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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

The end of the checkout signals a dire future for those without the right skills

Jan 18, 2020 04:45 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

There has already been a fair number of jobs lost to automation over recent decades from factory workers to bank tellers. In the coming decade we might see radically larger numbers of jobs lost to automation, thanks to...

Australia's nation-building opportunity held hostage by the deficit daleks

Dec 22, 2019 14:01 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

As anticipated, the Australian government downsized a number of its economic forecasts in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) released this week. Also as anticipated, the federal government did everything...

Vital Signs: let's not weep for Westpac's board, but directors do need help

Dec 01, 2019 03:17 am UTC| Insights & Views Business

There are many reactions one can have to the shocking revelations of Westpacs failure to comply with Australias anti-money-laundering requirements. One reaction is its not that big a deal along the lines of now-ousted...

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...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries jump ahead of 10-year TIPS auction, initial jobless claims

The U.S. Treasuries jumped during Tuesdays afternoon session amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance ahead of the countrys 10-year TIPS auction and initial jobless claims, scheduled...

German bunds surge despite better-than-expected January ZEW economic sentiment index

The German bunds surged during European trading session Tuesday even as the countrys ZEW economic sentiment index for the month of January, came in better than market expectations ahead of the European Central Banks (ECB)...

USD/CNY likely to face some upside for the time being, caution mood reckoned: Commerzbank

The USD/CNY currency pair is expected to see some further upside for USD/CNY for the time being, with a caution mood reckoned to stay on for a while, according to the latest research report from Commerzbank. The spread...

Australia’s ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence continues forward march last week

Australias ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence continued with its forward march, gaining 0.9 percent last week. This takes it back to where it was in mid-December. The financial and economic sub-indices were mixed, while...

Australia’s trend growth rate likely to be between 2-2.5 pct per year for the coming decade, says ANZ Research

Australias trend rate of growth for the coming decade is expected to be somewhere between 2.0 percent and 2.5 percent per year, lower than the estimates from the Australian Treasury and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA),...

Politics

Donald Trump: POTUS says he had Mar-a-Lago 'fumigated' after Roy Cohn's visit

The United States President Donald Trump is someone who is currently under heavy scrutiny. As if his impeachment trial and his current statements towards many figures is not enough, he recently stated that he had his...

Melania Trump shock: First Lady's son Barron's height a hot topic on social media

Not much is known about the youngest Trump sibling, Barron, other than being 13 years old and the only son of Melania and Donald Trump. However, his recent appearance had social media talking, noticing the drastic growth...

Melania Trump: First Lady loves to wear her engagement ring the most

The United States First Lady Melania Trump is known for always being well-dressed whenever she is seen in public, from her clothes to the jewelry she owns. But there is one piece of jewelry she is always seen wearing - her...

Melania Trump, Donald Trump divorce rumors: Will White House need a new FLOTUS if the first couple part ways?

Since Donald Trump announced that he was joining the presidential race in 2016, the media and the public became even more interested in his marital relationship with Melania Trump. That curiosity did not diminish after...

Science

Asteroids: Astronomers photograph potentially hazardous asteroid approaching Earth

Another asteroid appears to be on its way to Earth, and a group of astronomers managed to take photos of the space rock that is making its way towards the planets vicinity. Just like with all the other asteroids that have...

NASA: Agency releases photo of famous galaxy taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

The universe has a way of still amazing everyone with the stars and planets and various other phenomena that occur beyond the planet. Recently, NASA released a photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of what is perhaps...

Black hole with 70 solar masses may be a neutron star, expert says

Despite everything that is known about the space phenomenon known as a black hole, this still remains a mystery to scientists due to the endless discoveries made. Recently, some Chinese astronomers discovered a certain...

Asteroid warning: NASA keeps tabs on a giant asteroid hurtling towards Earth

Astronomers have once again spotted a giant asteroid making its way towards Earth. NASAs been keeping tabs on it, but the question is whether or not the asteroid would make an unannounced visit. The agencys asteroid...

Technology

‘The Sims 4’ could get snow and resort-themed content packs soon

While EA and Maxis often remain very secretive about the future updates on The Sims titles, Simmers are not entirely clueless. The developers are putting up surveys from time to time, asking players what they think about...

Sony Xperia 5 Plus release date likely to be announced at the MWC 2020

The Sony Xperia 5 Plus release date will likely be announced by the company next month. Reports say that the tech giant will be unveiling its new set of Xperia mobile devices at the MWC 2020. Sonys current flagship, the...

Nintendo Switch game updates: ‘BioShock Collection,’ ‘Dead or School,’ and 14 titles coming to the console

Nintendo Switch gamers have a lot to look forward to in the coming months ahead. Aside from 14 confirmed new games coming to the console for week 4 of January 2020, there are two rumored titles that might be arriving as...

‘Wasteland 3’ release date, gameplay: inXile’ upcoming role-playing game to introduce a few changes

With the Wasteland 3 release date just four months away, interest about the upcoming squad-based role-playing video game from inXile Entertainment is starting to pick up. Heres whats currently known about the highly...
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