Brief Biography of Neil Bruce

Neil Bruce is currently the Paul F. Glaser Professor of Economics at the University of Washington in Seattle. After completing his B.A. and M.A. in Canada, he earned his Ph.D. in Economics (1975) at the University of Chicago, where he studied Public Finance with Arnold C. Harberger. He was a faculty member at Queen’s University in Canada from 1974-1991, and he also held visiting appointments at Stanford University, UCLA, the University of Colorado (Boulder), and the University of Washington. He joined the University of Washington Economics Department as a permanent member in 1991, and has remained there since. He served as Chair of the Department from 2001 to 2006.

Bruce specializes in Public Finance, teaching courses to graduate and undergraduates supervising numerous dissertations on the subject. He has published widely on taxation, public goods, social security and welfare in professional journals and books. He is co-author, with Robin Boadway, of Welfare Economics (Blackwell, 1984) and authored Public Finance in the American Economy (Addison Wesley, 2001). He received grants to study the reform of the Canadian Federal tax system and has acted as a consultant to governments and businesses. He served on the Washington State Tax Structure Committee in 2001-02 and currently serves on the Economic Advisory Council to Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire.

In recent years, Bruce has collaborated with Professor Stephen J. Turnovsky in constructing computational demographic models of economic growth.