The John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy (JDI) is the premier policy-oriented research institute at Queen’s University. It is housed 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.

The 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.

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

Read about John Deutsch.