Lowell Taylor

H. John Heinz III Professor of Economics at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University

Lowell J. Taylor is the H. John Heinz III Professor of Economics at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University, where he has been on the faculty since 1990. He is also a Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago, where he serves as Principal Investigator of the 1997 National Longitudinal Study of Youth (NLSY97). He previously served as a Senior Economist with President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors. In 2011, 2012, and 2016 he was Visiting Professor at the Economics Department, University of California, Berkeley.

Taylor’s research is in labour economics and economic demography. He has studied a wide range of topics, including: the economics of gay/lesbian households; “rat race” equilibria in professional labour markets; racial disparity in unemployment; affirmative action in higher education; the impact of schooling quality on upward mobility; physician incentives; and imperfections in health insurance markets. He won the 11th Annual Health Care Research Award from the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) for Physician Incentives in Health Maintenance Organizations (Journal of Political Economy, 2004). He won the 20th Annual Arrow Award from the International Health Economics Association for Unhealthy Insurance Markets: Search Frictions and the Cost and Quality of Health Insurance (American Economic Review, 2011).Taylor is a three-time winner of the top teaching award at the Heinz College.

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