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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.

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...

Vital Signs: NBN's new price plans are too little, too late

Sep 22, 2019 13:51 pm UTC| Insights & Views

This week NBN Co announced pricing changes for the National Broadband Network. It includes a new plan boasting a download speed of 1 gigabit per second and an upload speed of 50 megabits per second for $80 a...

All this overinflated talk about an index-fund bubble is very passive-aggressive

Sep 13, 2019 10:54 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

If youve seen the movie The Big Short you will remember Christian Bales quirky character Michael Burry the manager of the Scion Capital hedge fund who realises the US mortgage-backed security market is a massive bubble....

Sure, economic growth is low, but think about what's gone right

Sep 06, 2019 07:44 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Official figures released Wednesday show the Australian economy growing at the slowest pace since the financial crisis. GDP growth was only 0.5% for the June quarter, meaning that in the past year output grew by a...

Vital Signs. Business investment is flatlining, and it isn't clear that suasion or a special allowance will help

Sep 02, 2019 23:24 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

You know the economy is in trouble when a clever and successful Liberal Party treasurer resorts to doing an Elizabeth Warren impersonation in front of the Business Council of Australia in hopes of boosting...

Amid talk of recessions, our progress on wages and unemployment is almost non-existent

Aug 16, 2019 06:53 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Legend has it that, when asked by US President Richard Nixon in 1972 what he thought about the impact of the French Revolution, Chinese Premier Zhou En Lai replied: its too early to say. Waiting for progress on wages...

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Economy

Australian bonds suffer tracking U.S. Treasuries on hopes of successful Brexit deal; September labour report eyed

The Australian government bonds suffered during Asian trading session Wednesday tracking a similar movement in the United States Treasuries after hopes arose of a successful Brexit deal soon amid a calmer trade talk...

MAS likely to adopt further easing to a neutral policy by next policy review in April 2020, says ANZ Research

With the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) expecting growth to improve only modestly in 2020 and core inflation not seeing a pick up, further easing to a neutral policy is possible at the next policy review in April...

U.S. Treasuries recover ahead of September retail sales, FOMC members’ speeches

The U.S. Treasuries recovered during Tuesdays afternoon session amid a muted trading day that witnessed data of little economic significance after returning from a long weekend ahead of the countrys retail sales for the...

UK gilts gain on disappointment in August employment report; September CPI in focus

The United Kingdoms gilts jumped during European trading hours Tuesday after the countrys employment report for the month of August disappointed market sentiments, while eyes still remain on the consumer price inflation...

German bunds narrowly mixed after October ZEW economic sentiment improves, eurozone September CPI eyed

The German bunds remained narrowly mixed during European session of the second trading day of the week Tuesday after the countrys ZEW economic sentiment index for the month of October, improved, while investors still eye...

Politics

Donald Trump’s alleged habit of ‘unwanted touching’ of women continues just before proposing to Melania Trump

Many people, especially the critics, have been having a hard time believing that the marriage and relationship between Donald Trump and Melania Trump are as good as they say it is. One of the pressing issues anchored to...

Melania Trump reacts to Donald Trump cheating allegations

Donald Trump and Melania Trump have always been in the limelight since they tied the knot. But the status of their marriage has become much more exposed to public speculations once they occupied the White House. Many...

Melania Trump: Is she distancing herself from Donald Trump’s political woes?

The past weeks have been hectic for the Trump administration, especially after an impeachment inquiry has been officially launched in the Congress in late September against President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, it is hard not...

How a 1905 debate about 'tainted' Rockefeller money is a reminder of ethical dilemmas today

Many nonprofits, including top universities and museums are confronting serious ethical dilemmas regarding accepting tainted money. The MIT Media Lab, an interdisciplinary research lab, has been widely criticized for...

Trump's bad Nixon imitation may cost him the presidency

Whatever Donald Trump does, Richard Nixon usually did it first and better. Nixon got a foreign governments help to win a presidential election over 50 years ago. Trumps imitation of the master has proven far from...

Science

NASA rover allegedly captures an image proving there's life on Mars

It has been decades since humans started launching missions to space. At this point, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has already sent numerous rovers to Mars to observe the several sections of the...

Elon Musk reminded NASA it can share SpaceX’s IP to anyone; Agency unwilling to do so due to security concern

Elon Musk and NASAs partnership has been standing on rocky ground in recent months as the Commercial Crew endeavor has been delayed. The mission aims to put American astronauts to space using SpaceXs services, opting to...

NASA unveils the design of new spacesuit for Moon landing mission in 2024

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been preparing for its next Moon landing mission that will be taking place within the next few years. One of the important things the agency has been working on...

ESA detects 46-foot wide asteroid approaching Earth much closer than usual in 2084

A 46-foot asteroid was recently detected by the European Space Agency (ESA) and is making headlines even though its next Earth close-approach will not happen within the next decades. Certain qualities of the asteroid have...

NASA asteroid watch confirms 7 more space rocks are approaching Earth this weekend

Several asteroids have come close to the Earth over the previous days, and a few more will approach the planet this weekend. Scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have detected that seven...

Technology

‘The Sims 5’ release date depends on ‘TS4’ expansion contents

EA remains silent about their plans for The Sims 5. With that, fans of the life simulation video game series are looking at the possible remaining expansion contents for The Sims 4 to get an idea when an all-new title is...

‘Pokémon Sword and Shield’ release date: Upcoming entry needs 10.3 GB worth of storage

Nintendo is slated to reveal more information about Pokémon Sword and Shield in just a few hours. Until now, its difficult to discern what sort of detail is going to be shared. Is there a new Pokémon thats...

‘World of Warcraft Classic’ new dungeon arrives today; European servers to receive an update tomorrow

World of Warcraft Classic is preparing to bring in new content for the game, this time adding Dire Maul into the world. The dungeon was supposed to arrive next month but was slotted in early, hitting North American servers...

‘Elder Scrolls 4: Skyblivion’ release date: Developers will be changing areas on the map to reflect certain stories

Elder Scrolls 4: Skyblivion isnt expected to come out soon, and the games release is just adding more anticipation to an already anticipated title. Part of the reason for this excitement is due to the developers addressing...

Pocophone F2 will likely sport the Snapdragon 855 Plus processor

There are only two and a half months left in 2019, and Xioami is still remaining reticent about its plans regarding the Pocophone F2. The smartphones predecessor came out in August last year and was received by the...
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