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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

mhtaylor@unr.edu
Tel: (775) 784-1679
Office: Ansari Business, 521C

Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of environmental, natural resource, and agricultural economics. My previous research has examined economic issues related to invasive species management, regulation of public rangelands, wildland fire policy, homeowners' investments to mitigate wildfire risk, and economic growth and regional development. My research agenda has recently expanded to consider the economics of water use in both urban and agricultural settings in the western United States. 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, much of my current and previous research is interdisciplinary, and has afforded me the opportunity to collaborate with ecologists, hydrologists, and other natural scientists.

Education

  • Ph.D., Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • B.A., First Class Honors, Department of Economics, McGill University, Montréal, Canada

Publications

  • 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 M.J. Germino, J.C. Chambers, and C.S. Brown (Eds.): Exotic Brome Grasses in Arid and Semi-Arid Ecosystems of the Western United States: Causes, Consequences, and Management Implications. Springer Press. (In Press).
  • Kobayashi, M., K. Rollins, and M.H. Taylor. 2014. Optimal Livestock Management on Sagebrush Rangeland with Ecological Thresholds, Wildfire, and Invasive Plants. Land Economics 90(4): 623-648.
  • 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 drylands. Applied 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 States. Journal 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, Y. Kim, K. Rollins, and H. Will. The Economics of Restoration-Based and Hazard-Reduction Fuel Treatments in the Ponderosa Pine Forest Ecosystem. Revised and resubmitted at Forest Policy.

Work in Progress

  • Taylor, M.H. Non-Balanced Growth in the United States: Evaluating Supply-Side versus Demand-Side Explanations. 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.
  • Christman, L., K. Rollins, and M.H. Taylor. Willingness to Pay to Reduce Wild Fire Risk in Wildland-Urban Interface: A Comparative Analysis of Public Programs and Private Actions. 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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