I am Laura Taylor, a Ph.D. candidate with the Department of Economics at the University of Arizona. My research interests include studying the impacts of historic policies and legal institutions on environmental quality, resource use, and economic outcomes. I will be starting a post-doctoral position at Caltech in August 2022.

My job market paper is on the impacts of legal processes for quantifying and enforcing property rights to water on the health and use of the resource itself. In my broader dissertation work, I investigate financial uncertainty in water markets, historic institutions, bargaining power, and water use relating to American Indian water rights and their (re)appropriation.