Richard Holden

AGSM Scholar, Professor & ARC Future Fellow

School of Economics - Ph.D, A.M. Harvard | BEc (Hons) Sydney


Contract theory, law and economics, organisational economics, political economy.

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About Richard

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Richard Holden is Professor of Economics at UNSW 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 organisations, mechanism design, and voting rules.

Professor Holden has published in top general interest journals such as the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Review of Economic Studies.

He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Professor Holden is currently editor of the Journal of Law and Economics, academic co-lead of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Inequality, and is the founding director of the Herbert Smith Freehills Initiative on Law & Economics at UNSW.

He has been a Visiting Professor of Economics at the Harvard Economics Department, 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.