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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: the power of not being too clear

Jan 19, 2019 09:03 am UTC| Insights & Views Business

Incentives, in one form or other, are central to our lives. The Soviet experiment ended in December 1991 because it turned out that when people got paid the same whether they worked hard or slacked off, most people...

Vital Signs: No, Joe, America should not be copying Australia's 'asset recycling' misdirection

Dec 15, 2018 17:34 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Anyone who has been to La Guardia airport in New York can attest the dire need in the United States for infrastructure spending. Its not just crumbling bridges, pot-holed roads and lousy airports that provide the...

Vital Signs: 35 extraordinary years. What the float of Australian dollar bought us

Dec 08, 2018 17:32 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

If a week is a long time in politics, then 35 years must be an eternity. 35 years ago, on Monday December 12, 1983, the Hawke-Keating government announced the Australian dollar would be floated. That is, the prices...

Fresh thinking: the carbon tax that would leave households better off

Nov 26, 2018 17:08 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Today, as part of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Inequality, we release a study entitled A Climate Dividend for Australians that offers a practical solution to the twin problems of climate change and energy...

The best way to boost the economy is the best way to improve the lives of disadvantaged students

Oct 29, 2018 19:41 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

What if we had an opportunity to double the size of the tourism industry, or to quadruple the size of the beef industry, or to boost the economy by more than any of the presently proposed tax switches? What if we could...

Vital Signs: Australia's 5% jobless rate is not full employment; pushing up interest rates would be wrong

Oct 28, 2018 13:14 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

According to ABS figures released last week, the unemployment rate in Australia has fallen to 5%. This isnt as low as the 3.7% level in the United States, but by historical standards it is low for us. We need to go back...

The housing market might deflate, but it might pop. Here's how

Oct 20, 2018 06:05 am UTC| Insights & Views Real Estate

There are two things that can happen to an asset price bubble. It can burst dramatically, or deflate slowly. Which brings us to the Australian housing market. Prices in Sydney and Melbourne continue to decline at a...

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Economy

Customer in Indonesia threatens to sue KFC for deceptive chicken sandwich ad

A KFC store in Indonesia had agreed to settle allegations of deception by a customer through mediation and abide by his four demands, including the company feeding orphanages for a month. The customer Erwin Sandi...

Rice strain developed as oral vaccine against cholera

Researchers primarily from the University of Tokyos Institute of Medical Science (IMSUT) have developed a rice strain packed with a protein that protects against cholera symptoms, including diarrhea. Cholera is mostly...

Burger King Canada expands King lineup of sandwiches with limited-edition Peppercorn King

Burger King Canada expanded its King lineup of sandwiches with the introduction of the Peppercorn King at participating BK locations nationwide for a limited time. The Peppercorn King features a flame-grilled beef...

Adidas partners with Coinbase as it prepares for Metaverse launch

Adidas Oroginal has announced a partnership with Coinbase via Twitter as it teases plans to launch a metaverse. The Nasdaq-listed crypto exchange Coinbase tweeted back with a handshake emoji. Adidas recently...

Politics

Kamala Harris praises guilty verdict in Ahmaud Arbery murder trial

The verdict for the trial on the murder of Ahmaud Arbery was delivered this week as one of the two monitored trials that recently took place. US Vice President Kamala Harris weighed in on the verdict, praising the jury for...

Donald Trump investigation: New York prosecutors to look into 'pattern of fraud' in probe

Among the number of investigations that twice-impeached former President Donald Trump is at the center of is one regarding his business empire. New York prosecutors are reportedly looking into whether the former president...

Joe Biden nominates Shalanda Young for OMB director

There are still spots in US President Joe Bidens administration that have yet to be filled. In his second attempt to fill in a key role in his White House, Biden nominated Shalanda Young to lead the Office of Management...

Nancy Pelosi buying $25 million Florida mansion rumors are false, says real estate agent

Rumors have circulated that US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is set to purchase a $25 million mansion in Florida. A real estate agent debunked the rumors, saying that there is no association between the multimillion-dollar...

Science

7-Eleven to test autonomous outdoor delivery robot in Seoul

7-Eleven will begin test-driving Neubie, an autonomous, short-range delivery robot equipped with a camera-based autonomous driving system at a store in Seouls Seocho district. According to the convenience store chain,...

S. Korean scientist discovers plants absorb microplastics

South Korean Yoon Hak-won found that agricultural crops also absorb microplastics, just like in fishery products, which could be harmful to humans. Yoon, a Korea Institute of Toxicology researcher, found microplastics...

Heinz's Mars-inspired ketchup faces Hunt's Uranus edition

Hunts has come up with its Uranus Ketchup in response to Heinz Ketchup Marz Edition, developed to mimic flavors sourced on Mars. The Heinz Ketchup Marz Edition was made of tomatoes grown under controlled soil,...

Dogecoin-funded space mission to launch in Q1 2022

Elon Musks Dogecoin-funded space mission is set to launch in the first quarter of 2022, making Doge the first crypto and the first meme coin in space. The billionaire had tweeted about the space mission in May,...

More eco-friendly frozen water bottles found better than gel packs for food deliveries

The Korea Federation for Environmental Movement (KFEM) found that frozen water bottles are more than effective enough to replace gel packs, which are difficult to recycle, for fresh food deliveries. KFEMs...

Technology

Huawei Nova 8 SE gets a 4G-only version in China

Earlier this week, there were rumors that Huawei was gearing up to announce an LTE-only version of the Nova 8 SE. And that quickly became a reality. The company reportedly launched the Huawei Nova 8 SE 4G early Friday...

‘Monster Hunter Rise’ PC will be updated with all Switch content at launch

More console-only games are getting their PC ports recently, and Monster Hunter Rise will follow the same fate in a little over a month. Capcom has also given PC gamers more reasons to look forward to the titles port after...

‘Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection’ might launch without a multiplayer mode

One of the biggest announcements Sony made during an event last September was that the beloved Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy titles are launching on PC and getting a proper PS5 version. But it now appears that...

Xiaomi 12 is rumored to launch on December 12

Xiaomi is reportedly aiming to be the first smartphone maker to announce its flagship phone powered by the upcoming Snapdragon 8-series SoC. And the company is rumored to launch the Xiaomi 12 series in time for Chinas...

‘Genshin Impact’ version 2.4 could officially introduce the Enkanomiya area

The Genshin Impact 2.3 update had just gone live a few days ago, but leaks are already out about the potential additions coming to the game in version 2.4. Aside from anticipated events and characters, sources have...
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