Michael H. Taylor

Assistant Professor & State Specialist - Agricultural & Resource Economics

Michael Taylor

Department of Economics & Cooperative Extension
University of Nevada, Reno/Mail Stop 0204
1664 North Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada 89557
Office: Ansari Business, 521C
Tel: (775) 784-1679
Cell: (775) 573-0842
Fax: (775) 784-4728
Email: taylor@unr.edu

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.


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • B.A., McGill University, Montréal, Canada

Journal Publications

  • "The Economics of Restoration-Based and Hazard-Reduction Fuel Treatments in the Ponderosa Pine Forest Ecosystem." with Andrew Joel Sanchez Meador, Yeon-Su Kim, Kimberly Rollins, and Hank Will (first author). Forest Science. Forthcoming (published online on 22 July 2015).
  • "Optimal Livestock Management on Sagebrush Rangeland with Ecological Thresholds, Wildfire, and Invasive Plants." with Mimako Kobayashi and Kimberly Rollins (shared first-authorship). Land Economics, 2014,90(4): 623-648.
  • "Cheatgrass Invasion and Woody Species Encroachment in the Great Basin: Benefit of Conservation." with Mark A. Weltz, Ken Spaeth, Kimberly Rollins, Fred Pierson, Leonard Jolley, Mark Nearing, Dave Goodrich, Mariano Hernandez, Sanjro K. Nouwakpo, and Colleen Rossi. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 2014,69(2): 39-44.
  • "A Systems Approach to Restoring Degraded Drylands." with Jeremy J. James, Roger L. Sheley, Todd Erickson, Kimberly Rollins, Kingsley W. Dixon. Applied Ecology, 2013, 50(3):730-739.
  • "The Economics of Fuel Management: Wildfire, Invasive Plants, and the Dynamics of Sagebrush Rangelands in the Western United States." with Kimberly Rollins, Mimako Kobayashi, and Robin J. Tausch (first author). Journal of Environmental Management, 2013, 126: 157-173.
  • "Regulatory Policy Design for Agroecosystem Management on Public Rangelands." with Tigran Melkonyan (shared first-authorship). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2013, 95(3): 606-627.
  • "The Economics of Ecologically Based Invasive Plant Management on High Desert Rangelands." with Kimberly Rollins. Rangelands, 2012, 34(6): 48-52.
  • "Using Ecological Models to Coordinate Valuation of Ecological Change on Western Rangelands for ex post Application to Policy Analysis." with Kimberly Rollins (first author). Western Economics Forum, 2012, 11(1): 13-21.
  • "Using Choice Experiments to Value Non-market Goods and Services: Evidence from Field Experiments." with John A. List and Paramita Sinha. B.E. Journals in Economic Analysis and Policy: Advances in Economic Analysis and Policy, 2006, 6(2): 1-37.

Book Chapters

  • "Economic Modeling and the Management of Brome Grasses: Accounting for Ecosystem Dynamics, Ecological Thresholds, and Spatial Interdependencies." with Mark Eiswerth, Rebecca Epanchin-Niell, and Kimberly Rollins (shared first-authorship). 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. Forthcoming.

Working Papers

  • "Choosing the Right Policy to Promote Defensible Space in the Wildland-Urban Interface: Evidence from Homeowners in Nevada." with Laine Christman and Kimberly Rollins (first author). UNR Economics Working Paper Series, 2015, WP-15001.

Work in Progress

  • "Non-Balanced Growth in the United States: Evaluating Supply-Side versus Demand-Side Explanations." (sole-authored) 
  • "The Spatial Consequences of Non-Balanced Growth." (sole-authored)
  • "Contrasting Economic and Ecological Thresholds on Semi-Arid Rangelands: Implications for Management and Regulation." (with Kimberly Rollins)
  •  "Willingness to Pay to Reduce Wild Fire Risk in Wildland-Urban Interface: A Comparative Analysis of Public Programs and Private Actions." (with Laine Christman and Kimberly Rollins)

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).