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Richard Holden

Richard Holden is a professor of economics at the University of New South Wales.

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Should governments obsess about debt? Yes, say traditionalists. No, says the theory

With the world staring down possibly the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, do leaders need to rethink debt and stimulus?

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Is the government putting the wrong dollar-value on the cost of human life?

Putting a dollar value on life is difficult and uncomfortable, but the government's methods are flawed — and the consequences are huge.

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Hindsight is 20/20: how false narratives could hurt us going forward

Australia has been relatively successful in the fight against COVID-19. What comes next is the fight for the narrative.

How the environment could save the economy, post-pandemic

With the economic cost of climate inaction not an option, green research and development may be just the thing to jumpstart an economy ravaged by coronavirus.

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The big nudge: here's how the government could spread its coronavirus tracing app far, fast and wide

How can the government incentivise people to download its coronavirus contact tracing app?

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What should governments do to protect jobs and incomes, now and in the future?

Governments needs to look at ways to protect the economically vulnerable — and the planet — in ways that are truly sustainable post-COVID-19 crisis.

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Not all experts are Australian: the case for listening to other accents

We are facing a global problem. So why aren't we listening to global experts?

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The quest for stimulus: the when, where, how and how much of saving the economy

Despite its claims to the contrary, the Morrison government may find itself cutting cheques to households after all.

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Biden in the box seat as Democrats choose evolution over revolution

The former vice-president has taken the lead in the fight for the soul of the Democratic party.

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Morrison has the right fix — for now

'Targeted and modest' stimulus is the right course for the moment. But, if things get worse, Australia will not forgive a government that puts politics ahead of economics.