Barry Watson

Associate Professor


Business, Faculty of

Hazen Hall 311

Saint John
1 506 648 5739

Barry Watson is an associate professor of economics with the Faculty of Business at UNB Saint John. He holds a PhD in economics from Dalhousie University, receiving both the SSHRC Graduate Fellowship and Killam Scholarship during his doctoral studies.

Specializing in health and labour, 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; however, his health insurer has been told he maintains a high degree of risk aversion, with a preference for certainty equivalent pistes.

Selected publications

Watson, B. & Osberg, L. (2019). Can Positive Income Shocks Reverse the Mental Health Impacts of Negative Income Shocks? Economics & Human Biology, 35, 107-122.

Watson, B. & Osberg, L. (2018). Job Insecurity and Mental Health 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.