Economics Faculty and Staff

Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor

Assistant Professor

Office: Liberal Arts 406
Office Hours:

Wednesday 14:00-15:00

Tuesday 13:00-14:30

Personal Website

Current Position

Assistant Professor


Principles of Macroeconomics

Money & Banking

Personal Summary

Matt joined the Economics Department at the University of Montana in 2012. He earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Oregon. Prior to entering the UO's PhD program, he served as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force for eight and a half years. While serving in the USAF, Matt was stationed at Travis AFB in Northern California, the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA (where he earned a MA in National Security Affairs), and Hickam AFB in Hawaii. A few of the places to which he deployed include Uzbekistan, Qatar, U.A.E., and Diego Garcia. He grew up in Southern California and earned a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Matt's wife is also a Gaucho and they have two daughters (ages eight and five) and a son (two years old) who keep them very busy.


University of Oregon, Ph.D. -- Economics, 2012

University of Oregon, M.S. -- Economics, 2009

Naval Postgraduate School, M.A. -- National Security Affairs, 2004

UC Santa Barbara, B.A. -- Political Science-International Relations, 1997

Research Interests

My current research focuses on risk preferences. Understanding risk preferences is particularly important to environmental economists because many of the policies intended to address climate change have both uncertain costs and uncertain benefits. Thus, modeling risk preferences appropriately is critical to accurately measuring the expected welfare effects of environmental policy. Overall, my research agenda is tied together by my interests in behavioral economics, the evaluation of environmental policy, and the use of experiments to help understand economic behavior.

Field of Study

Experimental Economics, Behavioral Economics, and Risk & Uncertainty

Selected Publications

  • "Information Acquisition Under Risky Conditions Across Real and Hypothetical Settings," 2017, Economic Inquiry
  • "Are High-Ability Individuals Really More Tolerant of Risk? A Test of the Relationship Between Risk Aversion and Cognitive Ability," 2016, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics
  • "Bias and Brains: Risk Aversion and Cognitive Ability Across Real and Hypothetical Settings," 2013, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty

Teaching Experience

I regularly teach the following courses: Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Behavioral and Experimental Economics, and Money & Banking.

I have also taught Intermediate Microeconomics, Environmental Economics, and Labor Economics.

Professional Experience

Intelligence Officer, U.S. Air Force, 1998-2007

International Experience

Some of the places I "visited" while in the military include Uzbekistan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Diego Garcia, South Korea, Thailand, and Singapore.