Richard Holden

Richard Holden

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: talk of a US wealth tax is about symbolism as much as it is about economics

Oct 26, 2019 08:15 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy Politics

The race for the Democratic Partys presidential nomination is hotting up, and so is academic debate about one of the leading contenders signature proposal a wealth tax. The US Democratic primary is becoming a race of...

Is the economy getting stronger? The RBA says 'time will tell'

Aug 13, 2018 14:07 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy Central Banks

Vital Signs is a regular economic wrap from UNSW economics professor Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualise weekly economic events and cut through the noise of the data affecting global...

How inflation in China and the US could affect Australia

May 11, 2018 07:04 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

This week: How the economies of China and the United States will affect what happens in our own. Business conditions in Australia have been strong enough to see a surge in company tax revenue that led Treasurer...

Vital Signs Series

Interest only loans are an economic debacle that could bust the property market

Apr 27, 2018 07:40 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy Real Estate

This week: This risks of interest only loans that the RBA is ignoring and more revenue for the government ahead of the budget. Australian taxpayers wont face a rise in taxes now that Treasurer Scott Morrison...

Vital Signs Series

The calm before the storm in US-China trade

Apr 20, 2018 05:38 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

This week: the US administration continues its anti-trade rhetoric, China grows a little faster than expected, Australian employment figures underwhelm, and the RBA seems unperturbed by household borrowing...

Vital Signs Series

The spooky mortgage risk signs our bankers are ignoring

Oct 13, 2017 09:35 am UTC| Insights & Views Real Estate

Vital Signs is a weekly economic wrap from UNSW economics professor and Harvard PhD Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualise weekly economic events and cut through the noise of the data affecting...

Vital Signs Series

The data is mixed but worrying signs from mortgagees

Oct 06, 2017 00:17 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Vital Signs is a weekly economic wrap from UNSW economics professor and Harvard PhD Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualise weekly economic events and cut through the noise of the data affecting...

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S. Korea airlines eye expanded routes to China to meet business demand

South Korea is seeking to increase the number of flights to China to 10 a week, to resume flights on three more routes on top of the four it already serves to meet travel demand from businessmen. Korean Air Lines Co.,...

Anti-China sentiment in India bodes well for Samsung: analysts

Samsung Electronics Co. is expected to increase its sales in India due to a public boycott of Chinese-made goods. The growing anti-China sentiment in India was due to 20 Indian soldiers deaths in last months border...

US imposes 25% duties on French goods in digital tax row

The US imposed 25 percent more duties on $1.3 billion value of French imports in response to Frances digital services tax. However, it is holding off from collecting the additional duties to allow further time to...

Chinese banks brace being cut off US dollar supply

Chinese banks are preparing contingency plans if US legislation causes them to be cut off from US dollars or lose access to US dollar settlements as a penalty for serving officials implementing the new national security...

Owners of multiple homes in S. Korea to be assessed with steeper taxes

South Korea will raise property ownership tax rates on people who own three or more homes from a range of 0.6 to 3.2 percent to a scope of 1.2 to 6 percent to curb housing prices. Companies with multiple homes will be...


Donald Trump: POTUS spotted wearing a face mask for the first time

Throughout the pandemic, Donald Trump has infamously refused to wear a face mask when going out in public. However, it appears that the president had changed his tune somewhat when he was spotted out in public wearing a...

Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in polls in Texas and Florida

Over the past few months, former vice president Joe Biden maintains a lead in public opinion polls over Donald Trump. Recent polls in both Texas and Florida have since added to Bidens lead, showing him leading by five to...

Barack Obama: Donald Trump claims ex-POTUS played golf more than him throughout his presidency

Donald Trump has often attacked his predecessor Barack Obama on Twitter and throughout his eight years as president. Recently, Trump claimed that the former president played more rounds of golf throughout his presidency...

Joe Biden reveals his plan to revive the US economy

President Donald Trump has often boasted that his administration is responsible for the so-called economic boom, a claim that may have played a part in his election in 2016. Now, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to...


Iron Age crime scene discovered by scientists amidst railway project

Many archaeological discoveries over time are known to have been made by accident. In this case, in the midst of construction of a railway, workers and scientists have unearthed what appears to be a crime scene dating back...

Archaeologists discover earliest artworks of animals in Asia found in Siberia

To the earliest humans, cave drawings usually were an account of important events of their lives at the time. Recently, researchers have found what may be the first-ever animal drawings made by the earliest humans in...

NASA: Agency confirms a storm occurring in Jupiter after it was discovered by an amateur astronomer

NASA, along with other space agencies and space enthusiasts, have detected activity going on in other planets in the Solar System and beyond. Recently, the agency confirmed one amateur astronomers sighting of a storm...

Paleontologists discover pocket-sized ancestor of the dinosaurs

Dinosaurs are more commonly believed to be large living beings, from being similar in size to a child to as massive as a house or even a small building. However, paleontologists recently discovered fossilized remains of...


Pixel 4a will have a 5G model but the announcement is moved to August, reports claim

Information leaks about the Google Pixel 4a keep changing almost every week. The most recent details that surfaced will excite and disappoint fans at the same time. A potential 5G model could be in the pipeline, but its...

‘NBA 2K21’: What version of the Mamba Forever Edition should players buy

Despite the NBA season 2019-20 getting delayed due to COVID-19, the basketball league has proceeded as usual in the virtual world. As a result, NBA 2K21 is now confirmed to be launched during its usual release window....

GoPro HERO8 Black is now an HD webcam through a free firmware update

Video conferences have become an important way to communicate while following safety guidelines amid a pandemic. It is then not surprising that GoPro adapts to these changes by making HERO8 Black an HD webcam for people...

Nintendo Switch 2 won’t arrive anytime soon, here’s why

​This year marks the start of a new generation for gaming consoles, except for Nintendo. In a recent conference, the video game company reiterated its plans of prolonging the life cycle of its flagship console. This means...
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