Richard Holden is Professor of Economics at UNSW Business School and academic co-lead of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Inequality. Prior to that he was on the faculty at the University of Chicago and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
His research focuses on contract theory, organisational economics, law and economics, and political economy. He has written on topics including: network capital, 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 Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review and the Review of Economic Studies. He is editor of the Journal of Law and Economics, and is the founding director of the Herbert Smith Freehills Initiative on Law & Economics at UNSW.
Professor Holden appears regularly as a media commentator with published opinion pieces in outlets including The Australian Financial Review, The Australian, The New York Times, Fortune and The New Republic. He also writes a weekly column analysing global economic data called Vital Signs for The Conversation.