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Matthew Taylor

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Matthew Taylor

Assistant Professor
Liberal Arts 406 ยท (406) 243-4122

Office Hours:

Tuesday 11:30-12:30

Wednesday 9:30-11:00

Matt joined the Economics Department at the University of Montana in 2012. He earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Oregon. Prior to entering the UO's PhD program, he served as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force for eight and a half years. While serving in the USAF, Matt was stationed at Travis AFB in Northern California, the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA (where he earned a MA in National Security Affairs), and Hickam AFB in Hawaii. A few of the garden spots to which he had the opportunity to deploy include Uzbekistan, Qatar, U.A.E., and Diego Garcia. He grew up in Southern California and earned a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Matt's wife is also a recovering political science major and they have two daughters, ages five and two, that keep them very busy.


University of Oregon, Ph.D. -- Economics, 2012

University of Oregon, M.S. -- Economics, 2009

Naval Postgraduate School, M.A. -- National Security Affairs, 2004

UC Santa Barbara, B.A. -- Political Science-International Relations, 1997

  • "Bias and Brains: Risk Aversion and Cognitive Ability Across Real and Hypothetical Settings," 2013, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty

Working Papers and Appendices:

  • "Information Acquisition Under Risky Conditions Across Real and Hypothetical Settings"
  • "Are High-Ability Individuals Really More Tolerant of Risk? A Test of the Relationship Between Risk Aversion and Cognitive Ability"
  • "Appendix for Bias and Brains"

Current Couses

Principles of Microeconomics

Teaching Experience

I have taught the following courses: Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Environmental Economics, and Labor Economics.

My current research focuses on risk preferences. Understanding risk preferences is particularly important to environmental economists because many of the policies intended to address climate change have both uncertain costs and uncertain benefits. Thus, modeling risk preferences appropriately is critical to accurately measuring the expected welfare effects of environmental policy. Overall, my research agenda is tied together by my interests in behavioral economics, the evaluation of environmental policy, and the use of experiments to help understand economic behavior.