Data collected on market and industry provide important insights to owners, planners, policy makers and other stakeholders to make informed decisions regarding the impacts of infrastructure investments and resource management on socioeconomic development and developing measures at the local, metropolitan, regional, national and international levels.


Market Power and Investment Stimulus

Terry (Seok Min) Moon

Assistant Professor, Vancouver School of Economics

This project studies the effects of firms’ market power on their investment responses to corporate/capital tax cuts by putting together innovative (unique and big) propriety data sets. Quantifying the magnitude of market power as a channel for investment responses would be key for designing effective tax policies and studying the role of market power on firm dynamics.


Two-sided Heterogeneity and Sorting in the U.S. Retail Industry

Keith Head

Professor, UBC Sauder School of Business

This project deals with the consumer heterogeneity and the effect of trade on market structure and aggregated productivity. Goal of the study is to measure the consumer implications of international trade.


Spending effectiveness and sources of revenue: Evidence from DRC savings groups

Munir Squires

Assistant Professor, Vancouver School of Economics

Purpose of the project is to seek an answer as to why poor countries have weak and ineffectual states. Using small experimental group in Congo author will conduct an experiment to test general public perception towards taxation and government spending.


Gender, Race, and Entrepreneurship: A Randomized Field Experiment on Venture Capitalists and Angels

Will Gornall

Assistant Professor, UBC Sauder School of Business

Aim of the proposal is to study impact of gender and race in high‐impact entrepreneurship using a tightly controlled random field experiment. Proposal will study the evidence and causes of gender discrimination in high-impact entrepreneurship.


Nutrition over the Business Cycle: the Effects of Recessions on the Distribution of Nutritional Intake

Giovanni Gallipoli

Associate Professor, Vancouver School of Economics

The objective of this project is to quantify the effects of income fluctuations on the nutritional content of food consumed at home in a large panel of households. Study will describe demographic and geographic variation in the quality of food intake, and develop a simple model of households’ shopping over the business cycle.


Prices in Emerging Market Economies: Theory and Evidence from India

Viktoriya Hnatkovska

Associate Professor, Vancouver School of Economics

This proposal is to build a micro level price database for a large emerging economy, India. The database would be novel and would help in addressing a number of questions related to price setting, monetary policy, inequality and responses to shocks in an emerging economy.


Empirical Studies of Regulated Energy Markets

Margaret Slade

Professor Emeritus, Vancouver School of Economics

Large data set that contains detailed information about US and Canadian natural gas and electricity markets will be used to study natural gas pipeline rates and capacity releases. This project will also undertake new research on contracting in natural gas markets, local marginal pricing in electricity markets, and to investigate the historical determinants of peak electricity demand.


Engineering Growth: Innovative Capacity and Development in the Americas

Valencia C Felipe

Assistant Professor, Vancouver School of Economics

Aim of the project is to study the importance of technology and innovation for economic growth. This study will provide first systematic historical evidence on the role of the engineers in supporting technological adoption and structural transformation in the US.


Investment behaviour and heterogeneous financial policy, evidence from Canada

Kevin Milligan

Professor, Vancouver School of Economics

This study will test the theory of corporate taxation and investment behaviour for Canada. This will help to understand the differences in the long run investment decisions of small and large firms.


The effects of exchange rates on cross-border economic activity

Michael Devereux

Professor, Vancouver School of Economics

Database of retail prices and quantities for the US economy will be used to explore the impact of exchange rate fluctuations within areas close to the US border with Canada and Mexico, using a structural model of firm entry, product choice, pricing, and sales. The methodology will allow a precise measure of the impact of exchange rates within a narrow geographical area, and to infer the importance of trade costs at the local level.


New Product Development and Mergers and Acquisitions: Insights from the USPTO Trademark Data

Kai Li

Professor, UBC Sauder School of Business

The proposed research will employ novel trademark data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to shed light on the sources of synergistic gains in Merger & Acquisitions and their differential effects on new product development of acquirers and target firms.


Platform Competition: Mobilizing Complementors by Creating Social Foci

David Clough

Assistant Professor, UBC Sauder School of Business

This study will examine whether a developer’s exposure to a company’s programming tools at a coding event affects their subsequent adoption of these tools. Co-adoption of different platforms’ tools will be further examined to study the interdependences between platforms. This will help to understand the economics of digitization and the implementation of platform-based strategies.


Investment and Uncertainty with Time to Build: An Application to US Natural Gas Pipelines

Paul Schrimpf

Associate Professor, Vancouver School of Economics

Consequences of uncertainty for investment in a regulated industry which involves construction with reference to the US Natural Gas Pipelines will be assessed. Publicly available data will be collected and annotated. The study will help to investigate the effects of regulation on investment and will help in making informed policy decision.


Does Climate Change Affect Real Estate Prices? Only If You Believe In It

Marcus Baldauf

Assistant Professor, UBC Sauder School of Business

This project aims to use new data in order to test empirically whether real estate valuations reflect these differences in beliefs. data on local projections of expected sea level rise and beliefs of the U.S. population on climate change to will be used investigate this link.


Blockchain and Intellectual Property

Yi Qian

Associate Professor, UBC Sauder School of Business

Intellectual property has become one of the fundamental drivers of overall success of a firm which serve as a platform for new product development and signal new product development to financial markets. This proposal will study the impact of Blockchain technology on incentives to innovate and engage in entrepreneurial activities.


Multinationals and the Welfare Consequences of Market Concentration

Vanessa Alviarez

Assistant Professor, UBC Sauder School of Business

In recent years’ evidence suggests that market power is on the rise. This research proposal research proposal intends to bring a new set of evidence to the issue of rising market power, viewed through the lens of a tractable oligopoly model that has recently been usefully applied in other contexts.