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Richard Holden

Richard Holden

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.

The RBA wants to cut unemployment, and nothing — not even soaring home prices — will stand in its way

May 09, 2021 09:21 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

Ahead of the definitive official read of the economy from the treasury in the budget on Tuesday, the Reserve Bank has given us two special insights into its own thinking in the space of 14 hours. They suggest that...

US under Trump Series

How to time a bombshell like Trump's tax returns

Oct 05, 2020 13:24 pm UTC| Politics Economy

Its unlikely The New York Times publication of Donald Trumps tax records just before the first presidential candidates debate was a coincidence. This looks like a classic example of what political scientists and...

Vital Signs: talk of a US wealth tax is about symbolism as much as it is about economics

Oct 26, 2019 08:15 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy Politics

The race for the Democratic Partys presidential nomination is hotting up, and so is academic debate about one of the leading contenders signature proposal a wealth tax. The US Democratic primary is becoming a race of...

Is the economy getting stronger? The RBA says 'time will tell'

Aug 13, 2018 14:07 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy Central Banks

Vital Signs is a regular economic wrap from UNSW economics professor Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualise weekly economic events and cut through the noise of the data affecting global...

How inflation in China and the US could affect Australia

May 11, 2018 07:04 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

This week: How the economies of China and the United States will affect what happens in our own. Business conditions in Australia have been strong enough to see a surge in company tax revenue that led Treasurer...

Vital Signs Series

Interest only loans are an economic debacle that could bust the property market

Apr 27, 2018 07:40 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy Real Estate

This week: This risks of interest only loans that the RBA is ignoring and more revenue for the government ahead of the budget. Australian taxpayers wont face a rise in taxes now that Treasurer Scott Morrison...

Vital Signs Series

The calm before the storm in US-China trade

Apr 20, 2018 05:38 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

This week: the US administration continues its anti-trade rhetoric, China grows a little faster than expected, Australian employment figures underwhelm, and the RBA seems unperturbed by household borrowing...

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Economy

Ministop joins French fry war in Japan with larger Bucket Potato as McDonald's reel from potato shortage

Ministop has joined the French fries war in Japan by offering its Bucket Potato, which has three times the amount of their X Fried Potatoes for 641 yen. A regular-sized order of Ministops X Fried Potatoes costs 213 yen,...

S. Korea's Hanmi, Celltrion, and Dongbang to produce Merck’s COVID-19 pill

South Koreas Hanmi Pharm Co., Celltrion Inc., and Dongbang FTL were among 27 drugmakers chosen to produce low-cost versions of Merck Co.s COVID-19 pill molnupiravir for low- and-middle-income countries. The Medicines...

S. Korean scientists develop protein absorbent that collects rare earth elements steel slag

A Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology research team has developed a protein absorbent that can collect rare earth elements from steel slag, an industrial by-product. The research team succeeded in selectively...

Coca-Cola to capitalize on Africa's strong demand for energy drinks

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) plans to consolidate in Africa and to capitalize on the continents strong demand for energy drinks, which is the fastest-growing beverage category. Jacques Vermeulen, the CCBA CEO, sees...

McDonald’s expands McPlant burger tests in US

McDonalds will roll out the McPlant burger at around 600 locations in the San Francisco Bay and Dallas-Fort Worth areas for a limited time starting Feb. 14 to learn more about consumer demand for it. The test began in...

Politics

Ivanka Trump accused of 'misleading financial statements' to federal government and Deutsche Bank

Donald Trumps daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump is now under even more legal scrutiny in the ongoing investigations into the Trump Organization. New York Attorney General Letitia James claimed in a court filing...

Afghanistan: Pentagon releases footage of Kabul drone strike

One of the criticized aspects of the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan was the drone strike that ended up killing civilians including children. The Pentagon has now made public the footage of the failed drone...

US House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer echoes Nancy Pelosi's stance on lawmakers trading stocks

One of the issues that have emerged in Congress is of its members trading stocks despite concerns of conflicts of interest. US House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer echoed the stance of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying that...

Kamala Harris says administration will continue to fight to pass voting rights legislation following Senate vote

The recent Senate vote on voting rights did not succeed in advancing voting rights legislation in the chamber. US Vice President Kamala Harris said that the administration would continue to push for voting rights...

Science

DouxMatok and Blommer to produce chocolate products with less sugar by enhancing sweetness perception

Blommer Chocolate Co. has entered a commercial partnership with Israeli-based DouxMatok to produce and sell a portfolio of chocolate products with less sugar, made possible by enhancing the perception of...

Duke University study reveals gastrointestinal tract distinguishes between Coke Original and Coke Zero

Duke University researchers revealed that the gastrointestinal tract, and not the tongue, distinguishes between Coca-Cola Original and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. According to their published study, neuropod cells in the...

Keio University doctors use iPS-derived cells to treat spinal cord injury

Keio University researchers have successfully transplanted into a patient with a severe spinal cord injury two million neural progenitor cells derived from other peoples iPS cells as part of a clinical study, offering hope...

Virtual moon landing experience offered at Tottori Sand Dunes

Tokyo-based Amulapo, Inc. is offering a tour at the Tottori Sand Dunes for experiencing a simulated landing on the lunar surface for up to 20 participants on Saturday nights until the end of March, during good...

Unilever calls for better plant-based diet through public health strategies

Unilever scientists are prompting public health officials to facilitate the transition to a balanced diet with more diverse nutrient-dense plant foods through consumer education, food fortification, and...

Technology

Warner Bros. reiterates ‘Hogwarts Legacy’ will launch in 2022

A recent report claimed that Hogwarts Legacy is unlikely to launch anytime before 2023, suggesting that the game could suffer yet another delay. However, developers have now somewhat addressed the rumor by reiterating that...

‘Ghostwire: Tokyo’ could be released in March

It has been a while since developer Tango Gameworks and publisher Bethesda Softworks last released teasers for Ghostwire: Tokyo. Officially, the companies have only said the game will be released sometime this year. But an...

NFT profile pictures on Twitter will now appear as hexagonal avatars

Twitter just launched a new feature that makes NFT profile pictures easier to distinguish. As expected, it has been met with mixed reactions from users and major brands. People will find everyday debates about the pros...

Crypto.com confirms hackers stole over $30 million in cryptocurrencies

Crypto.com confirmed that 483 users were affected by a hacking incident detected earlier this week. The cryptocurrency exchange platform said the culprits stole more than $30 million, but that no customers lost...
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