Craig Brett

Professor, economics

Craig Brett

Contact Information

(506) 364-2532
Avard-Dixon G21 (via G17)
Office hours
MW 1030-1120; Tu 1000-1200
Other websites

As a teacher, I specialize in microeconomics and econometrics. My goal is to help students think in a structured, logical way about economics issues and policies. I also want to help them understand how to use data and evidence to decide among competing claims.

As a researcher, I study taxes in their various forms.

And remember: When you see a number on the street, ask it, "Are you a big number or a small number?"

Curriculum vitae


PhD (Econ), University of British Columbia, 1996
MA (Econ), University of British Columbia, 1992
BA, Hons. (Econ and Math), Mount Allison University, 1991


Currently On Sabbatical

Research interests

Optimal taxation: income taxes, migration, commodity taxes
Political economy: voting over income taxes, earmarked taxes
Tax-transfer policy: workfare
General: effects of demographic change on redistributive policies

Current Research Projects
Voting over Nonlinear Income Taxes (with John Weymark) 
Nonlinear Income Taxes and Equal Opportunity (with Laurence Jacquet and Robin Boadway)
Redistribution and Long-Term Care
Probabilistic Voting over Income Taxes
Nonlinear Income Taxes with General Equilibrium Wage Determination (with Laurence Jacquet)


Felix Bierbrauer, Craig Brett and John A. Weymark (2013) Strategic Nonlinear Income Tax Competition with Perfect Labor Mobility, Games and Economic Behavior, 82: 292-311.

Craig Brett (2012) The Effects of Population Aging on Optimal Redistributive Taxes in an Overlapping Generations Model, International Tax and Public Finance, 19: 777-799.

Craig Brett and John A. Weymark (2008) The Impact of Changing Skill Levels on Optimal Nonlinear Income Taxes, Journal of Public Economics 92: 1765-1771.

Craig Brett (2007) Optimal Nonlinear Taxes for Families, International Tax and Public Finance 14: 225-261.

Joris Pinkse, Margaret Slade and Craig Brett (2002) Spatial Price Competition: A Semi-Parametric Approach, Econometrica 70: 1111-1153.

Craig Brett and Joris Pinkse (2000) The Determinants of Municipal Tax Rates in British Columbia, Canadian Journal of Economics 33: 695-714.

Craig Brett and Michael Keen (2000) Political Uncertainty and the Earmarking of Environmental Taxes, Journal of Public Economics 75: 315-340.

Craig Brett (1998) Who Should Be on Workfare? The Use of Work Requirements as Part of the Optimal Tax Mix, Oxford Economic Papers 50: 607-622.

Links to Working Papers (unpublished)
Workforce or Workfare? The Optimal Use of Work Requirements when Labor is Supplied along the Extensive Margin (with Laurence Jacquet), THEMA Working Papers 2012-40.Optimal Nonlinear Taxation of Income and Savings without Commitment (with John Weymark), Vanderbilt University Working Paper No. 08-W05.
A Note on Nonlinear Taxation in an Overlapping Generations Model, Munich Personal RePEc Archive.