Curtis R. Taylor

Curtis R. Taylor

Professor of Economics

External Address: 
315 Social Sciences, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
(919) 660-1827

Taylor's primary research interest  is microeconomic theory with emphasis on the areas of Industrial Organization, Political Economy, and the Theory of Contracts.  He has worked on a variety of topics such as: the optimal design of research contests, the causes and timing of market crashes, and consumer privacy. Professor Taylor's research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of  Agriculture, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, among others. 

He served as an associate editor for the  American Economic Review from 1995 to 2001, and is currently on the editorial boards of the RAND Journal of Economics, the Journal of Industrial Organization, the BE  Journal of Theoretical Economics, and the BE Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy.


  • Ph.D., Yale University 1992
  • B.A., University of Washington 1986

Green, B., and C. R. Taylor. “Breakthroughs, deadlines, and self-reported progress: Contracting for multistage projects.” American Economic Review 106, no. 12 (December 1, 2016): 3660–99. Full Text

Acquisti, A., C. Taylor, and L. Wagman. “The economics of privacy.” Journal of Economic Literature 54, no. 2 (June 1, 2016): 442–92. Full Text

Chavez, H., C. R. Taylor, and R. Rodríguez-Kábana. “Population dynamics and interactions between plant parasitic and non-parasitic nematodes: An empirical analysis.” Applied Soil Ecology 78 (June 1, 2014): 11–17. Full Text

Taylor, C., and L. Wagman. “Consumer privacy in oligopolistic markets: Winners, losers, and welfare.” International Journal of Industrial Organization 34, no. 1 (January 1, 2014): 80–84. Full Text

Moss, D. L., and C. R. Taylor. “Short ends of the stick: The plight of growers and consumers in concentrated agricultural supply chains.” Wisconsin Law Review 2014, no. 2 (January 1, 2014): 337–68.

Krishna, R Vijay, Giuseppe Lopomo, and Curtis R. Taylor. “Stairway to heaven or highway to hell: Liquidity, sweat equity, and the uncertain path to ownership.” Rand Journal of Economics 44, no. 1 (March 2013): 104–27.

Burke, J. M., C. R. Taylor, and L. Wagman. “Information acquisition in competitive markets: An application to the US mortgage market.” American Economic Journal: Microeconomics 4, no. 4 (December 1, 2012): 65–106. Full Text

Conitzer, V., C. R. Taylor, and L. Wagman. “Hide and seek: Costly consumer privacy in a market with repeat purchases.” Marketing Science 31, no. 2 (March 1, 2012): 277–92. Full Text

Taylor, C. R., and H. Yildirim. “Subjective performance and the value of blind evaluation.” Review of Economic Studies 78, no. 2 (April 7, 2011): 762–94. Full Text

Taylor, C. R., and H. Yildirim. “Public information and electoral bias.” Games and Economic Behavior 68, no. 1 (January 1, 2010): 353–75. Full Text


Taylor, Curtis R., Vincent Conitzer, and Liad Wagman. “Online Privacy and Price Discrimination,” July 2010.

Taylor, Curtis R., and Huseyin Yildirim. “Re-examining Voter Turnout in Large Elections,” May 2005.

Taylor, C. R. “The role of risk versus the role of uncertainty in economic systems.” In Agricultural Systems, 75:251–64, 2003. Full Text

Selected Grants

Collaborative Research: Monotone Methods in Dynamic Screening Contracts awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2015

Privacy and Information Acquisition in Competitive Markets awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2004 to 2008

Consumer Profiles, Consumer Privacy, and the Information Marketplace awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2002 to 2004

Markets with Imperfect Information Transmission awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2000 to 2001