Courty, Pascal

Associate Professor


Phone number: (250) 721-8544
Department: Business

Research description:

- Information economics
- Contract theory
- Industrial organization
- Behavioural economics
Expertise Profile
When you go to your next concert, consider the decision-making that went into the price of your ticket.

Dr. Pascal Courty in the Department of Economics at the University of Victoria studies the behaviour of companies, like those that sell concert tickets, and how they make revenue.

More broadly, his area of interest is microeconomics, which is the study of business and consumer behaviour.

Dr. Courty's research looks at how different types of firms set prices and how they can maximize their revenue.

His most recent research project looks into how the top 100 pop artists set prices for about 40,000 concerts. He investigates when and if these artists sell out, how much they vary price between the best and worst seats and how they vary price from city to city.

His questions help us understand the good and the bad of company behaviour and also help inform policy making.

After he writes a paper, Dr. Courty writes a short case study that summarizes the data collected. He takes these case studies into the classroom where students can discuss the choices that a firm made so they learn from real life scenarios.

Dr. Courty has contributed to questions related to peak demand pricing, resale markets for tickets, the design of incentives in government organizations, gaming in performance measurement systems and physicians' choice of fields across medical occupations.

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