Managing Editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives

I am the managing editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, based at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, which can be read for free on-line courtesy of the American Economic Association. I am the author of two books: "The Instant Economist: Everything You Need to Know ... more


Nitrous Oxide, Agriculture, And Climate Change
The climate change policy agenda needs to be multidimensional, addressing the issue from many different angles.
What Is Behind People’s Views On Tax Policy?
When economists study taxation, they typically separate two issues: one is the distributional issue of which groups are paying more or less; the other is the ways in which taxes reduce efficient economic incentives for work, savings, and so on.
Taxation Tales And The Window Tax
Tax stories from the past, we hope to show, can be entertaining—sometimes in a weird way, sometimes in a gruesome one, and sometimes simply because they are fascinating in themselves.
What Is Behind People's Views On Tax Policy?
When economists study taxation, they typically separate two issues: one is the distributional issue of which groups are paying more or less; the other is the ways in which taxes reduce efficient economic incentives for work, savings, investment.
Interview: Unemployment And Labor Markets
It is important to remember that labor markets always have, at the same time, both unemployed workers who are looking for jobs and employers who have job vacancies.
The Slow Magic From Agricultural R&D
For much of human history, a majority of people have worked in agriculture. In the countries of sub-Saharan Africa, about half of all workers are currently in agriculture--more in lower-income countries.


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Work Experience


Stanford University
1982 / 1984
Haverford College
1978 / 1982
Economics & Political Science


Principles of Economics: Economics and the Economy
Timothy Taylor
Textbook Media Inc.

Introductory college textbook. Third edition published in 2014. 

The Instant Economist: Everything You Need to Know About How the Economy Works
Timothy Taylor
Penguin Books

The Only Economics Book You Will Ever Need. Economics isn't just about numbers: it's about politics, psychology, history, and so much more. We are all economists - when we work, save for the future, invest, pay taxes, and buy our groceries. Yet many of us feel lost when the subject arises. The Instant Economist offers the knowledge and sophistication to understand the issues - so you can understand and discuss economics on a personal, national, and global level.