Queen's International Institute on Social Policy

Queen's International Institute on Social Policy
Queen's International Institute on Social Policy


August 20 - 21, 2019

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Kingston, ON

Presentations and Videos

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Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5

​​​Session 6

Session 7


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Videos of the each presentation are available on YouTube.  View the full playlist by using this link or copy and paste the following URL into your browser - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL57JJtmhwgXl_qO2gS4GduHIbunlm93DD


Policy Options Articles

Policy Options is an online forum published by IRPP.  Canadian and international experts tackled themes based on inclusive prosperity at the Queen’s International Institute on Social Policy in August 2019.  This series highlights some of the analysis they shared at the conference.

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PolicyOptions Valerie Cerra, IMF [image]
March 25, 2020 - Policies for inclusive growth are essential for our time
Valerie Cerra,
Assistant Director and division Chief, Institute for Capacity Development, International Monetary Fund (IMF)


PolicyOptions Robert Moffitt, Johns Hopkins University [image]
March 15, 2020 - Lessons from the US on reducing child poverty
Robert Moffitt,
Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics, Johns Hopkins University


PolicyOptions Wendy Cukier, Diversity Institute [image]
March 13, 2020 - The future of work is based on assumptions we need to challenge
Wendy Cukier,
Director, Diversity Institute


PolicyOptions Laura McDonough, UWGT  [image]
March 11, 2020 - How infrastructure funding can create ladders to opportunity
Laura McDonough,
Senior Manager, Research, Public Policy and Evaluation, United Way Greater Toronto


PolicyOptions Sarah Doyle, Brookfield institute  [image]
March 10, 2020 - Canada's investments in innovation need to be bolder
Sarah Doyle,
Director of Policy and Research, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship


PolicyOptions Mike Veall, McMaster Universtiy  [image]
March 9, 2020 - Income inequality has risen in Canada, but not in a straight line
Michael R. Veall, 
Professor of Economics, McMaster University; director of the Productivity Partnership, Principal Investigator Canadian Research Data Centre network


PolicyOptions Andrew Parkin, Environics  [image]
March 6, 2020 -Last election marked shift in the type of growth Canadians are seeking
Andrew Parkin, Executive Director, Environics Institute for Survey Research


PolicyOptions Laura Gardiner, Resolution Foundation UK  [image]
March 5, 2020 -Why we should resist assumptions about the job market and inequality
Laura Gardiner, Research Director, Resolution Foundation in London, England


PolicyOptions Brian Nolan  [image]
March 4, 2020 - Is there a "grand narrative" of inequality in rich countries?
Brian Nolan, Professor, Department of Social Policy and Social Intervention, University of Oxford


PolicyOptions Anna Triandafyllidou Ryerson  [image]
March 3, 2020 - Is Europe moving away from integration toward exclusion?
Anna TriandafyllidouCanada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration, Ryerson University


PolicyOptions Marco Mifa d'Ercole, OECD [image]
March 2, 2020 - Time for new measures of economic success and social well-being?
Marco MIra d'Ercole, Head of Household Statistics, OECD Statistics and Data Directorate



For decades, the trend line of economic progress, as measured by aggregate indicators such as GDP growth, has been positive across OECD countries. Most economies have recovered from the global financial crisis of 2008. When you look beyond the aggregates, however, a different picture emerges; the benefits of economic prosperity have not been equally distributed:  income levels and growth have become increasingly unequal; some sectors, occupations and regions have thrived while others have not; labour’s share of income has declined; and wealth has become highly concentrated at the top of the distribution.

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If anything, these trends will be amplified in the years ahead as technological change risks further polarizing labour markets, more low and middle income families struggle to make ends meet, and work becomes increasingly precarious for many. In sum, economic growth has become decoupled from broad-based societal benefits. Some people are being left behind. Others feel they can’t get ahead. Many feel the ‘system’ is not fair.  

Social integration is also at risk.  Economic pressures threaten to deepen fissures in the fabric of Canadian life, dividing the highly skilled and the less skilled, the young and the elderly, the native born and newcomers, people in different regions, rural and urban communities. If trust in each other and in governments is weakened, if levels of conflict grow, our ability to handle the technological and demographic challenges before us will be compromised.

For the first time in decades, many are turning their attention to finding pathways for more inclusive growth. Economic dogma and fixed pro-market prescriptions are being assailed from the ‘right’ and the ‘left” and by professional economists. But if traditional liberal economic policy frameworks have failed, what policy approaches will be more effective at advancing economic inclusion, opportunity and prosperity?

The 2019 Queen’s International Institute on Social Policy (QIISP) will explore this policy frontier. For decades, policymakers, whether focused on trade or infrastructure or innovation or housing or social programs, have used standard policy frameworks premised on trade-offs between efficiency and equity. The rationale for public policy has typically been predicated on narrow view of market failures, surgical interventions and after-the-fact consideration of distributional and adjustment issues. Now is the time to turn conventional thinking on its head – to look at how the rules of the market and the design of public policies can work better for everyone.

The School of Policy Studies at Queen's University and the conference organizers
gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors:


2019 QIISP Sponsor logos: ESDC, IRCC, Region of Peel, CIty of Toronto