M. Scott Taylor

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M. Scott Taylor
M. Scott Taylor
Born (1960-07-30) 30 July 1960 (age 57)
Nationality Canadian
Institution University of Calgary
Alma mater Queen’s University
University of Calgary
Richard G. Harris
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Michael Scott Taylor (born 30 July 1960) is a Canadian economist, who studies the interaction between international trade and environmental outcomes. He is currently the Canada Research Chair in International, Energy and Environmental Economics at the University of Calgary,[1] a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research,[2] and a Fellow of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics.[3] He is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Basel (2010).[4] In 2014, Scott Taylor was named fellow to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).


Taylor received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Calgary and his Ph.D. from Queen’s University in 1991 under the supervision of Richard G. Harris. Following his Ph.D., Taylor held a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship and spent time at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.Taylor was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Basel, Switzerland for his pioneering work on trade, the environment and renewable resources. In 2014, Scott Taylor was named fellow to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).


After completing his postdoctoral fellowship, Taylor held academic positions at the University of British Columbia (1992–1998) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1998–2004), before returning to the University of Calgary. During his career, Taylor has also been a visiting scholar at Princeton University (1991, 2003) and a scholar of the Economic Growth Program at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (1995–1998).

Taylor's research focuses on the interaction of international markets, economic growth and environmental outcomes. He studies how international trade and economic growth affects pollution across countries. Other important work connects the health of biological resources such as the bison respond to the pressures brought about by globalization.[5] He has investigated the role natural resource collapses have played in the rise and fall of prehistoric societies, such as Easter Island,[6] how growth and trade jointly determine environmental outcomes, and how access to international markets affects research and development and long run growth. His book (co-authored with Brian Copeland) Trade and the Environment: Theory and Evidence,[7] was published by Princeton University Press in 2003[8] as part of the Princeton Series in International Economics and won the 2004 Douglas Purvis Memorial Prize[9] for its contribution to Canadian Economic Policy.

Taylor is an associate editor of the Journal of International Economics, on the Board of Directors of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics.


  1. ^ "CRC renewed for economics professor". University of Calgary website. April 25, 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "M. Scott Taylor". The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) website. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Beijer Fellows". The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics website. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Faculty of Business and Economics, Laudato". Universität Basel website. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Study blames Europe for Bison mass killings". MSNBC News website. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Economics of Easter Island: Modeling Resource Sustainability in Flash". Pacific Lutheran University. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Trade and the Environment by Brian Copeland and M. Scott Taylor". Book Review by James Anderson, SciVerse website. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Ederington, Josh. "Trade and the Environment: Theory and Evidence by Brian Copeland and Scott Taylor Princeton University Press, 2003", World Trade Review, 2004, vol. 3, issue 02, pages 330-332.
  9. ^ "Doug Purvis Memorial Prize". Canadian Economic Association website. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 

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