Associate Professor Lori L. Taylor is the director of the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics and Public Policy at Texas A&M University. She holds the Verlin and Howard Kruse ’52 Founders Professorship in the Bush School of Government and Public Service and is an adjunct associate professor in Texas A&M’s Department of Economics. She is a member of the Children At Risk Institute and currently serves as the Principal Investigator for the Texas Smart Schools Initiative.
Dr. Taylor holds a BA in economics and a BS in business administration from the University of Kansas, and a master's and PhD in economics from the University of Rochester. Prior to joining the Bush School, Dr. Taylor spent fourteen years as an economist and policy advisor in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
Dr. Taylor has written extensively on variations in the cost of education and the determinants of school district efficiency. She has served as a consultant on school finance issues for a variety of legislative committees and state and federal agencies. She served as an expert consultant for the Texas Comptroller's Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST), and developed the Comparable Wage Index for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Taylor's research on school finance issues has been published in The Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Urban Economics, Economic Inquiry, Education Finance and Policy, Journal of Education Finance, Economics of Education Review, and Peabody Journal of Education. A former member of the American Education Finance Association's Board of Directors and the NCES' Finance Technical Review Panel, she also served for five years as a program area leader for School Finance, Facilities, and Organizations in the State of Texas Education Research Center at Texas A&M University.