John B. Taylor

George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics

John B. Taylor is the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution and the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He chairs the Hoover Working Group on Economic Policy and is director of Stanford’s Introductory Economics Center.

Taylor's fields of expertise are monetary policy, fiscal policy, and international economics. His book Getting Off Track was one of the first on the financial crisis; his latest book, First Principles, for which he received the 2012 Hayek Prize, develops an economic plan to restore America’s prosperity.

Taylor served as senior economist on President Ford's and President Carter’s Council of Economic Advisers, as a member of President George H. W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers, and as a senior economic adviser to Bob Dole’s presidential campaign, to George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 2000, and to John McCain’s presidential campaign. He was a member of the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers from 1995 to 2001. From 2001 to 2005, Taylor served as undersecretary of the Treasury for international affairs where he was responsible for currency markets, international development, for oversight of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and for coordinating policy with the G-7 and G-20.

Taylor received the Bradley Prize from the Bradley Foundation and the Adam Smith Award as well as the Adolph G. Abramson Award from the National Association for Business Economics. He was awarded the Alexander Hamilton Award for his overall leadership at the US Treasury, the Treasury Distinguished Service Award for designing and implementing the currency reforms in Iraq, and the Medal of the Republic of Uruguay for his work in resolving the 2002 financial crisis. At Stanford he was awarded the George P. Shultz Distinguished Public Service Award, as well as the Hoagland Prize and the Rhodes Prize for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society; he formerly served as vice president of the American Economic Association.

Taylor formerly held positions as professor of economics at Princeton University and Columbia University. Taylor received a BA in economics summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1968 and a PhD in economics from Stanford University in 1973.

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A Monetary Policy for the Future

by John B. Taylorvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, April 23, 2015

A steady and predictable policy will greatly contribute to the performance of the economy.



Room to Soar

by John B. Taylorvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2015

We can get this sluggish recovery off the ground.

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A Monetary Policy For The Future

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Yesterday I spoke at a panel on “Monetary Policy in the Future,” with Ben Bernanke and Gill Marcus at an IMF event Rethinking Macro Policy.

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.
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Was Janet Yellen Test Driving The Policy Rule Bill?

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Sunday, March 29, 2015

In a speech last week Fed Chair Janet Yellen made use of policy rules, and in particular the Taylor rule, to explain her views on normalizing policy.

Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building

Bernanke Says “The Fed Has A Rule.” But It’s Only Constrained Discretion And It Hasn’T Worked

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In response to a question about the policy rules bill at Brookings recently, Ben Bernanke remarked that the “The Fed has a rule.”

Bank Vault
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Central Banks Without Rules Are Like Doctors Without Checklists

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Sunday, March 22, 2015

Recent proposals for policy rules legislation have led to a fascinating replay of issues that have long been at the heart of the rules versus discretion debate.


Which Fed Bill Would Milton Friedman Have Liked?

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Writing last week on the Cato at Liberty blog, Steve Hanke argued that Milton Friedman would have supported the “Audit the Fed” bill recently introduced in the Senate.


Witness Allan Meltzer And The Ouija Board Analogy

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Last week the Senate Banking Committee held a hearing about monetary reform and the need for “responsible oversight” of the Fed as Senator Richard Shelby, the Committee Chair, put it.  Allan Meltzer was a witness, and I sat next to him at the witness table listening carefully when he spoke.


Liberate The Recovery

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

My piece in today’s Wall Street JournalA Recovery Waiting to Be Liberated,” starts with data showing that economic growth last year was in the end disappointing again.

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A Recovery Waiting To Be Liberated

by John B. Taylorvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bad government policy has kept the economy caged. Here’s how to spur growth quickly.