William Watson

Department of Economics


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Leacock Building, Rm 506 [Map]
855 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7
514-398-4400 Ext. 09137 [Office]


PhD Yale University

Curriculum vitae

Research interests

Trade policy, public finance, Canadian public policy in general


William Watson has taught economics at McGill since 1977 and served as Department chair from 2005 to 2010. Born and raised in Montreal and educated at McGill and Yale, he is a Senior Research Fellow at Montreal’s Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) and a Research Fellow at the C. D. Howe Institute in Toronto. In 1997 he took a 21-month leave from McGill and served as editorial pages editor of the Ottawa Citizen. From 1998 to 2002 he edited the IRPP’s magazine, Policy Options politiques. His 1998 book, Globalization and the Meaning of Canadian Life, was runner-up for the Donner Prize for best Canadian policy book of the year. He writes on economics and other matters weekly in the National Post and every other week in the Ottawa Citizen. In 1989 a story of his in Saturday Night magazine won the National Magazine Awards Gold Medal for humour.