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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.

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...

Vital signs: we need those tax cuts now, all of them. The surplus can wait

Jul 12, 2019 09:48 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

In an enormous week for economic news at the start of the month, parliament passed the governments three-stage personal income tax plan, and the Reserve Bank cut official interest rates to an unprecedented low of 1%. It...

Trump's nominations for the US Federal Reserve are an odd lot, and an even bet

Jul 07, 2019 15:12 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

This week US president Donald Trump announced two more nominees Judy Shelton and Christopher Waller for the two vacant positions on the US Federal Reserves board of governors. He will be hoping for better luck than he...

Once were Kiwis. Here's the hidden history of Australia's own well-being framework

Jun 21, 2019 01:38 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Amid all the fanfare around New Zealands so-called well-being budget, you would be forgiven for thinking our neighbour to the east had revolutionised its priorities and how to measure them. Lets recap. During the midst...

If we fall into a recession (and we might) we'll have ourselves to blame

Jun 07, 2019 15:52 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The facts are not in dispute. Annual GDP growth has fallen to 1.8%. On a per-capita basis we have had three consecutive quarters of negative growth. The last time that happened was during the drought and recession of...

Vital Signs: policies come and policies go, but surely we shouldn't be subsidising inheritances

May 03, 2019 17:11 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Theres an election on. Half a million of us have already voted. Theres just two weeks to go. With that comes more intense scrutiny of different policies (which is good) and disingenuous claims by those with vested...

Zero inflation means the Reserve Bank should cut rates as soon as it can, on Tuesday week

Apr 27, 2019 06:03 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

What do US pizza executive Herman Cain, US conservative commentator Stephen Moore, US Chief Justice Earl Warren, and Australias Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe have in common? More than you might think. The...

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Economy

UK gilts plunge on investor optimism from new Brexit deal, clearing path to end ties with EU

The United Kingdoms gilts plunged during European trading hours Thursday tracking an array of optimism from market participants after Britain and the European Union reached a deal on Brexit, which further cleared the...

German bunds slump on improvement in investor sentiments following draft Brexit deal

The German bunds slumped during European session Thursday after investor sentiments improved, following a draft Brexit deal that could actually smoothen the road for Britain to finally break all ties with the European...

German bunds slump on improvement in investor sentiments following draft Brexit deal

The German bunds slumped during European session Thursday after investor sentiments improved, following a draft Brexit deal that could actually smoothen the road for Britain to finally break all ties with the European...

Norges Bank’s upcoming policy meeting likely to be uneventful, says Danske Bank

The Norges Bank is expected to keep policy rates on hold for an extended period, thereby signalling the intermediate rate meeting on October 24 to be clearly be uneventful, according to the latest research report from...

Fed’s dovish stance and balance sheet re-expansion likely to weigh on dollar in months ahead, says Scotiabank

The Federal Reserves dovish stance and balance sheet re-expansion are expected to weigh on the dollar in the months ahead, according to the latest research report from Scotiabank. The Feds Beige Book said on Wednesday...

Politics

Donald Trump’ tax records have ‘discrepancies’ between reports to lenders and authorities

President Donald Trump has had very interesting and hectic weeks recently. The Democrats-led Congress launched an impeachment inquiry. He is also continuously catching heat after abruptly pulling out US troops from Syria,...

Melania Trump admits she advises Donald Trump about his tweets sometimes

Even before Donald Trump occupied the White House, he has been infamous for his no-holds-barred tweets. But the title of United States President attached to his name for more than two years now, his online posts and rants...

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...

Ben Ali: the Tunisian autocrat who laid the foundations for his demise

Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisias former long-time president who died in mid-September, will probably be remembered best as the first autocrat to fall during the popular uprisings that spread across the Middle East in...

Science

Asteroid impact that could end humanity is happening, space nation leader claims

Asteroids are the most common space objects that fly by Earth almost daily. Some of them were detected too close to the time of their close approach, but there has never been an impact that took place in modern history....

NASA mysterious image shows UFO near the Sun

Photos and videos from satellites of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have captured over the previous decades have provided the world a much clearer view of outer space. However, some of its images...

Blood pressure level and how it is affected by coffee and alcohol intake

Blood pressure is one of the vital signs that medical practitioners routinely look into to determine an individual medical state. With that, people of certain age groups need to maintain a healthy blood pressure level...

Cancer cure research successfully heals mice of cervical cancer

There appears to be a long road ahead before scientists could finally develop a complete cure for cancer. On the bright side, the availability of advanced technologies in the medical science field like the CRISPR-Cas9...

HIV cure studies major advancements reported in 2019 spark hope

Finding a cure that would eliminate HIV from the body remains one of the biggest challenges in humanity. However, there have been numerous studies published this year alone that seemed to have proven that, ultimately, HIV...

Technology

‘Warcraft 3: Reforged’ release date: New image leak suggests Naga might be a playable race

Following the announcement of Warcraft 3: Reforged last year, Blizzard went back into its studio and went radio silence about the game. For months, most of the news trickling on the web are coming from rumors and...

Fitbit Versa 2 not having a GPS is frustrating users; Other features also deliver a mediocre experience

Fitbit Versa 2 is now over one month old, and reviews about the wearable have started to pour on the web. Depending on where you stand, the sequel can be a hit or miss as its quite strong in some aspects but frustratingly...

‘Diablo 4’ may be announced in BlizzCon 2019 but it’s unlikely to overshadow Blizzard’s recent PR blunder

Diablo 4 is arguably one of the most requested Blizzard games by fans as its been already eight years since the third entry was released. Unfortunately, the company has been rather stubborn in creating the sequel, which...

‘The Last of Us Part 2’: Axed multiplayer mode to be released as a spinoff?

The year 2020 is going to be huge for the gaming industry with The Last of Us Part 2, and other highly anticipated AAA titles are now confirmed to go live next year. However, in the case of Naughty Dogs next major project,...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ could have the same DLC strategy as ‘The Witcher 3’

The launching of Cyberpunk 2077 is closer than ever, but certain details about its gameplay and post-launch roadmap remain unknown. Recent interviews with developers from CD Projekt Red suggest that the company has yet to...
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