Professor Taylor's research focuses on the interaction of international markets, economic growth, and environmental outcomes. His most influential works examine how the level of pollution concentrations in major cities is affected by changes in industrial production brought about by international trade and/or economic growth.
Other important work connects the health of biological resources such as fish and forest stocks to the pressures brought about by globalization. He has investigated the role natural resource collapses have played in the rise and fall of prehistoric societies, how growth and trade jointly determine environmental outcomes, and how access to international markets affects research, development, and long run growth. A marked feature of his research is the use of novel methods allowing him to confront testable hypothesis with empirical evidence.
Taylor is currently the Canada Research Chair in International, Energy and Environmental Economics at the University of Calgary, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and a fellow of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Basel (2010).
|2013:||Publication of Enduring Quality (PEQ) Award - “Is Free Trade Good for the Environment?” Werner Antweiler, Brian Copeland, and M. Scott Taylor, American Economic Review, Volume 91(4): pp. 877-908, 2001, 2013.|
|2013:||SSHRC Insight Grant - Energy Transitions and energy economics: The role of energy and power density|
|2013:||Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholar Nomination Award, University of Calgary|