Queen's University

Dr. Ian Keay

Professor, Department of Economics

Chair of Undergraduate Studies


After earning my BA, MA, and PhD in Economics, from Queen’s University, McGill University, and the University of British Columbia, respectively, I completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at McGill’s Institute for the Study of Canada.  I have been teaching at Queen’s since 2000, where I am now a Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the Economics Department.  My research interests include industrial productivity measurement, the long run sustainability of commercial marine mammal harvests, the interaction between aboriginal and commercial property rights claims, industrial development in small-open, resource-intensive economies, and the dynamic effects of trade protection.  Throughout my career, I have taught and supervised students in the areas of Canadian Economic Policy, Ecological Economics, Environmental Economics, Macroeconomic Theory, and International and North American Economic History.

Most Recent Project

Trade policy and industrial development: iron and steel in a small open economy, 1870−1913

Canadian Economics JournalIn this paper we argue that effective tariff protection during the late 19th century triggered dynamic productivity effects in Canada, including investment in new, technologically advanced blast furnaces that were capable of accommodating rapid output expansion.

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Other Projects

  • Property Rights, Resource Access, and Long-Run Growth

    Empirical Law JournalIn this article we use four Canadian Supreme Court decisions that have substantively contributed to the constitutional recognition of aboriginal rights to assess the impact that changes in the security of commercial property rights have had on long-run macroeconomic performance.

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