Lori L. Taylor is an associate professor in the Bush School of Government and Public Service and an adjunct associate professor in Texas A&M University's Department of Economics. She is also a member of the Children At Risk Institute in Houston, Texas, a nonprofit organization that drives change for children through research, education, and influencing public policy.
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.
Dr. Taylor has written extensively on variations in the cost of education and has served as a consultant on school finance issues for a variety of legislative committees and state and federal agencies. She recently 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). Her current projects explore differences in teacher quality between charter and traditional public schools, the impact of school facilities on teacher turnover, and the effects of performance pay in education.
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.