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Lowell Taylor

Lowell Taylor

H. John Heinz III University Professor of Economics

Lowell Taylor is the H. John Heinz III University Professor of Economics at the Heinz College, 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 2017 he was Visiting Professor at the Economics Department, University of California Berkeley.

Taylor’s research interests are in labor economics and economic demography.  Recent research includes studies examining public education and intergenerational mobility; racial differences in mortality; affirmative action in Indian higher education; the impact of the Great Migration on the mortality of African Americans; the impact of firm entry regulation on job creation in Portugal; inefficiency in U.S. health insurance markets; and the relative efficacy of healthcare provided by the Veterans Health Administration. He co-authored the first paper on gay and lesbian demography to appear in Demography.

He is the recipient of 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), and 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.


University Professorship, Carnegie Mellon University, awarded 2018.

20th Annual Arrow Award from the International Health Economic Association, awarded to the best paper in health economics, 2012. For “Unhealthy Insurance Markets: Search Frictions and the Cost and Quality of Health Insurance” (American Economic Review).

11th Annual Health Care Research Award from the National Institute for Health Care Management, for excellence in original and creative health care research, 2004. For “Physician Incentives in Health Maintenance Organization” (Journal of Political Economy).

Martcia Wade Award For Teaching Excellence, 1994, 2004, and 2007. Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University.

Courses Taught

  • 90-710 - Applied Economic Analysis

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