UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

Distinguished Professor J. Edward Taylor Retires

June 16, 2023

After a career at UC Davis ARE that began as an assistant professor in 1987 and included a position as vice chair of the department from 2016–2022, Distinguished Professor J. Edward Taylor retires at the end of June. At last week’s retirement celebration, faculty, former students, and staff gathered in person and via Zoom to honor Taylor’s outstanding career.

Taylor has written extensively on the microeconomics of farm labor, economic development, and the environment and is one of the world’s most cited economists. Ed is listed in Who’s Who in Economics and is a Fellow of both the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Taylor has also been an outstanding mentor. He served as advisor for over 60 Ph.D., MS, and undergraduate theses. His many generations of students occupy important roles in academia, government, and private sector throughout the world.

He co-authored two award-winning articles documenting the end of farm labor abundance. He also co-authored an award-winning book, "Beyond Experiments in Development Economics: Local Economy-wide Impact Evaluation" (Oxford University Press, 2014), and two textbooks: "Essentials of Development Economics" (University of California Press, 2015) and "Essentials of Applied Econometrics" (University of California Press, 2016). Ed has advised a number of foreign governments and international development agencies on matters related to economic development. He was an editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and founded the alternative textbook initiative RebelText.org, designed to make textbooks available to college students at low cost. Some of his most recent work deals with economic impacts of refugees, economic spillovers from agricultural and poverty programs, and impacts of climate change in low-income countries.

Taylor is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus and will remain a valued member of our ARE community—we thank him for his many contributions.


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