Groups affiliates, so his transfer...

Pro-environment consumers, suppliers patronize 'ugly' fruits and vegetables

Pro-environment consumers and suppliers are patronizing ugly agricultural products that do not fit market standards to counter the practice of discarding them. Unsightly produce is now attracting a growing market as...

Columbia experiences cryptocurrency ATM boom

Colombia is currently experiencing a cryptocurrency ATM boom, keeping it in second place among Latam countries with the second-highest number of these ATMs at 50. Not so long ago, Columbia was in first place until El...

Politics

Capitol insurrection: Mark Meadows was reportedly a 'regular figure' in Jan. 6 rally planning

More details regarding the involvement of some individuals in Donald Trumps inner circle surrounding the Capitol insurrection have come to light. A new piece in Rolling Stone revealed that Trumps chief of staff Mark...

Nancy Pelosi says 'billionaire's tax' will fund Joe Biden's social infrastructure plan

A point of contention among Democrats in the social spending bill is the price tag as well as how the legislation would be funded. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that the party-led legislation would be paid for by...

Afghanistan faces food crisis, according to UN World Food Programme

Weeks since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, the ramifications of the takeover left the country facing one crisis after another. According to the United Nations World Food Programme, Afghans are in the midst of a...

Jared Kushner reportedly in talks to receive $2 billion investment from Saudi Arabia for private equity firm

Former White House adviser and Donald Trumps son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has touted his visits to the Middle East over the years of Trumps presidency as part of his achievements. A recent report has revealed that Kushner is...

Science

S. Korean researchers develop Mediterranean diet that helps prevent cardiovascular disease

South Korean researchers have developed a Korean-style Mediterranean diet that helps prevent cardiovascular disease by reducing the proportion of carbohydrates while increasing the ratio of fat and protein. The diet...

LG Chem develops substance for creating cheaper, lighter plastic solar panel frames

LG Chem combined polycarbonate and acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA) to develop LUPOY EU5201 to be used in plastic frames for solar panels. Consequently, LG has become the first in South Korea to develop plastic...

Owls used in helping California vineyards get rid of rodents

A Humboldt State University team is attempting to prove that owls can be an effective eco-friendly option at protecting grapes from rodent attacks. Graduate students at the universitys Department of Wildlife under...

S. Korean researchers develop process that uses agri-waste to produce biofuels, plastics

The Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) had developed an enzymatic process that uses agricultural waste to produce the 4-hydroxy valeric acid--an ingredient for biofuels and plastics. The KIERs enzymatic process...

France probes Nestlé, 100 other firms over bisphenol-A use

The French government is investigating 101 companies, including Nestlé, for not disclosing their use of bisphenol-A in food packaging. In its statement of objections, Frances competition authority accused the 101...

Technology

‘Horizon Forbidden West’ developers reveal new abilities and weapons

Horizon Forbidden West will not launch for a few more months, but Guerilla Games has announced some of the new skills and weapons Aloy will use in the sequel. The developer also explained how the difficulty in dealing with...

‘Call of Duty: Vanguard’ will mimic real weapons’ trigger weight with PS5 DualSense controller

Call of Duty: Vanguard is coming very soon, and Sledgehammer Games still has several gameplay details to reveal before the launch. The developer detailed in a blog post published on Monday how they were able to deliver an...

Samsung mysteriously brings back the rumored Galaxy S21 FE support page

Samsung may have given its fans a discreet nod that the Galaxy S21 FE is still in the pipeline. The company had silently brought back the support page rumored to be intended for the mid-range phone less than a month before...

Huawei Mate 50 series expected to launch in H1 2022

Huawei Mate 50 is expected to be one of the flagship smartphones to enter the market next year. Despite its absence this year, the company reportedly plans to launch the series in 2022 after receiving significant component...

Redmi Note 11 to feature 120W fast charging, Xiaomi confirms

Xiaomi is set to unveil the latest phones to join its Redmi brand. Thanks to a mix of leaks and official teasers from the company, tech fans now know that the Redmi Note 11 series is getting a new high-end model that...
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