Division of Strategy and Business Economics

UBC's Strategy & Business Economics Division specializes in entrepreneurship, industrial organization, international business, urban land economics, and public policy. The Division was established in July 1999 through a merger of the Policy Analysis Division and the Urban Land Economics Division.

In support of its research activities, the Division conducts a very active workshop series and publishes working papers. Research in the Division relies strongly on formal analytical methods related to economics, including game theory, information theory, cost-benefit analysis, econometrics, and simulation.

Affiliated with our Division are the W. Maurice Young Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Research Centre, the Phelps Centre for the Study of Government and Business, and the Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate. The Division also hosts the annual UBC Summer Conference on Industrial Organization.


Research Supervisors

Name Research Interests
Antweiler, Werner high-tech businesses; innovation; international trade; exchange rates; currency unions; environmental economics; e-business; international environmental issues; trade and the environment; Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI); public policy and the economics of cannabis prohibition., International Trade and Business, Environmental Economics and Management, Energy and Electricity Economics, Applied Econometrics and Panel Data, Applied Empirical Finance, Prediction Markets
Brander, James Industry economics and industrial organization; industrial economics; Competition policy; international trade and investment
Davidoff, Thomas Housing, Real Estate, Annuities, Mortgages
Fang, Limin Empirical industrial organization; Dynamic structural models of competition and marketing dynamics; Digital economy, social learning, retail strategy
Head, C Keith Strategy/economics
Helsley, Robert Growth and development of urban areas, the operation of private land markets, and the economic impacts of government tax, spending and regulatory policies
Khmelnitskaya, Ekaterina Competition, market structure and innovation with a focus on the pharmaceutical industry
Kikkawa, Ayumu International economics and international finance; Industry economics and industrial organization; international trade; Industrial Organization
Lee, Sanghoon Urban economics; Real estate economics; Public economics; Labor economics; Industrial organization
Marshall, Guillermo Industrial Organization; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Competition policy
Orr, Patrick Scott International Economics; Industrial Organization; applied microeconomics; applied econometrics; Economics of Crime
Parra, Alvaro Innovation and Patent Policy; Industrial Organization; Microeconomic Theory; Applied Theory
Rachapalli, Swapnika Management and trade; international trade; Innovation; Growth & Development
Ries, John Economics and business administration; applied microeconomics; Economic Phenomena on a National or International Level; international business; international trade
Somerville, Tsur Housing markets, Real estate development, Real estate finance, Affordable housing, Economics of cities
Vertinsky, Ilan Boris Forestry, international trade, natural resource economics, trade, forest policy, softwood lumber agrerement, cross-cultural management
Yang, Ron Empirical Industrial Organization, Urban Economics, Transportation Economics

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