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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.

Biden's economic centrism isn't exciting, but right for these divisive times

Jan 22, 2021 07:33 am UTC| Economy

In an age of hyperpartisan politics, the Biden presidency offers a welcome centrism that might help bridge the divides. But it is also Bidens economic centrism that offers a chance to cut through what has become an...

Sure, the US election is gerrymandered, but so are others, and its hard to stop

Nov 08, 2020 11:07 am UTC| Insights & Views

At the time of writing we dont yet know who will win the US presidential election. But we do know this for sure: Donald Trump will be able to win with less than half the votes cast. Put another way, Joe Biden will be...

We'll never cut unemployment to 0%, but less than 4% should be our goal

Oct 30, 2020 07:51 am UTC| Economy

One of the most concerning things that happens in any recession is the spike in unemployment. The COVID-19-induced recession in Australia and around the world is no exception other than perhaps the magnitudes...

50 years ago Milton Friedman told us greed was good. He was half right

Sep 20, 2020 05:57 am UTC| Economy

The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed for lack of a better word is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its...

This university funding crisis was always coming – COVID-19 just accelerated it

Aug 14, 2020 15:18 pm UTC| Insights & Views

In the early 1930s a 21-year-old undergraduate at the London School of Economics asked a great question during his summer research project: if my economics professors are right that markets are an efficient way to allocate...

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...

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Economy

China's Huawei reportedly selling premium smartphone brands P and Mate - sources

Huawei Technologies is in talks to sell its premium smartphone brands P and Mate to a group led by Shanghai government-backed investment firms, which could signal the start of the companys exit from high-end...

Taiwan's TSMC vows to prioritize auto chip production amid global shortage

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) vowed to increase auto chip production capacity and make the process more efficient, amid a global shortage that has hampered car production. According to TSMC, its...

South Korea: Beauty stores struggle to survive as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pounce

South Korea is a well-known region for cosmetics, and in fact, it can be considered as the center for beauty products. The countrys K-beauty industry blossomed, and franchises from the leading local cosmetic companies have...

South Korea: Lotte and Shilla are withdrawing operations at the Incheon Airport

Lotte and Shilla are two of South Koreas leading major duty-free operators. Both have opened outlets inside the Incheon Airport Terminal 1, but they will be vacating the area next month, according to the reports. The...

Germany asks Taiwanese semiconductor companies to help end the chip shortage worldwide

There is a worldwide issue with semi-conductor chips supply for cars, and Germany stepped up to resolve the problem. It was reported that the country asked manufacturers in Taiwan to help with easing the chips...

Politics

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner reportedly want 'clean break' after serving in Trump administration

White House adviser Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner are looking to Florida as their next stop after their time in Washington DC. The couple is reportedly looking to take a break after serving in the Trump...

Joe Biden reaffirms US-UK ties in phone call with Prime Minister Boris Johnson

One of the things Joe Biden has sought to do as president was to restore the US ties with its allies, among them being the United Kingdom. Biden recently spoke to the UKs Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the two leaders...

Donald Trump revelation: Ex-POTUS reportedly planned to fire acting AG in bid to overturn election

Donald Trump may no longer be able to claim voter fraud or a stolen election now but recent reports revealed how desperate the former president was to overturn results. Reports have emerged that Trump was planning to fire...

Donald Trump election loss: Mar-a-Lago members reportedly quit in an effort to distance from ex-POTUS

Donald Trump has reverted back to being a private citizen as of last week, yet he still faces legal battles on the way. However, that may not be all he is currently facing as his own Mar-a-Lago resort is also experiencing...

Science

What to feed ducks – according to science

The simple things in life sometimes bring the greatest joy like feeding the ducks at your local pond. The next time you pay your feathered friends a visit, consider introducing some variety into the food you give them....

Yellowstone volcano: USGS warns of possible eruption

Many scientists are keeping watch over the activity occurring in the Yellowstone volcano because of its potential to inflict large-scale damage in the United States. Now, scientists at the USGS have now warned of a...

Mars mission: NASA scientist says Martians can help humans live on Red Planet

Being able to live on Mars is one of the goals that space agencies all over the world have when it comes to exploring the red planet in future Mars missions. Although it may take a while to figure out how we may be able to...

Black holes: Albert Einstein's theory may save Earth from wandering black holes

Black holes are one of the most mysterious objects in the universe and were first brought up by renowned scientist Albert Einstein. With the possibility of wandering black holes being able to consume our own planet, the...

Asteroid alert: 16-meter space rock to pass by Earth on New Year weekend

With days to go until the Earth completes another year around the Sun, it appears that the universe also has plans to celebrate the new year along with us. An asteroid is set to pass by our planet a few days after the new...

Technology

‘Dying Light 2’ Collector’s Edition leak suggests bundle comes with UV flashlight, secret location map

The update that fans of Techlands survival horror title have been looking for may have recently emerged in the form of an information leak. A Collectors Edition of Dying Light 2 was reportedly listed on a retailers website...

‘Among Us’ Nintendo Switch edition reportedly sold 3.2 million copies in December 2020

It should no longer come as a surprise that the first console launch of Among Us turned out to be a massive success. The multiplayer games Nintendo Switch edition has reportedly sold millions just weeks after it was...

‘Diablo 2’ remake’s development now involves Vicarious Visions, report says

A reliable gaming industry insider reported that the highly requested Diablo 2 remake is in the making. Activisions recent reorganization is also said to be directly related to the ongoing project making Vicarious Visions...

Xbox Live Gold no longer required for free-to-play multiplayer ‘in the coming months’

Microsoft has officially canceled its previously announced Xbox Live Gold price hike. To make peace with disgruntled gamers, the company also announced a massive change in its policy regarding free-to-play multiplayer...

iPhone 12 should be kept at a 'safe distance' from medical devices, Apple says

Apple has updated its support page specifically for iPhone 12 owners who also use medical devices. The company says there is no known severe risk in having them around simultaneously but still advises people to keep a safe...
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