University of Calgary

Publications - 2013


An Economic Model of Aboriginal Fire-Stick Farming

Wilman, Elizabeth Anne

Australian films at the Australian box office: Performance, distribution, and subsidies

Walls, W. D. and McKenzie, J.

In recent years, Australian films have failed to capture the public’s attention at the Australian box office. Why? Do Australians have an aversion to their own films? Or does the release strategy—advertising/publicity expenditure and opening number of screens—explain the lacklustre performance? We find that even though Australian films are generally advertised more heavily and released more widely than non-Australian films, ceteris paribus, they earn less at the box office. We also analyse a subsample of our data for which Film Finance Corporation funding information is available and find that government subsidies have no impact on a film’s financial success at the box office.


Australian films at the Australian box office: Performance, distribution, and subsidies

McKenzie, Slurms and Walls, W. D.

Bestsellers and blockbusters: Movies, music and books

Walls, W. D. in V. Ginsburg and D. Throsby (eds) Handbook of the Economics of Art and Culture, Vol. 2

Can E-Filing Reduce Tax Compliance Costs in Developing Countries?

Yilmaz, Fatih and Coolidge, Jacqueline

Factor Market Distortions Across Time, Space and Sectors in China

Brandt, Loren, Tombe, Trevor and Zhu, Xiaodong

Filtering and Email Pricing as Solutions to Spam

Eaton, B. Curtis, Ian MacDonald and Laura Meriluoto

Funding innovation for treatment for rare diseases: adopting a cost-based yardstick approach.

Fellows, Kent and Hollis, Aidan

Government-Owned Enterprises in Canada, SPP Research Paper 6(8)

McKenzie, Kenneth James and Crisan, Daria

Human Rights Treaty Ratification of Aid Receiving Countries

Magesan, Arvind

Instruments for Forest Habitat Connectivity

Wilman, Elizabeth Anne

Legislated changes to federal pension income in Canada will adversely affect low income seniors' health

Emery, Herbert, Valerie Fleisch and Lynn McIntyre

Not so Fast: How Slower Utilities Regulation Can Reduce Prices and Increase Profits

Fellows, Kent

Paging Inspector Sands: The Costs of Public Information

Kapoor, Sacha and Magesan, Arvind

Payroll Taxes in Canada from 1997 to 2007

Wen, Jean-Francois and Wan, Rui

Quantitative and Empirical Analysis of Energy Markets: Revised Edition.

Serletis, Apostolos

Refining for Export and the Convergence of Petroleum Product Prices

Zavaleta, A., Walls, W. D. and Rusco, F.

The refining industry has changed over the past decades from one in which petroleum refining capacity primarily served local and regional markets to one in which trade in refined petroleum products has become more widespread. We investigate the hypothesis of increasing globalization by examining the convergence of prices for refined products across different markets. Using data on refined products from market centers in the US and Europe, we test for convergence of prices using standard time-series techniques. The data plainly show that markets for refined petroleum products have become more interrelated as Europe has exported its gasoline surplus and global demand for petroleum products has approached refining capacity. The econometric evidence supports the hypothesis that the US and European markets for oil and refined products are integrated. We find evidence that a structural break during the financial crisis of 2008 changed the long-run equilibrium price relationships and the short-run price dynamics. Refined product markets are likely to experience continued globalization given trends in the United States and Europe and because of key export-oriented refining capacity investments made to take advantage of access to specific crude oil sources.


Resource Allocation, Affluence and Deadweight Loss when Relative Consumption Matters

Eaton, B. Curtis and Matheson, Jesse

Sample 2

Reid, Jason

The Conditions for Successful Collaboration over Water Policy: Substance versus Process

Bruce, Christopher and Madani, Kaveh

VAT Treatment of Financial Institutions: Implications for the Real Economy

Yilmaz, Fatih

Who is Doing What; to Prices?

Yilmaz, Fatih
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