Barry Watson

Associate Professor


Business, Faculty of

Hazen Hall 311

Saint John
1 506 453 4828

Joining the faculty in 2014, Barry Watson is an associate professor of economics within the Faculty of Business. He holds a PhD in economics from Dalhousie University, receiving both the SSHRC Graduate Fellowship as well as Killam Scholarship during his doctoral studies.

Specializing in health and labour economics, Dr. Watson has published in several highly recognized journals including Social Science & Medicine and the Review of Income and Wealth.

Barry has taught courses ranging from first-year introductory microeconomics to fourth-year advanced mathematics and received the UNB Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2017.

In addition to his service at UNB Saint John, Dr. Watson is the vice president of the Atlantic Canada Economics Association and has taught courses at the Shandong University of Finance and Economics.

Outside of academia, Barry is an avid snowboarder, mountaineer and surfer.

Selected publications

Watson, B. & Osberg, L. (2018). Job Insecurity and Mental Heath in Canada. Applied Economics, 50 (38), 4137-4152.

Watson, B. (2018). Does Economic Insecurity Cause Weight Gain Among Canadian Labour Force Participants? Review of Income and Wealth, 64(2), 406-427.

Watson, B. & Osberg, L. (2017). Healing and/or Breaking? The Mental Health Implications of Repeated Economic Insecurity. Social Science & Medicine, 188, 119-127.

Watson, B., Osberg, L., & Phipps, S. (2016). Economic Insecurity and the Weight Gain of Canadian Adults: A Natural Experiment Approach. Canadian Public Policy, 42(2), 115-131.

Letourneau, N., Whitty, P., Watson, B., Phillips, J., & Joshko, J. (2015). The Influence of Newborn Early Literacy Intervention Programs in Three Canadian Provinces. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 14, 1-21.

Letourneau, N., Tryphonopolous, P., Giesbrecht, G., Dennis, C., Bhogal, S., & Watson, B. (2015). Narrative and meta-analytic review of interventions aiming to improve maternal-child attachment security. Infant Mental Health Journal, 36(4), 366-387.