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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.

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...

Government lockdown costs may be exaggerated over COVID-19's direct economic impact

Jul 21, 2020 14:55 pm UTC| Economy

As a second COVID-19 lockdown looms in New South Wales, there is much discussion about the economic costs of doing so. But since the start of this pandemic there has been profound confusion in many quarters about the...

Stamp duty is an economic drag. Here's how to move to a better system

Jul 03, 2020 12:57 pm UTC| Economy

For all the things we dont know about COVID-19 one thing is certain: our economic recovery will depend on boosting productivity. Everyone from the Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe to Prime Minister Scott...

Vital Signs Series

Vital Signs: COVID-19 recession is different – and we need more stimulus to deal with it.

Jun 21, 2020 03:30 am UTC| Economy

Australia has done well on the public health front during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to decisive action by the National Cabinet in March. Australia has done better than most countries on the economic front, too, thanks...

Why 'the marketplace for ideas' can fail – from an economist's perspective

Jun 13, 2020 11:02 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

There is no shortage of repugnant and dangerous ideas in the world. An age old question is whether free speech will see good ideas win out over bad. The proposition that good ideas eventually triumph in the marketplace...

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Economy

Dubai’s DP World to work with Israel’s DoverTower in bid for Haifa Port

Dubai state-owned DP World is teaming up with Israels DoverTower in a joint venture that will bid in the privatization and to conduct a study on opening a direct shipping line between the two Middle East states. Haifa...

60% of pandemic-induced business closures in US become permanent

Yelp data revealed that 97,966 of the 163,735 business closures across the US due to the pandemic as of Aug, 31 wont be reopening. Permanent business closures rose 34 percent since Yelps last report in mid-July. Yelp...

S. Korea, Germany to boost energy ties towards economic recovery, climate goals

South Korea and Germany vowed via a virtual meeting to bolster cooperation in the energy sector towards the recovery of their virus-hit economies and helping each other achieve their climate goals. According to the...

S. Korea's corporate sales suffer record 10.1% drop in Q2

South Korean companies suffered a 10.1 percent dip in sales in the second quarter, its sharpest on record, and plunging from a 1.9 percent on-year drop in the first quarter. It was also the sixth consecutive quarterly...

S. Korea eyes online trade platform deal with Uzbekistan

South Korea is seeking bilateral trade deals with Uzbekistan that would establish a platform to help local SMEs sell products through contactless channels, says Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Hong...

Politics

Melania Trump: FLOTUS' torched wooden statue replaced in her hometown Slovenia

Melania Trump has a statue in her image that was installed in her hometown in Slovenia, Russia. This was an original life-sized statue of the FLOTUS image that was carved from the trunk of a linden tree however it was...

Joe Biden: Jim Carrey to portray former VP on 'Saturday Night Live'

The comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live has often mocked presidential elections over the years, with cold opens featuring current and former presidents and other political figures. With the new season set to premiere in...

Barack Obama encourages Gen Z and Millenial voters to vote in video for ATTN:

The Obamas are among the most influential political figures, with former first lady Michelle Obama actively encouraging Americans to register to vote by stressing the importance of their votes. This time, former president...

Ivanka Trump: Bob Woodward's book reveals how White House adviser asked James Mattis for a plan to fight ISIS

Ivanka Trump serves as an advisor to her father Donald Trump in the White House, often seen alongside him during political events or attending political events on his behalf. Bob Woodwards new book, Rage, reveals her...

Science

NASA: Astronomers spot exoplanet closely orbiting a white dwarf star

There are still a lot of things about the universe that have yet to be explained, and astronomers recently discovered something once thought to be impossible. Astronomers picked up on an exoplanet orbiting a white dwarf at...

Mars mission: Scientists say acids may have erased traces of alien life on Red Planet

NASA is gearing up for its upcoming Mars mission, with the Perseverance Rover already getting a headstart in its journey to the Red Planet to search for life. However, researchers believe that the search for alien life on...

Climate change: Rising global temperatures will bring in a new Arctic, says scientists

Of all the parts in the world, the Arctic region is taking the biggest hit from the problem that is climate change. The problem has already gone to an extent where scientists are seeing a new Arctic region possibly form...

Aliens: Search for life outside Earth may shift to Venus, says scientist

While the current space exploration missions involve searching for alien life on Mars, a study found that the search for life outside Earth may also lie with another neighboring planet. Instead of searching for life in the...

Technology

‘PUBG Mobile’ x BLACKPINK? Tencent teases collaboration with K-pop group

Tencent Games recently launched the PUBG Mobile version 1.0 along with many gameplay and visual improvements. However, it appears that the developer has a few more major updates in the pipeline that might bring BLACKPINK...

iOS 14 goes live on Sept. 16; here’s how to install the OS update

Months ago, the common belief was that the iOS 14 would be released once the new iPhones arrive since that has been the annual tradition for Apple. However, CEO Tim Cook surprised fans after announcing at the Time Flies...

‘GTA 6’: Is Rockstar Games announcing a new game at Sony’s PlayStation 5 event?

Sony is gearing for another PlayStation 5 event this week, and there are speculations that Rockstar Games could be part of it again. The last time the video game studio appeared at a PS5 showcase, they had an announcement,...

GoPro Hero 9 ‘replaceable lens’ protector leaks ahead of September 16 launch

GoPro has practically confirmed the arrival of its next flagship camera, likely named GoPro Hero 9, will happen this week. Before that happens, however, there are a few more leaks that emerged online, including a new...
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