QED News Events

  • 2018/04/12 (All day)

    "Low on trust and high on volatility: Can Bitcoin find a reason to exist beyond shady transactions?"  Thorsten Koeppl says that while Bitcoin’s future remains uncertain, the fact that this technology has been created is symbolically very important.

  • 2018/04/11 (All day)

    Low on trust and high on volatility: Can Bitcoin find a reason to exist beyond shady transactions? Thorsten Koeppl says the concept of having a blockchain where you do not have to have intermediates is quite transformational and goes beyond cryptocurrencies.

  • 2018/04/05 (All day)

    It is with great pleasure that we wish to congratulate our MA student, Fanny McKellips, who was the recipient of the "Master's Scholarship Award for Women in Economics and Finance" from the Bank of Canada.

    The Bank of Canada announced on March 5, 2018,  the first ever recipients of its Master’s Scholarship Award for Women in Economics and Finance. This award, announced in September 2017, is designed to attract and advance women in the core areas of the Bank’s work, where they are under-represented. A $10,000 scholarship is combined with an offer of permanent employment at the Bank upon successful completion of a master’s degree by a recipient.  

    For full release details on March 5, 2018 click here.

  • 2018/03/08 (All day)

    Father Raymond J. De Souza shared his thoughts on the recent Jordan Peterson lecture in the National Post.















  • 2018/03/01 (All day)

    An article from Inside Science gives reference to Maggie Jones (et al) paper entitled "The Slaughter of the North American Bison and Reversal of Fortunes on the Great Plain".   Access to Maggie's paper presented at the "Issues in Native American Economic Development" hosted by the American Economic Association held January 5, 2018 can be found here.



  • 2018/01/15 (All day)

    Globe and Mail: The painful lesson that pot and bitcoin investors have yet to learn, an AI stock pick, and the chill that's hit bonds.

    MoneySense: What are those pot stock investors smoking?

    Allan Gregory says despite being valued well into the billions of dollars, many cannabis companies have not yet generated profits.

  • 2018/01/11 (All day)

    Investors are delusional when it comes to Canadian marijuana companies. Allan Gregory writes that investors should recall the dot com bubble before investing in cannabis companies.

  • 2018/01/10 (All day)

    The Scarthingmoor Prize is awarded each year to the best MA essay.   We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2016-2017 Scarthingmoor Prize in Economics is:   Daniel Lam, “ MONETARY-FISCAL REGIMES AND CANADA’S MULTIPLIER EFFECT” (Currently working Conference Board of Canada ).

    Abstract: “I investigate the effects of debt-financed government on the Canadian economy using a dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model with Bayesian estimated parameters that are inferred from four macroeconomic time series. The focus of the analysis is on the differences in fiscal multipliers produced under two distinct monetary-fiscal policy regimes, before-and-after the Great Recession. To maximize the multiplier effects of Canadian government investments, my findings recommend a combination of moderate inflation-stabilizing monetary policy and lenient debt-stabilizing fiscal policy.”

    Please join in congratulating Daniel and his respective supervisor, Thor Koeppl.  We would like to thank the committee, consisting of Allan Gregory (chair), Marie-Louise Viero and Amy Sun for their work in choosing a winner among many fine submissions.

  • 2017/12/01 - 10:30am
    Queen's Economics Department

    Congratulations to the QED team, named national finalists in the Bank of Canada Governor's challenge. The team consists of 4th-year undergraduate students Will Cross-Bermingham, Heather McCandless, Connor Neff, Elise Nelson, and Shiyuan Qu. This year 27 universities competed. The Queen's team won their pool and are one of five teams in the finals, which will take place in Ottawa in February 2018.  For more information see the Bank's news release at http://www.bankofcanada.ca/2017/11/bank-canada-announces-finalists-third-annual-governors-challenge/

  • 2017/11/10 - 8:30am

    Morten Nielsen has been renewed as a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Time Series Econometrics. Morten's research develops new and improved statistical methods for analyzing time-series data.  Such methods are widely used in applied macro-economics, financial economics, and many other fields.