Timothy Taylor is an American economist. He is managing editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, a quarterly academic journal produced at Macalester College and published by the American Economic Association. Taylor received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College and a master's degree in economics from Stanford University. At Stanford, he was winner of the award for excellent teaching in a large class (more than 30 students) given by the Associated Students of Stanford University. At Minnesota, he was named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Department of Economics and voted Teacher of the Year by the master's degree students at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Taylor has been a guest speaker for groups of teachers of high school economics, visiting diplomats from eastern Europe, talk-radio shows, and community groups. From 1989 to 1997, Professor Taylor wrote an economics opinion column for the San Jose Mercury-News. He has published multiple lectures on economics through The Teaching Company. With Rudolph Penner and Isabel Sawhill, he is co-author of Updating America's Social Contract (2000), whose first chapter provided an early radical centrist perspective, "An Agenda for the Radical Middle". Taylor is also the author of The Instant Economist: Everything You Need to Know About How the Economy Works, published by the Penguin Group in 2012. The fourth edition of Taylor's Principles of Economics textbook was published by Textbook Media in 2017.
One of the ongoing public narratives, beginning with the start of President Trump’s imposition of tariffs on trade with China and others and continuing up through the pandemic, has been whether a previous pattern of off-shoring–that is, importing goods and inputs from abroad–would emerge. More generally, the question has been whether the US economy would become less attached to Chinese imports.
In most recessions, consumption of services doesn’t move much, while consumption of goods drops fairly sharply and then rebounds over time.
R&D combined two ideas: “basic research,” which aims at discovering new science that doesn’t have a near-term commercial application, and all the other research, which does focus on developing a product with a near-term commercial application. For economic growth, both matter.
At first glance, it may appear that the 2021 Nobel prize in economics (more formally the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2021) was given for two rather separate contributions.