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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.

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...

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...

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Economy

Whole Foods' nutritional supplement brand recalls Whey Protein Powder product

A recall has been issued for one of Whole Foods own nutritional supplement labels products. It was revealed that its 365 Everyday Values vanilla flavor Protein Powder is being recalled due to mislabelling and undeclared...

Applebee's announces job recruitment day for 10,000 workers

Applebees is the latest company to announce a job recruitment event this month. The American grill and bar restaurant chain is aiming to hire at least 10,000 additional staff. Perks for booking an interview with...

Samsung announces worldwide debut of its BESPOKE home appliances lineup

Samsung formally announced the expanded lineup of its BESPOKE home appliances on Tuesday, May 11. The South Korean electronics company is also bringing these customizable products to the global market with the aim of...

S. Korean confectionary firms post robust overseas sales in 2020

South Korean confectionary companies led by Orion Corp. enjoyed brisk overseas sales in 2020, fueled by the popularity of Korean pop culture and food abroad. Orion Corp. sold approximately 1.5 trillion won worth of...

Politics

Kevin McCarthy reportedly hired Trump White House staff member to organize rally that fueled Jan. 6 violence

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has come under fire for backing the removal of Liz Cheney from her leadership position. As Congress and law enforcement authorities continue to dig into the January 6 insurrection at...

Liz Cheney ousting: GOP Senator Joni Ernst accuses party of 'cancel culture'

Many Republicans of today often resort to cancel culture when they are caught in a scandal or when they are criticized for making statements that are essentially deemed sexist or racist, or problematic. GOP Senator Joni...

Donald Trump super PAC to host fundraising event at ex-POTUS' Bedminster golf club this month

Former President Donald Trump is already set to spend the summer in his New Jersey golf club. Along with his stay in Bedminster, a pro-Trump PAC is also expected to host its first fundraiser this month at the club. A...

Joe Biden to nominate Rahm Emanuel for US Ambassador to Japan

US President Joe Biden is set to announce his picks for diplomatic posts. Among the appointments that he is set to make is Rahm Emanuel for US Ambassador to Japan. Biden is expected to appoint former Chicago Mayor Rahm...

Science

Space tourism – 20 years in the making – is finally ready for launch

For most people, getting to the stars is nothing more than a dream. On April 28, 2001, Dennis Tito achieved that lifelong goal but he wasnt a typical astronaut. Tito, a wealthy businessman, paid US$20 million for a seat...

First human-monkey embryos created – a small step towards a huge ethical problem

Scientists have created the worlds first monkey embryos containing human cells in an attempt to investigate how the two types of cell develop alongside each other. The embryos, which were derived from a macaque and then...

Lab–grown embryos and human–monkey hybrids: Medical marvels or ethical missteps?

In Aldous Huxleys 1932 novel Brave New World, people arent born from a mothers womb. Instead, embryos are grown in artificial wombs until they are brought into the world, a process called ectogenesis. In the novel,...

Antimatter: scientists find way to trap elusive material by blasting it with lasers

Antimatter is believed to play a huge part in the story of our universe. Its the counterpart to matter: identical in every way with protons, neutrons and electrons but with an opposite electric charge. According to our...

Shifting toward 'open peer review'

Twenty years ago, it was difficult to find information about local restaurants, except from the restaurants themselves. Now, thanks to the Internet, independent evaluations are easy to find. Its past time we make that the...

Technology

Here’s how to sign up for the ‘New World’ closed beta before it starts in July

New World is officially the only first-party title in Amazon Games pipeline right now, and more fans will be able to witness soon what the studio has been working on for several years. The upcoming massively multiplayer...

EA Play Live 2021 is set for June 22, where the next ‘Battlefield’ reveal could finally happen

EA made several major announcements this week, especially about the highly anticipated Battlefield reveal. The video game publisher confirmed it is bringing back the EA Play Live event where its next-level first-person...

iPhone 13 Pro models reportedly feature a bigger camera bump

Apple has reintroduced an iPhone 5-era design when it launched the iPhone 12 series last fall, and the overall appearance of the upcoming iPhone 13 is expected to be similar. However, another report has suggested that...

Facebook starts testing feature asking users to ‘open article’ before sharing

With so much going on in peoples social media news feeds every minute, many may have developed a habit of only reading titles or headlines before sharing them. Now, Facebook wants to encourage its billions of users to open...
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