COVID-19 Research

As one of Canada’s most policy-forward economics departments, researchers at the Queen’s Economics Department (QED) and the John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy (JDI) have been actively working to understand the impact of COVID-19 and the policy response to the pandemic.

QED faculty and graduate students, in partnership with Limestone Analytics, have developed the STUDIO model, a framework designed to assess the economic impact shocks, including disasters and pandemics. Currently, a dashboard is available to explore the economic impact of COVID-19 for Ontario. The team is led by Prof. Huw Lloyd Ellis and Prof. Christopher Cotton, JDI Director. Read more in the Queen’s Gazette and the Financial Post.

This same team of researchers is part of a major federally-funded, multi-partner initiative to bring together economic forecasts, health projections, high-capacity computing, and AI-driven risk analysis into a single analytics platform for policymakers across Canada. Read about project Looking Glass on the site of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster.

Other members of the JDI and QED have been engaging policymakers and the general public through policy advising and writing for various blogs and news outlets. Prof. Thor Koeppl is a member of the CD Howe Institute’s Crisis Working Group and Monetary Policy Council. Read some examples of the faculty’s COVID-19 writing here and here.

About the JDI

The John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy (JDI) has been the premier policy-oriented research institute at Queen’s University for more than 40 years.

The JDI actively builds connections between leading academic researchers, government leaders, and practitioners. It provides support for policy-relevant research among faculty and graduate students, works to translate the insights from academic research for real world applications, and fosters relationships with policy makers and organizations.

The JDI is housed in the Queen’s Economics Department (QED), one of the leading economics departments and graduate programs in Canada.

At the JDI…


Our faculty regularly engage policymakers, governments, and organizations on their areas of expertise. Such interactions serve to convey academic insights to real world practitioners, but also provide our faculty and graduate students with insights from the real world which that can help ensure the relevance of their academic research.


The JDI supports workshops and conferences that enable the dissemination of policy-relevant research. These include events at Queen’s University, as well as policy lectures at other distinguished conferences and events. The JDI helps manage the operations of the Canadian Economic Association’s Canadian Public Economic Group (CPEG). Additionally, the JDI helps facilitate the QED’s professional education programs providing training on evaluation to leadership and staff from major NGOs, donor organizations and governments from around the world.


The JDI is the home of several research groups that support the collaboration of faculty and graduate students from Queen’s and other universities, as well as with policymakers and practitioners. The JDI also works to help academic researchers translate their research for non-academic audiences, and provides research support and small grants to QED graduate students to help with direct research and travel expenses for data collection, analysis, and dissemination.

Professional education

Program on Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis (PIARA)

An intensive summer program run by the John Deutsch International Executive Education Program designed to provide detailed training on applying economic tools to assess the benefits and costs of government projects.

Certified Professional Impact Analyst (CPIA) Program @ Queen’s

Providing training to governments, NGOs and donor organizations involved with social sector and international development programs. The focus is on defining impact, understanding costs, and better incorporating evaluation and evidence at all stages of a project cycle.

Leading Research, Driving Policy

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JDI Research Areas

Education & Human Capital Investment

Markets & Regulation
Banking & Finance
Public Economics
Defense & Security
Macro Policy