Director, John Deutsch Institute, and
Jarislowsky-Deutsch Chair in Economic & Financial Policy
Department of Economics, Queen's University
Professor Cotton's research uses game theory and experiments to examine an array of public policy questions. Recent projects study the impact of political debates and media coverage on policy polarization, the costs and benefits of lobbying regulation, and how affirmative action policies affect investments in human capital, among many other topics. His research has appeared in top journals including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Public Economics, AEJ: Microeconomics and Management Science. He has consulted with firms, state and local governments, and non governmental organizations on issues concerning economic development and public policy. Professor Cotton was previously a faculty member in the School of Business Administration at the University of Miami. He earned a Ph.D in Economics from Cornell University in 2008.