Travis Taylor

Travis K. Taylor

Associate Professor of Economics

PhD, MA, University of Connecticut
BA, University of Richmond

Office: Luter Hall 222
Phone: (757) 594-7148

Research interests:  Contracting, Economic Development, New
Institutional Economics, International Political Economy.

Travis K. Taylor currently serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Christopher Newport University.  Dr. Taylor's research and teaching interests include the economics of contracting, international economic development, and public procurement.  A scholar of international public procurement and countertrade contracts, Dr. Taylor’s articles have appeared in outlets such as the Journal of Policy Modeling, and the Journal of International Business & Economics.  He and co-editor Murat Yulek published new findings from the fields of public procurement and economic development in their book Designing Public Procurement Policy in Developing Countries (2012).  Additionally, Dr. Taylor has completed consulting projects for firms in Singapore, Seoul, and Newport News, Virginia.

Prior to his current post, Professor Taylor held faculty positions at the University of Richmond, and Alfred University (New York).  He joined the Christopher Newport University (CNU) faculty in 2004, and became Associate Professor of Economics in 2008.  Between 2008-2011, Dr. Taylor served as Chair of the Department of Accounting, Economics & Finance in the Luter School of Business.  In this capacity, he played a key role in the creation of an independent Department of Economics, and the accompanying degree program.

Originally from New England (Maine), he fondly recalls--and still enjoys--Maine's natural beauty: its ocean, lakes, wildlife, and fall foliage.  He is a lifelong fan of Boston sports teams.  He attended college at the University of Richmond, double majoring in International Studies and Economics.  Following college, he studied for a Masters degree in economics at the University of Connecticut, and worked as an international economist for the U.S. federal government in Washington, D.C.  He continued his studies at the University of Connecticut and earned a Ph.D. in economics.

Taylor, T. and Yulek, M.  2014.  “Can Governments Leverage Procurement to Foster Development? Evidence and Projections from Public Sector Expenditures in Turkey.”  Journal of International Finance Studies.  14(1): 69-87.

Taylor, T. and Woo, W.  2013.  “Contractual Choice in Apartment Markets: The Role of Economic and Institutional Factors in Korea.”  Journal of International Business & Economics.  13(1): 51-60. 

Yulek, M., and Taylor, T. (eds.).  2012.  Designing Public Procurement Policy in Developing Countries: How to Foster Technology Transfer and Industrialization in the Global Economy.  Springer Publishing.  Available here: 

Taylor, T.  2011.   “Countertrade Offsets in International Procurement: Theory & Evidence.”  In Thai, K. (ed.), Towards New Horizons in Public Procurement.  Taylor & Francis Publishing.  Pp. 345-371.

Taylor, T.  2009.  “The Design of an Optimal Offset Procurement Policy.”  In Handbook of Public Procurement.  Taylor & Francis Publishing.  Pp. 749-762.

Taylor, T.  2007.   “A Comparative Analysis of Contractual Choice in Apartment Markets: Research Note.”  International Advances in Economic Research. 13: 252-253. 

Taylor, T.  2005.  “A Transaction Cost Approach to Countertrade and Offsets in International Government Procurement.” Journal of International Business & Economics. 3(1): 117-132.  

Taylor, T.   2004.  “Using Procurement Offsets as an Economic Development Strategy.”  In  Brauer and Dunne (eds.) Arms Trade and Economic Development.  Routledge Publishers.  Pp. 30-43. 

Taylor, T.  2003.   “Modeling Offset Policy in Government Procurement.”  Journal of Policy Modeling.  December:  985-999.

Taylor, T.  2002.  “A Strategy for Firms Facing Offset Obligations: The Case of Maryland.”  Journal of Public Procurement. (*Lead article in journal).  2(2): 157-186.