Laura Taylor

School Chair, Professor

Member Of:
  • School of Economics
Office Location: Old CE Building, Room 208
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Dr. Taylor is Chair of the School of Economics and Interim Director of the Energy Policy and Innovation Center at Georgia Tech.  Her recent research interests focus on the intersection of energy, environmental exposures and health.  She has extensive experience in policy evaluation and the valuation of natural resources and the environment. Recent research applications include evaluating the impact of offshore wind energy in the U.S., identifying the impacts of air pollution exposures on health outcomes, improving benefits estimation for policies designed to reduce human mortality, examining household responses to water conservation policies, and evaluating the benefits of hazardous waste site cleanup. Her research has received funding from a variety of sources including the US EPA, USDA, US Department of Interior and the National Science Foundation.  She is a Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and has held numerous advisory board positions.  Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia Tech in 2018, Dr. Taylor was Director of the Center for Environmental and Resource Economic Policy at North Carolina State University.

  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University
  • M.A., Duke University
  • B.S., University of North Carolina at Asheville


Research Fields:
  • Clean Energy
  • Energy Economics
  • Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Economics
  • Market-based Incentives
  • Policy Analysis


  • ECON-2106: Prin of Microeconomics
  • ECON-4811: Special Topics
  • ECON-6380: Economic of Environment
  • ECON-8801: Special Topics

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

  • Advances in Causal Inference at the Intersection of Air Pollution and Health Outcomes
    In: Annual Review of Resource Economics [Peer Reviewed]
    Date: October 2023

    This article provides an overview of the recent economics literature analyzing the effect of air pollution on health outcomes. We review the common approaches to measuring and modeling air pollution exposures and the epidemiological and biological literature on health outcomes that undergird federal air regulations in the United States. The article contrasts the methods used in the epidemiology literature with the causal inference framework used in economics. In particular, we review the common sources of estimation bias in epidemiological approaches that the economics literature has sought to overcome with research designs that take advantage of natural experiments. We review new promising research designs for estimating concentration-response functions and identify areas for further research.

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  • Utility-Scale Solar Farms and Agricultural Land Values
    In: Land Economics [Peer Reviewed]
    Date: August 2023

    Property value models are used to examine how utility-scale, ground-mount solar farms affect nearby agricultural land values. Results indicate that solar farms do not have direct positive or negative spillover effects on nearby agricultural land values. However, results also suggest that solar farm construction may indirectly affect agricultural land values by signaling the land’s suitability for future solar development. Specifically, results indicate that proximity of agricultural land to electric transmission lines may be positively valued after a solar farm is constructed nearby.

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