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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.

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...

The COVID-19 crisis in aged care shows elimination is the only effective strategy

Aug 01, 2020 14:48 pm UTC| Economy

As Victoria struggles to get its hotel-quarantine-debacle-driven COVID-19 outbreak under control, there has been renewed focus on the plight of those in aged-care facilities. The facts are these. Between March 26 and...

Government lockdown costs may be exaggerated over COVID-19's direct economic impact

Jul 21, 2020 14:55 pm UTC| Economy

As a second COVID-19 lockdown looms in New South Wales, there is much discussion about the economic costs of doing so. But since the start of this pandemic there has been profound confusion in many quarters about the...

Stamp duty is an economic drag. Here's how to move to a better system

Jul 03, 2020 12:57 pm UTC| Economy

For all the things we dont know about COVID-19 one thing is certain: our economic recovery will depend on boosting productivity. Everyone from the Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe to Prime Minister Scott...

Vital Signs Series

Vital Signs: COVID-19 recession is different – and we need more stimulus to deal with it.

Jun 21, 2020 03:30 am UTC| Economy

Australia has done well on the public health front during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to decisive action by the National Cabinet in March. Australia has done better than most countries on the economic front, too, thanks...

Why 'the marketplace for ideas' can fail – from an economist's perspective

Jun 13, 2020 11:02 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

There is no shortage of repugnant and dangerous ideas in the world. An age old question is whether free speech will see good ideas win out over bad. The proposition that good ideas eventually triumph in the marketplace...

Vital signs. Remembering Alberto Alesina, the father of political economy

Jun 06, 2020 04:41 am UTC| Economy

Harvard Universitys Alberto Alesina died suddenly of a heart attack on May 23. He was 63. His long-time colleague and friend Larry Summers wrote that before him, there was no academic field of political economy....

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Economy

US to label goods from Hong Kong as 'Made in China'

Good entering the US from Hong Kong after Sept. 25 will be labeled as Made in China, according to a notice in the US Federal Register. There are limited direct exports from Hong Kong, with most of the citys shipments to...

UK suffers 20.4% economic slump in Q2

The UK economy suffered its worst slump on record in the second quarter with a 20.4 percent plunge, the biggest of any major global economy. The slump, preceded by a 2.2 percent contraction in the first quarter, sent...

Greece's Preveza City leans on alternative tourism during pandemic

The pandemic opens up an opportunity for Preveza City, Greece, to promote alternative tourism, such as fishing and local life and culture related to the natural resources, says Constantin Koutsikopoulos, head of the...

S. Korea's gold market turnover hits record average of 13.1-B won in July

South Koreas daily gold market turnover averaged a record high of 13.1 billion won in July, far exceeding the previous 9.7 billion won record set in August 2019. The turnover is more than twice the 5.2 billion won...

S. Korea losses 277,000 jobs in July to push unemployment rate up 4%

South Korea lost about 277,000 jobs in July to push the number of unemployed people to 1.13 million, up by 41,000 lost jobs from last year. The figure represents a jobless rate of 4 percent, up by 0.1 percent from last...

Politics

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama to be a keynote speaker at DNC convention with Bernie Sanders and Jill Biden

Over the past several months following his endorsement of his former colleague, former president Barack Obama has actively been campaigning for Joe Biden for the upcoming November elections. As the upcoming Democratic...

Melania Trump: FLOTUS' jewelry business reportedly promoted on the White House website in 2017

Prior to becoming the first family of the United States, Donald Trump was a known real estate mogul with his family members serving as executives in the familys corporation. Even first lady Melania Trump was once known for...

Joe Biden: Donald Trump says former VP 'roped himself' into picking a woman for vice president

For months, many have been anticipating whom former vice president Joe Biden would choose as his running mate. Donald Trump weighed in once again on the presumptive Democratic nominees vice-presidential selection, saying...

Joe Biden says he will not intervene if ever Donald Trump is prosecuted by Justice Department

Despite being in office, there are already investigations launched into Donald Trump, who has also been known for interfering in cases involving his associates such as Michael Flynn and Roger Stone. Former vice president...

Science

NASA: Lucy mission passes important milestone in preparation for Trojan asteroid mission

NASA is currently preparing for several missions such as the Artemis mission, the future Mars missions, and the Lucy mission. The agency has now made progress on the Lucy mission as it was revealed that it has now passed...

Mars mission: Colonizing the Red Planet is best done under the surface, says scientists

The future Mars mission will see astronauts setting foot on the Red Planet for the first time, with space agencies hoping to colonize Earths neighboring planet successfully. According to scientists, the best chance of...

NASA: Juno spacecraft spots storms occurring in Jupiter

Over time, space enthusiasts and scientists learn more and more about what is happening on other planets in our solar system. NASAs Juno spacecraft recently spotted storms occurring in the gas giant Jupiter. Data from...

NASA reveals how ingredients for life is distributed through space

The entire universe is made up of bits and pieces of stars and planets, with the possibility of there being life in each one. Scientists at NASA looked into how there could be life on other celestial objects, in the form...

Technology

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Lifepath details revealed in Night City Wire episode 2

Lifepaths have been one of the anticipated features of CD Projekt Reds upcoming RPG. Luckily, the second episode of Night City Wire released on Monday revealed more information on how choosing among the Nomad, Street Kid,...

Trump’s WeChat ban could lead to a 30% iPhone sales decline, analyst suggests

Citing national security concerns, President Donald Trump has signed executive orders that will prohibit US companies from having any transactions with WeChat owner Tencent. Since it is one of the widely used apps in...

‘GTA Online’ summer update delivers the new Open Wheel Race Creator for fan-made circuits

As Rockstar Games promised, a slew of new gameplay content and improvements will be released in GTA Online to celebrate the summer season in Los Santos. The update going live this week will include a new feature allowing...

iPhone 12 could still sport a smaller display notch, here’s how

Since the first rumors that Apple is changing the design of the iPhone 12 emerged online, one of the common requests has been a smaller display notch. A recent leak seemingly suggests it is not happening, but other fans...
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