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.
For any society, productivity growth is the difference between living in a zero-sum polity, where gains for some can only come as a result of costs for others, and a positive-sum policy, where social arguments can be about the distribution of gains rather than the imposition of losses. I sometimes say that no matter what your economic issues are, it’s a lot easier to achieve them in a positive-sum world.
A new journal is being launched, Health Affairs Scholar, described at the website as “a new fully open access, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to global health policy and emerging health services research.” I wish them success!
Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler published several years ago Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness.