QED News Events

  • 2017/06/27 - 8:15am

    Congratulations to Drs. Feir and Gillezeau, and Maggie Jones (PhD candidate at Queen’s University), who were recently presented with the Fred Bateman Award for best paper at the 2017 Economics and Business History Society conference. The winning paper is titled “The Slaughter of the Bison and Reversal of Fortunes on the Great Plains.”

  • 2017/05/17 (All day)

    Ian Keay says even though global free trade is the best option, under some circumstances trade protection can raise Canadian welfare.
  • 2017/04/20 - 1:30pm

    The new PPE (Politics-Philosophy-Economics) undergraduate degree plan has been approved and will be accepting students for the 2017-18 academic year. More details can be found on the QED undergraduate studies web page, or at: http://www.queensu.ca/artsci/programs-and-degrees/interdisciplinary/philosophy-politics-and-economics-specialization

  • 2017/04/03 - 11:15am

    It is with pleasure to announce that the Winner of the 2016 C.A. Curtis Prize is Mr. Michael Kottelenberg for his PhD thesis entitled, “Six Essays Evaluating the Impact of Universal Child Care on Developmental Outcomes in Quebec”, supervised by Professor Steven Lehrer.  Below you will find the abstract for Mr. Kottelenberg’s paper as well as a link to the thesis itself.  Thank you to our 2016 Curtis Prize committee James MacKinnon (Chair), Chris Cotton and Chris Ferrall, for all of their hard work in deciding this prestigious award.

    Six Essays Evaluating the Impact of Universal Child Care on Developmental Outcomes in Quebec

    This thesis examines the impact of universal child care on child development outcomes. Through the case of the Quebec Family Policy, one of the largest and most comprehensive child care policies enacted in North America, the six papers making up this thesis investigate the impact of universal child care on a variety of child outcomes, including cognitive, health, and behavioural, and demonstrate that the effects of this policy are complicated along a number of dimensions. Moving beyond average effects, this research instead considers heterogeneity to produce a more nuanced analysis of the effects of universal child care. This research contributes significantly to debates surrounding best practices in child care policies, and the ways in which child care fits into trends such as gender gaps in education and increasing rates of childhood obesity. The first paper analyzes reporting of negative impacts of the Quebec Family Policy, confirming the notion that universal child care programs weaken individual and family outcomes but suggesting that substantial heterogeneity exists in response to child care attendance. The next paper examines these heterogeneous effects of universal child care through a consideration of differential impact according to child ability levels. Analysis reveals that formal child care can indeed boost developmental outcomes for some children, thus connecting a study of universal child care to the large literature on targeted programs. In the third paper aspects of the health outcomes of universal child care are examined, presenting both a complex image of the impact of child care on Body Mass Index and an initial investigation of the mechanisms driving these outcomes. The fourth paper demonstrates substantial heterogeneity across subgroups defined by child gender, and suggests that the availability of subsidized child care changed home environments disproportionately according to child gender. An analysis of heterogeneity in policy impacts by child age is the subject of the sixth paper, revealing that affects to young children drive the reported negative effects of the policy. Finally, in the sixth paper a triple difference identification strategy is used to consider the differential effects of exposure to policy access.




  • 2017/03/30 - 11:15am

    It is with pleasure to announce that Thor Koeppl is the winner of the 2017 QED Research Prize.  He is the sixteenth recipient of this illustrious award. Thanks to the QED research prize committee which was made up of the last two recipients, Amy Sun (2015) and Chris Cotton (2016).

  • 2017/03/28 (All day)
  • 2017/03/27 (All day)

    Halifax debates developers' influence as Nova Scotia capital undergoes condo boom

    Dr. Cotton says the public is generally not as informed about campaign contributions at the municipal level. His comments also appeared in the Cape Breton Post, the Chronicle Herald and a number other East Coast newspapers.

  • 2017/03/11 (All day)

    CBC Online:  "Why limits on political donations don't necessarily have to be subsidized by tax dollars"

    Dr. Cotton says he isn’t sure why a taxpayer system is the only alternative and adds one option would be to increase the amount individuals can donate.

  • 2017/03/02 - 11:15am

    Thorsten Koeppl,  The Financial Pipeline: What are the causes of inflation.

    Dr. Koeppl says inflation is pretty much determined by an authority that controls the money supply.

  • 2017/02/14 - 10:15am

    Dr. Cotton says imposing a limit and getting rid of the corporate donations would level the playing field in terms of the fundraising.

    Vancouver Province:  Big unions are big donors to NDP but amenable to banning their contributions.