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Michael H. Taylor

Research Assistant Professor

Michael Taylor

Department of Economics Center for Resource Economics

University of Nevada, Reno/Mail Stop 0204

1664 North Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada 89557
Tel: (775) 784-1679
Office: Ansari Business, 521C

Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of environmental and natural resource economics, agricultural economics, and regional economic development. My previous research has touched on several topics, including invasive species management, regulation of public lands, wildland fire policy, private incentives to mitigate natural disaster risk, economic growth, and regional economic development. My research agenda has recently expanded to include additional environmental and natural resource issues facing the western United States, including issues related to water use and availability, soil stability and erosion, and regional population dynamics.

I have used a variety of analytical tools in the course of my research, including applied econometrics, dynamic modeling of coupled economic-ecological systems, dynamic general-equilibrium analysis, calibration and simulation methods, spatial analysis and spatial econometrics, mechanism design/regulatory design, survey design and implementation, and non-market valuation. In addition, many of my current and previous research projects are/were inter-disciplinary, and have afforded me the opportunity to collaborate with ecologists, hydrologists, and other natural scientists.


  • Kobayashi, M., K. Rollins, and M.H. Taylor. 2014. Optimal Livestock Management on Sagebrush Rangeland with Ecological Thresholds, Wildfire, and Invasive Plants. Forthcoming in Land Economics.
  • Weltz, M.A., K. Spaeth, M.H. Taylor, K. Rollins, F. Pierson, L. Jolley, M. Nearing, D., and S.K. Nouwakpo. 2014. Cheatgrass Invasion and Woody Species Encroachment in the Great Basin: Benefit of Conservation. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 69(2): 39-44.
  • James, J.J., R. Sheley, T. Erickson, K. Rollins, M.H. Taylor, J. Aronson, and K.W. Dixon. 2013. A systems approach to restoring degraded drylandsApplied Ecology 50(3): 730-739.
  • Taylor, M.H, K. Rollins, M. Kobayashi, and R. Tausch. 2013. The Economics of Fuel Management: Wildfire, Invasive Plants, and the Dynamics of Sagebrush Rangelands in the Western United StatesJournal of Environmental Management 126: 157-173.
  • Melkonyan, T. and M.H. Taylor. 2013. Regulatory Policy Design for Agroecosystem Management on Public Rangelands. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 95(3): 606-627.
  • Rollins, K. and M.H. Taylor. 2012. The Economics of Ecologically Based Invasive Plant Management on High Desert Rangelands. Rangelands 34(6): 48-52.
  • Taylor, M.H. and K. Rollins. 2012. Using Ecological Models to Coordinate Valuation of Ecological Change on Western Rangelands for ex post Application to Policy Analysis. Western Economics Forum 11(1): 13-21.
  • List, J.A., P. Sinha, and M.H. Taylor. 2006. Using Choice Experiments to Value Non-market Goods and Services: Evidence from Field Experiments. B.E. Journals in Economic Analysis and Policy: Advances in Economic Analysis and Policy, 6(2): 1-37.

Working Papers

  • Taylor, M.H., L. Christman, and K. Rollins. 2013. Risk Externalities, Wildfire Hazard, and Private Investment to Mitigate Wildfire Risk in the Wildland-Urban Interface. UNR Economics Working Paper Series Working Paper No. 13-003.
  • Taylor, M.H., A.J. Sanchez Meador, K. Rollins, Y. Kim, and H. Will. The Economics of Restoration-Based and Hazard-Reduction Fuel Treatments in the Ponderosa Pine Forest Ecosystem. In Review at Forest Policy.
  • Eiswerth, M., R. Epanchin-Niell, K. Rollins, and M.H. Taylor. Economic Modeling and the Management of Brome Grasses: Accounting for Ecosystem Dynamics, Ecological Thresholds, and Spatial Interdependencies. In preparation for J. Chambers and M. Germino (Eds.): Exotic Annual Brome Grasses in Semiarid Ecosystems of the Western United States: Assessing Causes, Consequences, and Management Alternatives.

Work in Progress

  • Taylor, M.H. Evaluating Competing Explanations for Non-Balanced Growth in the United States. Work in Progress. 
  • Taylor, M.H. The Spatial Consequences of Non-Balanced Growth. Work in Progress.
  • Taylor, M.H. Contrasting Economic and Ecological Thresholds on Semi-Arid Rangelands: Implications for Management and Regulation. Work in Progress.
  • Taylor, M.H., L. Christman, and K. Rollins. Risk Attitudes and Private Investment to Mitigate Natural Disaster Risk: Explaining Homeowner Investment in Defensible Space in the Wildland-Urban Interface. Work in Progress.
  • Christman, L., K. Rollins, and M.H. Taylor. Homeowners Willingness-to-Pay for Private and Public Actions to Reduce Wildfire Risk. Work in Progress.

Government Reports

  • Ecological Restoration Institute. 2013. The Efficacy of Hazardous Fuel Treatments: A Rapid Assessment of the Economic and Ecological Consequences of Alternative Hazardous Fuel Treatments: A Summary Document for Policy Makers. Northern Arizona University. 28 pp.

Popular Press

  • Ranching, Invasive Annual Grasses, & the Economics of Wildfire in the Great Basin. The Progressive Rancher (July/August 2013).
  • When Does it Pay to Conduct Fuel Management? The Progressive Rancher (July/August 2013).

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