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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.

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...

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...

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Economy

Ford dismisses ITC's criticism over SK deal for not being based on hearing

Ford Motor Co on Friday dismissed criticism from the U.S. International Trade Commission for not being based on a public interest hearing, noting that it committed to SK Innovations battery programs before any misconduct...

US, EU agree on 4-month tariff freeze in aircraft dispute

The EU and the US agreed on a four-month suspension on tariffs imposed on billions of dollars of imports to ease the burden on industry and workers and focus on conflict resolution. The suspension will cover all US...

China barred the import of pineapples from Taiwan

China banned the imports of pineapple, and the order came into effect earlier this week. Beijing announced that the tropical fruit could not enter the country, and Taiwan assumed that this is a political move. Taiwans...

Sinclair Broadcasting Group is laying off hundreds of workers soon

Sinclair Broadcasting Group announced this week that it would be laying off hundreds of workers soon. The company said it was left with no choice but to dismiss a percentage of its workforce as the business was affected by...

US suppliers to China's SMIC face licensing woes

The US has been slow to approve licenses for American companies to sell chipmaking equipment to Chinas Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC), with an estimated $5 billion worth of parts and components...

Politics

Joe Biden COVID-19 response: POTUS says there is enough vaccine for all adults until May

With the Biden administration already ramping up efforts to make sure everyone is vaccinated, President Joe Biden brought more good news for adults across the country. Biden announced that there would be enough vaccines...

Barack Obama: New book claims ex-POTUS initially did not want to endorse Joe Biden

While former President Barack Obama is known for having a very close friendship with his then-vice president Joe Biden, a new book claims that their friendship did not extend to a campaign endorsement. The book claims that...

Kamala Harris reaffirms US-Australia ties in call with Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Vice President Kamala Harris is reaching out to world leaders as part of the Biden-Harris administrations plan to re-engage with allies. Harris recently reaffirmed the US alliance with Australia with its Prime Minister...

Donald Trump investigation: House Oversight Committee issues subpoena to ex-POTUS' accounting firm again

The Manhattan prosecutors are not the only ones who want to look into the financial records of former President Donald Trump. It appears the House is also keen on looking into Trumps records as its oversight committee has...

Science

Transparent wood is coming, and it could make an energy-efficient alternative to glass

Wood is an ancient material humans have been using for millions of years, for the construction of housing, ships and as a source of fuel for burning. Its also a renewable source, and one way to capture excess carbon...

Pigs can play video games, scientists discover

Pigs might not be able to fly, but they can play video games. In a new study, researchers from Purdue University in Indiana, US have shown that pigs can use a digital screen and joystick, operated by their snout, to move a...

Einsteinium: 100 years after Einstein's Nobel Prize, researchers reveal chemical secrets of element that bears his name

A century ago, an upstart German physicist by the name of Albert Einstein turned the scientific world on its head with his discovery of the photoelectric effect, which proved light to be both a particle and a wave. Awarded...

New CRISPR technology could revolutionise gene therapy, offering new hope to people with genetic diseases

The day a muddled mob stormed the US Capitol building, a team of American researchers published a paper in Nature that signified a landmark in gene therapy. The head of the US National Institutes of Health, Francis...

In the rush for coronavirus information, unreviewed scientific papers are being publicized

COVID-19 has not only upended our personal lives, it has dramatically changed scientific research. In response to the rapid spread of the virus, scientists around the world have had to find new ways to collaborate and...

Technology

Leaker says ‘Elden Ring’ will feature PvP and online multiplayer

With internal videos of Elden Ring appearing online recently, more information leak has now come to light about its gameplay. FromSoftwares next project is now shaping up to be an important IP as it is expected to combine...

OnePlus Nord 2 could feature MediaTek Dimensity 1200

OnePlus attempt at launching mid-range smartphones last year was well-received and the company appears to be working on the next OnePlus Nord. It is rumored to launch in the coming months with one significant change in its...

MacBook and iPad models in 2022 could sport OLED panels

Apple marked a significant development in its iPhone line last year after launching the first series with OLED, or organic light-emitting diode, as the standard panel. The company is reportedly not stopping at iPhone as it...

Realme GT 5G is powered by Snapdragon 888 for less than $500

Most smartphones powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset are expected to come with high prices, but that is not the case for Realme GT 5G. For less than $500, the device will allow its users to experience the...

WhatsApp desktop audio and video calls are now live

WhatsApp has introduced a much-requested feature among users who often use its desktop services. The option to make audio and video calls through Windows and Mac computers went live Thursday, but there is one major...
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