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Richard Holden on Money in the 21st Century

24 May 2024
11.00am – 11.30am AEST
Carriageworks Bay 24
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Richard Holden

Richard Holden

Money in the 21st century is increasingly cheap, digital and mobile. Looking at the risks and opportunities of low interest rates, cryptocurrencies and the global mobility of money, economist

Richard Holden looks at the impact of these forces on our wallets, on the block chain and on major economies.


The Curiosity Lecture Series returns to the Sydney Writers' Festival with a line-up of our most thought-provoking speakers delivering one-time talks on topics of intrigue, interest and importance. 

This event is presented by the Sydney Writers' Festival and supported by UNSW Sydney. 


UNSW Sydney is the exclusive university sponsor and proud Premier Partner of the Sydney Writers’ Festival. Featuring UNSW academics and researchers on Sydney Writers’ Festival stages, and events at the UNSW Kensington Campus, this partnership brings together a shared vision of creativity, curiosity and thought leadership. 


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This event will take place live at Carriageworks. For all venue and visitor safety information, please visit Sydney Writers' Festival.


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Richard Holden

Richard Holden is professor of economics at UNSW Business School, and President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He received a PhD from Harvard University and was a faculty member at MIT and the University of Chicago before returning to Australia. He has published in leading journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, and Nature. His popular writings have appeared in outlets such as The New York Times, Australian Financial Review, The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald. He is currently a regular columnist for the Australian Financial Review. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society, of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and of the Royal Society of New South Wales. His most recent book is Money in the 21st Century: Cheap, Mobile, Digital. 

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