1. John Cochrane from the University of CHicago presents the 2012 John Condlliffe Lecture "Sovereign Debt". Prof Cochrane presents a lively and very informative...yet sobering ..... look at the problems of historic massively excessive public sector debt (accumulated, current, and potential future) in the US and Europe. He discusses three main types of solutions (growth, increases in tax rates, fiscal stimulus) , and their likely ability to deal with the problem. My (JF) take home message form this talk was that the magnitude of the sovereign debt is so enormous and prospects for growth - or sensible policy - to rescue sovereign nations spending beyond their means so bad (vastly exceeding in real terms post WW2 debt levels without the post war growth to climb our way out of it) that ...well I'm just glad I live in New Zealand ...small may be beautiful if a global implosion comes form mis managing the debt of important sovereign nations!

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  2. A seminar on the question of how much more (or less) accessible creative works become as they pass into the Public Domain vs remaining under Copyright : presented by Professor Paul heald of University of Illinois, March 16, 2012 at the Econ Dept University of Canterbury

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  3. Prof Frank Mueller Langer from the Max Planck Institute of Intellectual Property and Competition Law presents a seminar on his research work with Richard Watt on the effect of copyright in a theoretical model of the market for academic journals - markets invovling academic purchasers and markets involving academic suppliers.

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  4. Jeremy Tremewan (Vienna) presented an interesting seminar on his research (with co-authors) into social preferences and strategic behaviour in the centipede game. Eliciting detailed information on beliefs about opponents' behaviour his research/experiment shows that contrary to many other findings subjects continue longer in the centipede game in outgroup scenarios vs ingroup scenarios. A prospective reference theory (Viscusi) model is used to help organise and understand this puzzling behaviour - with a bounded rationality explanation: subjects in outgroup treatments treat their beliefs as only partially informative and discount them more highly than do subjects in ingroup treatments (conditional on the PRT model being valid). A lively discussion with many interesting comments.

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Econ Dept seminars at the University of Canterbury are on the web! Generally we - well me, John Fountain - records screen capture and audio of the seminars, add in a little editing when the presenter uses whiteboards or other visual material. But the…


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Econ Dept seminars at the University of Canterbury are on the web! Generally we - well me, John Fountain - records screen capture and audio of the seminars, add in a little editing when the presenter uses whiteboards or other visual material. But the best part of our seminars - any seminar really - is often the questions/comments and "live interaction" from our intelligent audience. So I spend quite a bit of time editing the audio from a couple of different sources to make this possible.

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