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Eric Taylor

Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard University

Eric Taylor

Eric Taylor was most recently a NAEd/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow. Eric’s research examines the employer-employee interactions between schools and teachers—hiring decisions, job design, training, performance evaluation—with a focus on how schools’ and teachers’ decisions in those interactions affect student opportunities and outcomes. His work uses econometric methods designed to identify the causal effects of different approaches to teaching and different approaches to managing teachers. Eric’s job market paper “New Technology and Teacher Productivity” examines how instructional computer tools change the work of classroom teachers and alter teachers’ contributions to student learning. His previous work has been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Human Resources, and the Journal of Public Economics. His research on teacher evaluation has been featured in Slate, Time, The Washington Post, and Education Week. In 2013 Eric was recognized for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring by the Stanford GSE, and in 2006 he received the Chancellor’s Service Award at UCLA. Prior to Stanford, Eric worked at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University.

Recent Publications

Understanding Human Resources in Broad-Access Higher Education . Susanna Loeb, Agustina Paglayan, Eric S. Taylor. In Kirst, M.W & Stevens, M.L. (Eds.), Remaking College: The Changing Ecology of Higher Education, Stanford University Press, 2015.
Information and employee evaluation: Evidence from a randomized intervention in public schools . Jonah E. Rockoff, Douglas O. Staiger, Thomas J. Kane, Eric S. Taylor. American Economic Review, 102(7), pp. 3184-3213. 2012.
The effect of evaluation on teacher performance . Eric S. Taylor, John H. Tyler. American Economic Review, 102(7), pp. 3628-3651. 2012.
Can Teacher Evaluation Improve Teaching? Eric S. Taylor, John H. Tyler. Education Next, 12(4), 2012.
Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness . Thomas J. Kane, Amy L. Wooten, Eric S. Taylor, John H. Tyler. Education Next, 11(3), 2011.
Identifying effective classroom practices using student achievement data . Thomas J. Kane, Eric S. Taylor, John H. Tyler, Amy L. Wooten. Journal of Human Resources, 46(3), pp. 587-613. 2010.
Using student performance data to identify effective classroom practices . John H. Tyler, Eric S. Taylor, Thomas J. Kane, Amy L. Wooten. American Economic Review, Papers & Proceedings, 100(2), pp. 100(2): 256–260. 2010.