Chris Cotton

Principal Economist

Christopher Cotton is the Principal Economist at Limestone Analytics, where he plays a leading role in research design and management. He is also a Full Professor in the Economics Department at Queen’s University, where he holds the Jarislowsky-Deutsch Chair in Economic and Financial Policy and serves as the Director of the John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy (JDI).

Dr. Cotton has nearly two-decades experience as a professional and academic economist. As an academic researcher, he uses state-of-the-art methods to evaluate impact of programs and policies. He brings the same high standards and rigorous methodologies to our projects at Limestone.

Dr. Cotton earned his PhD from Cornell University. His research regularly publishes in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the American Economic Review, Management Science, and the Journal of Public Economics, and has been profiled in articles in popular outlets such as US News & World Report, Quartz and Forbes. He has also written columns discussing current events for The New York Times, The Washington Post and other outlets, and has often served as an expert source on political and economic issues for national news outlets such as The Globe and Mail, the CBC and the Canadian Press.


  • PhD, Economics, Cornell University, 2008
  • MA, Economics, Cornell University, 2007
  • BA, Economics, Michigan State University, 2001