In a recent announcement, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s (AAEA) awarded Professor J. Edward Taylor the distinction of being honored as an AAEA Fellow. The main awarding fellows is continuous contribution to the advancement of agricultural or applied economics, as well as achievements that may be in research, teaching, extension, administration, and/or other contributions to public or private sector decision-making.
Taylor’s research on labor, migration, environment topics, and a range of development economics appears in top general economics, field, and scientific journals. His research has garnered media attention and more than 16,000 citations according to Google Scholar. He has pioneered methods to evaluate the effects of projects and policies on local economies, showcased in a new Oxford Press book, Beyond Experiments in Development Economics. His award-winning research on the end of farm labor abundance has far-reaching implications for farmers, farm workers, and rural communities in the United States and Mexico.
As a mentor, friend, and colleague to a generation of UC Davis’ students, Taylor has collaborated with them on research projects on five continents. Within UC Davis, his innovative Rebel Text initiative provides students with creative, flexible, and affordable alternatives to traditional textbooks.
Taylor is also listed in the most recent edition of Who’s Who in Economics, and has been previously honored by UC Davis with the Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award, for “us[ing] his expertise as a development economist to make significant contributions to the world, nation, state, and local communities.”