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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.

The RBA wants to cut unemployment, and nothing — not even soaring home prices — will stand in its way

May 09, 2021 09:21 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

Ahead of the definitive official read of the economy from the treasury in the budget on Tuesday, the Reserve Bank has given us two special insights into its own thinking in the space of 14 hours. They suggest that...

US under Trump Series

How to time a bombshell like Trump's tax returns

Oct 05, 2020 13:24 pm UTC| Politics Economy

Its unlikely The New York Times publication of Donald Trumps tax records just before the first presidential candidates debate was a coincidence. This looks like a classic example of what political scientists and...

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...

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Economy

SK Chemicals sets recycled plastic circulation ecosystem platform

SK Chemicals Co. has established a business platform for a recycled plastic circulation ecosystem dubbed Eeum that connects producers, partners, and brands online. Plastic industry insiders and businesses with...

McDonald’s to sell Russian business to existing Siberia-based licensee

McDonalds will sell its Russian business to Alexander Govor, its current licensee in the market, and operate it under a new brand. Govor has agreed to buy all of McDonalds locations in Russia and has also agreed to keep...

Taco Bell brings back its Mexican Pizza after customers started petitioning for its return

Taco Bell has finally brought back the customers favorite food item, which is Mexican Pizza. The Irvine, California headquartered fast-food restaurant chain added it again to the menu after a nearly 2-year absence. As...

Under Armour’s chief Patrik Frisk unexpectedly vacates CEO post, COO to take over

Under Armour, an American sports apparel, athletic shirts, shoes, and accessories company, announced the upcoming departure of its chief executive officer, Patrik Frisk. He will step down, and an interim chief has been...

Google's Russian unit filed for bankruptcy after authorities seized its bank account

Googles local subsidiary in Russia has filed for bankruptcy, and this was posted on the Russian office of registry - Fedresurs. The post was said to have been publicized on Wednesday, May 18. In the message, Googles...

Politics

UN calls on Iran to stop execution of Swedish-Iranian national

Iran is set to execute a Swedish-Iranian national who is being charged with espionage against the country. The United Nations Human Rights office is now calling on Tehran to stop the execution from taking place. Reuters...

Myanmar coup: Shadow government defense chief urges West to provide arms to resistance in fight against junta

It has been more than a year since the Myanmar military seized control of the country and ousted its democratically-elected government. The defense chief of the countrys shadow government has now urged the West to provide...

North Korea: UN warns COVID outbreak may lead to 'devastating' consequences for human rights

The isolated nation of North Korea is tackling an outbreak of COVID-19 infections in the country, resulting in a nationwide lockdown. With the measures in place, the United Nations warned that the consequences of the...

Kevin McCarthy has 'nowhere to run' following subpoena from Jan. 6 committee, says former federal prosecutor

The congressional committee investigating the January 6 insurrection has moved towards issuing subpoenas to several sitting Republican members of Congress in recent weeks. According to a former federal prosecutor, House...

Science

Hyundai Mobis’ monitoring system reduces drowsy driving risks by 30%

Hyundai Mobis Co. has come up with an in-house brainwave-based driver monitoring system that can reduce the risk of drowsy driving by up to one-third. The system, dubbed M.Brain, is a wearable earpiece that continuously...

California start-up Bionaut Labs to send tiny robots on voyage into brains

California start-up Bionaut Labs will conduct its first clinical trials on sending miniature robots deep inside the human skull to treat brain disorders The tiny injectable robots can be guided through the brain using...

Kirin, Meiji University develop electric chopsticks that make low-salt food taste salty

Food producer Kirin and Meiji University have developed a pair of chopsticks that stimulate the taste of salt in foods with low salt content through extensive research. This technology, which has yet to be named,...

Japanese researchers develop plastic with self-repairing powers

Japanese researchers have found a way to create self-repairing plastics that can be used in many products and reduce the amount of waste now polluting the planet. It might have practical applications for home...

Osaka University team proves safety of iPS-based cornea transplant

An Osaka University research team has concluded that the worlds first clinical trial, transplanting corneal tissues derived from induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, was safe and effective. According to the...

Technology

‘The Last of Us’ remake for PS5 is once again reported to launch in late 2022

It is still unknown where the franchise of The Last of Us is going after its sequel launched in 2019, but it appears that Naughty Dog is working on bringing the first game to the latest generation of PlayStation. The...

iPhone 14 series could launch in mid-September

Apple is expected to maintain its annual schedule of events this year, including the launch of the iPhone 14 series. While the tech giant is very likely to announce its new range of smartphones, a new report claims to have...

Pixel Buds Pro will be available in 12 countries, report says

As Google announced during this years I/O conference, it has a slate of new devices entering the market this year. Some of them will be released this summer, including the Pixel Buds Pro with specs and features that rivals...

LG Uplus unveils metaverse platform featuring virtual office and zoo

LG Uplus Corp. unveiled the Uplus Metaverse platform which includes Uplus Virtual Office for office workers and Uplus Kids Zoo for children. To simulate a true office environment, Uplus Virtual Office provides a virtual...
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