Mark Watson’s research focuses on time-series econometrics, empirical macroeconomics, and macroeconomic forecasting. He has published articles in these areas and is the author (with James Stock) of Introduction to Econometrics, a leading undergraduate textbook.
In addition to his position on the faculty at Princeton University, Watson is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society. Watson has served on the editorial board of several journals including the American Economic Review, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Econometrica, the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, the Journal of Monetary Economics, and Macroeconomic Dynamics. He currently is a co-editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics. Before coming to Princeton in 1995, Watson served on the economics faculty at Harvard and Northwestern.
Watson did his undergraduate work at Pierce Junior College and California State University at Northridge and completed his Ph.D. at the University of California at San Diego.
Watson has been appointed the institute's 2015 Ta-Chung Liu Distingished Visitor. This honor is made possible by the generosity of Ernest and Joan Liu, who established a visiting scholar’s post in memory of Ernest’s father, Ta-Chung Liu, an eminent econometrician at Cornell University who channeled his scholarly expertise into public service and policymaking, particularly in Taiwan.