Chris Cotton

VP Research

Christopher Cotton is a faculty member in the Economics Department at Queen’s University, where he holds the Jarislowsky-Deutsch Chair in Economic and Financial Policy. At Queen’s he also serves as the Director of the prestigious John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy (JDI).

With Limestone Analytics, Dr. Cotton plays a leading role in research design and management. He brings to Limestone 18 years of experience leading academic research projects and publishing in top academic journals, helping to assure that our research adheres to the highest academic standards.

Previously, he was a faculty member at the University of Miami, and a research and teaching assistant at Cornell University. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a consultant conducting impact assessments, policy evaluations, and market feasibility studies for BBK, Ltd. and Anderson Economic Group.

Dr. Cotton’s academic research uses economic modeling, empirical analysis, and randomized experiments to study the impact of various educational policies, social programs, and other public policy interventions. His research publishes in the 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
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