Research Groups

COVID-19 and Crisis Response

Faculty from the Queen’s Economics Department have been heavily involved in shaping the policy response to COVID-19 both in Canada and internationally. They have provided economic projections for local, provincial, and national governments, and they have been invited to participate on panels and working groups for organizations including the Royal Society of Canada’s COVID-19 Task Force, the C.D. Howe Institute, and Canada Global’s COVID Strategic Choices initiative. 

Group Lead: Christopher Cotton

Affiliated Faculty: Thorsten Koeppl, Huw Lloyd-Ellis, Robert Clark, Bahman Kashi, Frank Milne, David Longworth

Macroeconomic Policy

The working group on macroeconomic policy conducts research on a broad set of macroeconomic issues, including monetary policy, trade, housing markets, and inequality. The group hosts the annual QED Frontiers of Macroeconomics conference and workshop series.

Mortgage and Banking Regulation

The working group on mortgage and banking regulation supports faculty and student research on housing markets and financial regulation. It hosts the annual Financial Intermediation and Regulation Conference Series as well as keynote speakers during the Canadian Economic Association annual conference.

Group Lead: Rob Clark

Affiliated Faculty: Mons Chan, Richard Gil, Allen Head, Amy Hongfei Sun, Thorsten Koeppl, Frank Milne, Roger Ware, Nahim Bin Zahur

Economic Development

Members of the working group on economic development are heavily involved in both academic research and the evaluation of economic development projects for organizations such as USAID, UK Aid, MCC, World Vision, Nutrition International, the World Bank, and the WHO, among others. The group includes experts on a wide range of topics including cost benefit analysis, program evaluation, results-based funding opportunities, and economic growth.

Group Lead: Huw Lloyd-Ellis

Affiliated Faculty: Christopher Cotton, Glenn Jenkins, Bahman Kashi, Bev Lapham, Sumon Majumdar, Henry Schneider


Education Policy

The working group on education supports faculty and student research on macroeconomic and microeconomic aspects of human capital development and education policy. It focuses on theory driven applied research, as well as program and policy evaluation in Canada, the US, and internationally.

Group Lead: Brant Abbott

Affiliated Faculty: Christopher Cotton, Weili Ding, Steven Lehrer, Sitian Liu, Karen Ye 

Experimental Economics

The experimental economics working group supports faculty and student research involving laboratory and field experiments. The working group is closely linked to the UChicago-UCEMA Joint Initiative for Latin American Experimental Economics (JILAEE), where Prof. Karen Ye is an Assistant Director. The JDI supports student travel to participate in JILAEE events or to work on affiliated experiments.  

Group Lead: Karen Ye

Affiliated Faculty: Christopher Cotton, Henry Schneider, and Anita Tusche

Canadian Public Economic Group (CPEG)

The JDI provides administrative support for the Canadian Economic Association’s CPEG study group. It also helps organize and sponsor the annual CPEG meeting.