About the JDI

The John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy (JDI) is a research institute in the Department of Economics at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. The JDI was originally called the John Deutsch Memorial Fund for the Study of Economic Policy, which was established in 1976 to honour the memory of John Deutsch, a renowned Canadian economist, Queen’s alumnus, public servant, and former Principal of Queen’s University.

Our central purpose of the JDI is to is to enable and promote academic research that informs policy making in Canada and abroad. The JDI focuses on policy-relevant quantitative research in economics and related fields. In particular, we aim to draw attention to policy relevant research that is being done by academic economists at Queen's University and elsewhere in Canada, and to encourage leading academic researchers to devote more attention to important policy questions.

Although a significant portion of academic research offers important insights into policy, it often fails to gain the attention of policymakers and shape policy. Through our Economics and Policy blog, and our conferences and workshops that bring together researchers working on similar policy questions, we work to draw attention to the policy contributions of leading academic researchers, and to provide outlets for leading academic researchers to offer insights into policy.

Current and Past Directors

Christopher Cotton, 2016-present
Christopher Ferrall, 2009-2016
Charles Beach, 2001-2009
Thomas Courchene, 1993-2001
Douglas Purvis, 1984-1987, 1990-1993
David C. Smith, 1976-1984

Other people
Affiliated faculty and staff

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Contact us via email at jdi@queensu.ca.