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Professor James Taylor


James Taylor

Lancaster University

The Management School



Tel: +44 1524 594227

Current Research

The English Baccalaureate: how not to measure school performance

This paper challenges the view that the introduction of the English Baccalaureate will lead to an improvement in educational outcomes in secondary education.

Economics of secondary schooling

The effect of the quasi-market on the performance of secondary schools. Ethnicity, educational outcomes and the transition from school. The impact of the Specialist Schools and Excellence in Cities programmes on secondary school outcomes. Recent papers include:

 Taylor J, 2007, 'The impact of the specialist schools programme on exam results', Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 69 (4)

Bradley, S. and Taylor, J. 2010, ‘Diversity, choice an The impact of the Specialist Schools and Excellence in Cities programmes on secondary school outcomes.d the quasi-market: An empirical analysis of secondary education policy in England’, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 72 (forthcoming)

Measuring the quality of research in HE

An investigation of the 2008 RAE outcomes for Business & Management and Economics & Econometrics. Two working papers based on data from the 2008 RAE are currently available. The first challenges the view that the ABS Journal Quality Guide should replace peer review in the forthcoming Research Excellence Framework. The second investigates the claim that fewer publications (than the current four) would be sufficient for accurate quality judgments to be made in the REF.

 'The Assessment of Research Quality: Peer Review or Metrics?', Lancaster University Management School Working Paper, 2009

 'Peer assessment of research: how many publications per staff? ', Lancaster University Management School Working Paper, 2009

Professional Role

Board of Editors, Regional Studies; Board of Editors, Australasian Journal of Regional Science; European Editor, Australasian Journal of Regional Science.

Research Interests

Economics of education


Jim Taylor came to Lancaster University in 1964 after graduating from Liverpool University. He has held visiting appointments at the Universities of Pennsylvania (Wharton School), British Columbia, Cambridge and Melbourne. He has been the Editor of Regional Studies and is currently European Editor of the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies. He has been a member of several national working groups (for the CVCP and HEFCE) relating to performance indicators in higher education and is a past President of the NW Economics Association. He has authored and co-authored several books including Unemployment and Wage Inflation, Regional Economics and Policy (with Harvey Armstrong) and Performance Indicators in Higher Education (with Jill Johnes) and has published many papers in all three areas. His most recent research is on (i) the impact of government education policy on outcomes at the end of compulsory education; and (ii) an analysis of the 2008 RAE outcomes in Business & Management and Economics & Econometrics.


BA, MA Liverpool, PhD Lancaster

Current Teaching

None: retired.

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