2018 APEBC Vancouver Holiday Social

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Tuesday 19 December 2017, 16:30 - 19:30


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APEBC Vancouver Holiday Social - Tuesday, December 19th


APEBC is proud to sponsor another annual holiday social!

We have invited Sibyl Song (UBC MA candidate) to present her award-winning research on online dating, Who Wants to Find a Lover Online and Why? – A Study of The Determinants of Online Dating Usage and The Effect of First-Time Meeting Venue on Relationship Outcomes.” Light refreshments will be served.

After Sibyl’s presentation, we will head to the Elephant & Castle pub. Stop by to mingle with your fellow APEBC members and hear about the exciting speakers we have lined up for next year. APEBC will sponsor appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages.

We would love to see you at either or both events! Attendance is FREE but please RSVP.


Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017

  • 4:30PM - Presentation: MNP Reading Room, Suite 2200 – 1021 West Hastings Street
  • 5:30PM - Pub Social: Elephant & Castle, 385 Burrard Street


Cost: FREE for members, registration required.

PLEASE REGISTER AT:  www.cabe.ca/apebcstore 
Registration closes 5 p.m. Monday, December 18, 2017


Abstract: Online dating (OD) has gained increasing popularity in the marriage market. While previous scholars have studied various aspects of online dating such as personal and demographic characteristics of online daters, efficient matching algorithm, and factors affecting the quality of relationships, there is still space for expansion of knowledge in this field. This paper is therefore an integrated investigation on the determinants of OD usage and the effect of online vs. offline first-time meeting venue on the quality and long-term stability of relationships. I use data from a national telephone survey conducted from April 17th to May 19th in 2013 by Princeton Survey Research Associates International for the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project to explore the issues. Economic models based on expected utility theory are constructed to predict the decisions on dating activities. Binary choice model and Probit regression are utilized to estimate the average marginal effects of demographic and social determinants on the propensity to use OD services and involve in certain OD related activities. Results suggest behavioural and perceptual sociability online is positively correlated with OD usage, and some demographic effects are not robust when sociability is controlled. First-time meeting venue does not affect the quality and long-term stability of relationships. This paper helps discover the decision-making process on OD usage and sheds light on the improvement of online matching algorithms.


About the Speaker: Sibyl Xuemin Song is an economics student at Vancouver School of Economics (VSE) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with honours and is currently working toward a Master of Arts degree in economics at VSE. She did an internship in Bank of China Hainan branch in Haikou city in China, worked as a research assistant with Professor Michael Peters at UBC on applied mechanism design, participated in the Bank of Canada Governor's Challenge as a member of UBC team, and presented her honours thesis in the Canadian Economics Association (CEA) 51th Annual Conference in Nova Scotia this early June as one of the 11 selected undergraduate students across Canada. She won the Bank of Canada Student Award - Best Poster Presentation. She may pursue a PhD degree in economics or work in the industry after graduation from the MA program at UBC.


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