BA Mathematics & Economics (McGill); PhD (McGill)
Areas of specialization: Public finance
Taxation and redistribution
I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and moved with my family to Quebec as a young child. My high school math teacher recommended the math and econ program at McGill and I graduated from McGill with a BA in math and econ in 1969. I spent a year in the econ PhD program at the University of Wisconsin and then returned to McGill where I completed my PhD in 1974; I was a research student at Cambridge University in 1972-73. I taught at McMaster University from 1974-2002, spent sabbaticals at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 1980-81 and University College London 1987-88, and taught at the University of Western Ontario 1993-94 and 1999.
Most of my theoretical research has been on taxation and most of my empirical research has used Canadian microdata to study household behaviour over the life cycle.
- J.B. Burbidge, "Using Distance Functions to Understand Interest Taxation", Canadian Journal of Economics, forthcoming.
- J.B. Burbidge, K.A. Collins, J.B. Davies and L. Magee (2012) "Effective Tax and Subsidy Rates on Human Capital in Canada", Canadian Journal of Economics, 45, pp.189-219.
- J.B. Burbidge and K. Cuff (2009) “Mandatory Retirement and Incentives in University Defined-Benefit Pension Plans”, in M. Abbott, C. Beach, R. Boadway, and J. MacKinnon (eds.), Retirement Policy Issues in Canada (McGill-Queen's University Press: Kingston), pp. 353-374.
- J.B. Burbidge, K. Cuff and J. Leach (2006) “Tax Competition with Heterogeneous Firms,” Journal of Public Economics, 90, pp. 533-549. Special issue published in cooperation with the National Bureau of Economic Research: Proceedings of the Trans-Atlantic Public Economics Seminar on Fiscal Federalism 20–22 May 2004.
- J.B. Burbidge and K. Cuff (2005) “Capital Tax Competition and Returns to Scale,” Regional Science and Urban Economics, 35, pp. 353-373.
- J.B. Burbidge (2004) “Tax Deferred Savings Plans and Interest Deductibility,” Canadian Journal of Economics, 37, pp. 757-767.
- J.B. Burbidge and G.M. Myers (2004) “Tariff Wars and Trade Deals with Costly Government,” Review of International Economics, 12, pp. 543-549.
- J.B. Burbidge, L. Magee and A.L. Robb (2002) “The Education Premium in Canada and the United States,” Canadian Public Policy, 28, pp. 203-214.
- J.B. Burbidge and R. Finnie (2001) “The Inter-Provincial Mobility of Baccalaureate Graduates: Who Moves and When,” Canadian Journal of Regional Science, 23, pp. 377-401.
Work in progress
- J.B. Burbidge, “The Role of Commodity Taxation in Pareto Efficient Tax Structures for Redistribution”.