John B. Taylor

George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics
Awards and Honors:
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Econometric Society (elected fellow)
Economics Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award
(2015)
Biography: 

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 received the 2016 Adam Smith Award from the Association of Private Enterprise Education and the 2015 Truman Medal for Economic Policy for extraordinary contribution to the formation and conduct of economic policy.

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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Billions Over Baghdad

by John B. Taylorvia New York Times
Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Earlier this month, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing that criticized the decision to ship American currency into Iraq just after Saddam Hussein’s government fell...

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GLOBAL FINANCIAL WARRIORS: The Untold Story of International Finance in the Post-9/11 World

by John B. Taylorvia Hoover Institution
Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Former Treasury Undersecretary John B. Taylor reveals the true extent of the financial battle against terrorism since September 11, 2001 in his compelling new book GLOBAL FINANCIAL WARRIORS: The Untold Story of International Finance in the Post-9/11 World [W.W. Norton & Company; January 8, 2007; $26.95 Cloth] – a boots-on-the ground view of the complex challenges faced by America’s money minders in the wake of the country’s worst-ever terror attack. John B. Taylor was Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs from 2001 to 2005. The Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, he is the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University. Now available at www.wwnorton.com and at bookstores...

A Moment with the Master

by John B. Taylorvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 30, 2006

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Don't Talk the Talk

by John B. Taylorvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 30, 2006

John B. Taylor on Ben Bernanke’s first months. The new Fed chairman’s only mistake? Talking about the Fed funds rate when he should have been talking about the economy.

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Global Financial Warriors

by John B. Taylorvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 30, 2006

John B. Taylor began serving as the head of international finance at the Treasury Department just three months before September 11 changed everything. In this excerpt from his new book, Taylor tells the story of the small band of warriors he led in the financial war on terror.

Analysis and Commentary

Don't Talk the Talk

by John B. Taylorvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, July 13, 2006

Last summer, I wrote a piece, "Lessons Learned from the Greenspan Era," for the Jackson Hole monetary conference, arguing that the remarkable U.S. economic performance since the early 1980s could extend well beyond the Greenspan era if the Fed followed certain policy principles: raise the fed funds rate by more than any incipient increase in the inflation rate; cut the funds rate when the economy weakens; commit to price stability; be predictable…

Analysis and Commentary

Loan Rangers

by John B. Taylorvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, April 19, 2006

When finance ministers and central bank governors gather in Washington for the spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund later this week, they will be greeted with a host of new proposals for institutional change...

Analysis and Commentary

What Comes After 'Bretton Woods II'?

by John B. Taylorvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, August 15, 2005

The recent policy shift in China from a pegged to a flexible exchange rate regime starts a new chapter in international finance, comparable to the dramatic end of the Bretton Woods system of pegged exchange rates in 1971...

China’s Quiet Revolution

by John B. Taylorvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, July 30, 2005

Why China’s more flexible exchange rates may be a boon to the global economy. By John B. Taylor.

What the European Central Bank Needs to Do

by John B. Taylorvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, January 30, 1999

As the European Central Bank begins making decisions, Hoover fellow John B. Taylor asserts, “a clear guideline, or policy rule, would go a long way toward . . . increasing economic stability throughout the globe.” Taylor modestly suggests . . . the Taylor Rule.

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