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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.

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...

Australia's sudden ultra-low economic growth ought not to have come as surprise

Mar 09, 2019 06:09 am UTC| Insights & Views

Australias big little economic lie was laid bare on Wednesday. National accounts figures show that the Australian economy grew by just 0.2% in the last quarter of 2018. This disappointing result was below market...

Vital Signs. Do deficits matter any more?

Mar 01, 2019 13:46 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

It seems that whoever wins the White House in 2020, the US federal deficit will blow up. President Donald Trump has already signed into law massive tax cuts that are estimated to expand the deficit by at least US$1.5...

Now is the time to plan how to fight the next recession

Feb 26, 2019 14:43 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

This is part of a major series called Advancing Australia, in which leading academics examine the key issues facing Australia in the lead-up to the 2019 federal election and beyond. Read the other pieces in the series...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries jump ahead of 10-year TIPS auction, initial jobless claims

The U.S. Treasuries jumped during Tuesdays afternoon session amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance ahead of the countrys 10-year TIPS auction and initial jobless claims, scheduled...

German bunds surge despite better-than-expected January ZEW economic sentiment index

The German bunds surged during European trading session Tuesday even as the countrys ZEW economic sentiment index for the month of January, came in better than market expectations ahead of the European Central Banks (ECB)...

USD/CNY likely to face some upside for the time being, caution mood reckoned: Commerzbank

The USD/CNY currency pair is expected to see some further upside for USD/CNY for the time being, with a caution mood reckoned to stay on for a while, according to the latest research report from Commerzbank. The spread...

Australia’s ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence continues forward march last week

Australias ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence continued with its forward march, gaining 0.9 percent last week. This takes it back to where it was in mid-December. The financial and economic sub-indices were mixed, while...

Australia’s trend growth rate likely to be between 2-2.5 pct per year for the coming decade, says ANZ Research

Australias trend rate of growth for the coming decade is expected to be somewhere between 2.0 percent and 2.5 percent per year, lower than the estimates from the Australian Treasury and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA),...

Politics

Donald Trump: POTUS says he had Mar-a-Lago 'fumigated' after Roy Cohn's visit

The United States President Donald Trump is someone who is currently under heavy scrutiny. As if his impeachment trial and his current statements towards many figures is not enough, he recently stated that he had his...

Melania Trump shock: First Lady's son Barron's height a hot topic on social media

Not much is known about the youngest Trump sibling, Barron, other than being 13 years old and the only son of Melania and Donald Trump. However, his recent appearance had social media talking, noticing the drastic growth...

Melania Trump: First Lady loves to wear her engagement ring the most

The United States First Lady Melania Trump is known for always being well-dressed whenever she is seen in public, from her clothes to the jewelry she owns. But there is one piece of jewelry she is always seen wearing - her...

Melania Trump, Donald Trump divorce rumors: Will White House need a new FLOTUS if the first couple part ways?

Since Donald Trump announced that he was joining the presidential race in 2016, the media and the public became even more interested in his marital relationship with Melania Trump. That curiosity did not diminish after...

Science

Asteroids: Astronomers photograph potentially hazardous asteroid approaching Earth

Another asteroid appears to be on its way to Earth, and a group of astronomers managed to take photos of the space rock that is making its way towards the planets vicinity. Just like with all the other asteroids that have...

NASA: Agency releases photo of famous galaxy taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

The universe has a way of still amazing everyone with the stars and planets and various other phenomena that occur beyond the planet. Recently, NASA released a photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of what is perhaps...

Black hole with 70 solar masses may be a neutron star, expert says

Despite everything that is known about the space phenomenon known as a black hole, this still remains a mystery to scientists due to the endless discoveries made. Recently, some Chinese astronomers discovered a certain...

Asteroid warning: NASA keeps tabs on a giant asteroid hurtling towards Earth

Astronomers have once again spotted a giant asteroid making its way towards Earth. NASAs been keeping tabs on it, but the question is whether or not the asteroid would make an unannounced visit. The agencys asteroid...

Technology

‘The Sims 4’ could get snow and resort-themed content packs soon

While EA and Maxis often remain very secretive about the future updates on The Sims titles, Simmers are not entirely clueless. The developers are putting up surveys from time to time, asking players what they think about...

Sony Xperia 5 Plus release date likely to be announced at the MWC 2020

The Sony Xperia 5 Plus release date will likely be announced by the company next month. Reports say that the tech giant will be unveiling its new set of Xperia mobile devices at the MWC 2020. Sonys current flagship, the...

Nintendo Switch game updates: ‘BioShock Collection,’ ‘Dead or School,’ and 14 titles coming to the console

Nintendo Switch gamers have a lot to look forward to in the coming months ahead. Aside from 14 confirmed new games coming to the console for week 4 of January 2020, there are two rumored titles that might be arriving as...

‘Wasteland 3’ release date, gameplay: inXile’ upcoming role-playing game to introduce a few changes

With the Wasteland 3 release date just four months away, interest about the upcoming squad-based role-playing video game from inXile Entertainment is starting to pick up. Heres whats currently known about the highly...
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