Victor Couture

Assistant Professor
phone 604 822 9932
location_on Iona Building 155

Research Area

About

My research is in urban economics and transportation. Current projects investigate the consequences of gentrification, the potential for e-commerce to reduce spatial inequality, the efficiency of urban transportation systems, and preferences for social interactions. I received my PhD from the University of Toronto in 2013, and worked as an assistant professor of real estate at UC Berkeley before joining UBC in 2020.


Research

Please click on paper titles for abstracts and full text downloads.

PUBLICATIONS

JUE Insight: Measuring Movement and Social Contact with Smartphone Data: a Real-Time Application to Covid-19. (with Jonathan Dingel (Chicago), Allison Green (Princeton), Jessie Handbury (Wharton), and Kevin Williams (Yale) Journal of Urban Economics, Accepted, 2021

Repository of smartphone movement data for Covid19 research: PlaceIQ County-level Human Exposure Indexes

Connecting the Countryside via E-commerce: Evidence from China. (with Ben Faber (UC Berkeley), Yizhen Gu (Jinan), and Lizhi Liu (Georgetown)) American Economic Review: Insights, Forthcoming, 2020

Urban Revival in America. (with Jessie Handbury (Wharton)) Journal of Urban Economics, Volume 119, September 2020

Speed. (with Gilles Duranton (Wharton) and Matt Turner (Brown)) Review of Economics and Statistics, Volume 100, October 2018.

Knowledge Spillovers in Cities: An Auction Approach. Journal of Economic Theory, Volume 157, May 2015.

WORKING PAPERS

Mobility and Congestion in Urban India. (with Prottoy Akbar (Pittsburgh), Gilles Duranton (Wharton), and Adam Storeygard (Tufts)) May 2021, Revise and Resubmit, American Economic Review.

Income Growth and the Distributional Effects of Urban Spatial Sorting. (with Cecile Gaubert (UC Berkeley), Jessie Handbury (Wharton), and Erik Hurst (Chicago)) January 2020, Revise and Resubmit, Review of Economic Studies.

Valuing the Consumption Benefits of Urban Density. September 2016, Reject and Resubmit, American Economic Journal: Econ Policy.

LECTURES
Big Data in Spatial Economics I - Overview of Current and Future Research

Big Data in Spatial Economics II - Working with Big Data

 

WORK IN PROGRESS

Quantifying Social Interactions Using Smartphone Data, with Jonathan Dingel (Chicago), Allison Green (Princeton), and Jessie Handbury (Wharton)

The Gains from Online Integration: Theory and Evidence from China, with Ben Faber (UC Berkeley), Cecile Gaubert (UC Berkeley), and Yizhen Gu (Jinan)

Accessibility in Urban India, with Prottoy Akbar (Pittsburgh), Gilles Duranton (Wharton), and Adam Storeygard (Tufts)


Additional Description


Victor Couture

Assistant Professor
phone 604 822 9932
location_on Iona Building 155

My research is in urban economics and transportation. Current projects investigate the consequences of gentrification, the potential for e-commerce to reduce spatial inequality, the efficiency of urban transportation systems, and preferences for social interactions. I received my PhD from the University of Toronto in 2013, and worked as an assistant professor of real estate at UC Berkeley before joining UBC in 2020.

Please click on paper titles for abstracts and full text downloads.

PUBLICATIONS

JUE Insight: Measuring Movement and Social Contact with Smartphone Data: a Real-Time Application to Covid-19. (with Jonathan Dingel (Chicago), Allison Green (Princeton), Jessie Handbury (Wharton), and Kevin Williams (Yale) Journal of Urban Economics, Accepted, 2021

Repository of smartphone movement data for Covid19 research: PlaceIQ County-level Human Exposure Indexes

Connecting the Countryside via E-commerce: Evidence from China. (with Ben Faber (UC Berkeley), Yizhen Gu (Jinan), and Lizhi Liu (Georgetown)) American Economic Review: Insights, Forthcoming, 2020

Urban Revival in America. (with Jessie Handbury (Wharton)) Journal of Urban Economics, Volume 119, September 2020

Speed. (with Gilles Duranton (Wharton) and Matt Turner (Brown)) Review of Economics and Statistics, Volume 100, October 2018.

Knowledge Spillovers in Cities: An Auction Approach. Journal of Economic Theory, Volume 157, May 2015.

WORKING PAPERS

Mobility and Congestion in Urban India. (with Prottoy Akbar (Pittsburgh), Gilles Duranton (Wharton), and Adam Storeygard (Tufts)) May 2021, Revise and Resubmit, American Economic Review.

Income Growth and the Distributional Effects of Urban Spatial Sorting. (with Cecile Gaubert (UC Berkeley), Jessie Handbury (Wharton), and Erik Hurst (Chicago)) January 2020, Revise and Resubmit, Review of Economic Studies.

Valuing the Consumption Benefits of Urban Density. September 2016, Reject and Resubmit, American Economic Journal: Econ Policy.

LECTURES
Big Data in Spatial Economics I - Overview of Current and Future Research

Big Data in Spatial Economics II - Working with Big Data

 

WORK IN PROGRESS

Quantifying Social Interactions Using Smartphone Data, with Jonathan Dingel (Chicago), Allison Green (Princeton), and Jessie Handbury (Wharton)

The Gains from Online Integration: Theory and Evidence from China, with Ben Faber (UC Berkeley), Cecile Gaubert (UC Berkeley), and Yizhen Gu (Jinan)

Accessibility in Urban India, with Prottoy Akbar (Pittsburgh), Gilles Duranton (Wharton), and Adam Storeygard (Tufts)

Victor Couture

Assistant Professor
phone 604 822 9932
location_on Iona Building 155

My research is in urban economics and transportation. Current projects investigate the consequences of gentrification, the potential for e-commerce to reduce spatial inequality, the efficiency of urban transportation systems, and preferences for social interactions. I received my PhD from the University of Toronto in 2013, and worked as an assistant professor of real estate at UC Berkeley before joining UBC in 2020.

Please click on paper titles for abstracts and full text downloads.

PUBLICATIONS

JUE Insight: Measuring Movement and Social Contact with Smartphone Data: a Real-Time Application to Covid-19. (with Jonathan Dingel (Chicago), Allison Green (Princeton), Jessie Handbury (Wharton), and Kevin Williams (Yale) Journal of Urban Economics, Accepted, 2021

Repository of smartphone movement data for Covid19 research: PlaceIQ County-level Human Exposure Indexes

Connecting the Countryside via E-commerce: Evidence from China. (with Ben Faber (UC Berkeley), Yizhen Gu (Jinan), and Lizhi Liu (Georgetown)) American Economic Review: Insights, Forthcoming, 2020

Urban Revival in America. (with Jessie Handbury (Wharton)) Journal of Urban Economics, Volume 119, September 2020

Speed. (with Gilles Duranton (Wharton) and Matt Turner (Brown)) Review of Economics and Statistics, Volume 100, October 2018.

Knowledge Spillovers in Cities: An Auction Approach. Journal of Economic Theory, Volume 157, May 2015.

WORKING PAPERS

Mobility and Congestion in Urban India. (with Prottoy Akbar (Pittsburgh), Gilles Duranton (Wharton), and Adam Storeygard (Tufts)) May 2021, Revise and Resubmit, American Economic Review.

Income Growth and the Distributional Effects of Urban Spatial Sorting. (with Cecile Gaubert (UC Berkeley), Jessie Handbury (Wharton), and Erik Hurst (Chicago)) January 2020, Revise and Resubmit, Review of Economic Studies.

Valuing the Consumption Benefits of Urban Density. September 2016, Reject and Resubmit, American Economic Journal: Econ Policy.

LECTURES
Big Data in Spatial Economics I - Overview of Current and Future Research

Big Data in Spatial Economics II - Working with Big Data

 

WORK IN PROGRESS

Quantifying Social Interactions Using Smartphone Data, with Jonathan Dingel (Chicago), Allison Green (Princeton), and Jessie Handbury (Wharton)

The Gains from Online Integration: Theory and Evidence from China, with Ben Faber (UC Berkeley), Cecile Gaubert (UC Berkeley), and Yizhen Gu (Jinan)

Accessibility in Urban India, with Prottoy Akbar (Pittsburgh), Gilles Duranton (Wharton), and Adam Storeygard (Tufts)