Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence Lecture coming Nov. 10

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Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence Lecture coming Nov. 10

Published on November 02 2009

Diane Dupont, a professor in the Department of Economics, will present her Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

The lecture, entitled “Thirsting for Knowledge: An Economist’s Investigation of Pressing Water Issues,” will take place in the Charles A. Sankey Chambers from 3 to 5 p.m., which includes a wine and cheese reception after the lecture.

The talk will focus on two components of Dupont’s overall research program, which correspond to the “supply of” and “demand for” tap water. While much effort has gone into understanding the engineering/scientific features of water utilities, relatively little is known about their economic/organizational characteristics.

Dupont’s studies on several aspects of both the supply and demand sides help reveal how much money Canadian consumers might be willing to pay to have better-quality water, and the extent to which consumers trust their utilities to provide safe and high-quality tap water.

Created in 2001, the Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence recognizes high-quality research, scholarly and creative achievement by providing a three-year grant to support an individual’s research program.

In compliance with the terms of the award, each Chancellor’s Chair agrees to present a lecture to the University community.

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