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Economics PhD students win third place in Datafest competition

Monday, March 4, 2019

Congratulations to our PhD student team of Andres Arcila Vasquez, Iuliia Nesterova, John Baker, and Zehua Pan (pictured below), who received third place in the inaugaral Datafest organized by Professor Anindya Sen, Director of the Master of Public Service program on Friday, March 4, 2019. Economics had two MA teams as well - Team 1 - Hongcan Zhang, Keyi Zhang, Sophie Yin, Haochang Li, and Team 2Siwei Shen, Wenzuo Xu, Tong Zhou, Yongyun Zhou.The PhD team had to address the question: "What are the key factors that impact the demand for PCT patents at CIPO?". Their Datafest sponsor was Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada. 

Four students sitting beside each other on chairs

 The team of Hongcan Zhang, Keyi Zhang, Sophie Yin, Haochang Li had the topic "Estimating the statistical determinants of delinquency". Their Datafest sponsor was Scotiabank. 

The team of Siwei Shen, Wenzuo Xu, Tong Zhou, Yongyun Zhou, had to answer the question: "What are the main determinants (e.g., gender, income, region, age, language, attitudes) of spending on copyrighted content in Canada? Do the determinants vary in importance depending on the type of content?" Their Datafest sponsor was Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada.

We are very proud of all three teams who represented the Economics department!

Four MA students in a row standing

Second team of MA students in a row