Richard Holden

UNSW Business School

University of New South Wales

@profholden Website

Professor Holden’s research focuses on contract theory, organizational economics, law and economics, and political economy. He has written on topics including: network capital, political districting, the boundary of the firm, incentives in organizations, mechanism design, and voting rules. He is currently editor of the Journal of Law and Economics and is the founding director of the Herbert Smith Freehills Initiative on Law & Economics at UNSW.

Vote History

Statement Vote Confidence Comments
Amazon’s new $15 per hour minimum wage will force other companies to follow suit. Agree 9 “As a big employer, the upward pressure on wages will make other employers compete for workers. In addition, this might well provide ‘air cover’ for moves to increase state and city minimum wages in various parts of the country — an issue in the last presidential campaign.”
Restrictions on skilled immigration will cause US firms to to shift more operations overseas. Strongly Agree 10 “Skilled immigration — combined with sophisticated capital markets — has been at the heart of American dominance in the new economy. It is also vital in engineering and other fields that could move offshore.”
Uber has to develop self-driving cars in the next 10 years in order to remain viable. Disagree 9 “They either need to do that to reduce costs, or raise prices. But the price hike required to make Uber profitable is not prohibitive.”
A trade war will be more disruptive to business than to consumers. Agree 7 “In the short run, it will be very disruptive to business (as we have already seen), but eventually that will flow through to consumers.”