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Dr. David Walls, MCIT, CTL
Professor, Department of Economics, University of Calgary

Dr. Walls completed his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California Irvine in 1992 under the supervision of Arthur De Vany. Also in 1992 he accepted his first academic appointment in the School of Economics & Finance at the University of Hong Kong, where he was socialized into the profession by a group of Sino-economist scholars who were trained to be hard-nosed price theorists. While at HKU he had the honour of co-teaching price theory with the famous Chinese economist Cheung Ng Sheong. In 2001 Dr. Walls moved to the Economics Department of the University of Calgary, a department that encourages the production of applied and policy-relevant research as well as leadership in the area of economic policy.

His research is mostly empirical microeconomics---studies of how markets work in particular industries. In recent years, his main focus has been on the energy, motion-picture, transportation, and gambling industries.

Dr. Walls was Academic Director of the Van Horne Institute's Centre for Regulatory Affairs from 2002-2005 and a Killam Resident Fellow for the Fall 2005 term. Currently he is a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Policy Research and a Senior Fellow of The Carl DeSantis Center for Motion Picture Industry Studies. Additionally, he is the current vice president of the Canadian Association for Energy Economics.

In 2006 Dr. Walls was awarded the Carol and Bruce Mallen Prize for Published Scholarly Contributions to Motion Picture Industry Studies. Previously, Dr. Walls became a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport and a Certified Member of the American Society of Transportation & Logistics, professional designations that reflect his long-standing interest in the transportation industry.

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