What’s New in Social Sciences? (Spring Term)


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Ticket Pricing

Pascal Courty, PhD, Department of Economics

Friday, Feb. 17: 12:30 to 1:45 pm

Pascal Courty joined the University of Victoria in 2009 from the European University Institute.  He is an applied economist who has contributed to the fields of industrial organization and labour economics.  One of his ongoing interests over the past 20 years is ticket markets.  He has studied how tickets for popular concerts are priced in the primary market, estimated the return from using multiple seating categories, and shown that popular bands do not always exploit market power.  He has also argued that resale in secondary markets can benefit both consumers and artists.  Recently his research has looked at changes in ticket pricing with the advent of the Internet.  His work has been cited by the CBC, CTV, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, the Financial Post and other media.

A Prosperous Region Needs a Vibrant Core

Elisabeth Gugl, PhD, Department of Economics, UVic

Friday, Dec. 16: 12:30 to 1:45 pm

Elisabeth Gugl holds a PhD in Economics from Rice University and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Victoria. Many of her papers deal with policy evaluation, whether in the field of family economics or in the context of interjurisdictional competition. Her expertise on interjurisdictional competition also informed her approach to analyzing the fiscal sustainability of the City of Victoria and ultimately the Capital Region itself. The Capital Region currently consists of 13 municipalities. In this project, working with her colleague David Scoones, she points to important economic determinants that are often overlooked in the public debate on amalgamation and explains why the Capital Region’s regional district structure may be inadequate to manage the delivery of regional public goods efficiently.

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