John Tyler

Professor of Education
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs


John Tyler joined Brown University in 1998. Following college, Tyler had taken over the family farming operation in West Texas for fourteen years. He combined his last years of farming with teaching middle school mathematics, a move that eventually led to doctoral studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he focused on studies in the economics of education.

Tyler's recent research focuses on teacher evaluation and measures of teacher effectiveness, examinations of how teachers use data to inform and improve their practice, and in general, impact evaluation in education. Past research has examined dropout issues, the economic returns to the GED credential, the returns to skills for low educated individuals, and the impact of correctional education on post-release labor market outcomes of criminal justice offenders.

Selected Publications

Tyler, John H. 2013. “If You Build It Will They Come? Teachers’ Online Use of Student Performance Data.” Education Finance and Policy 8(2): 168-207.

Taylor, Eric S. and John H. Tyler. 2012. “The Effect of Evaluation on Teacher Performance.” American Economic Review102(7):3628-3651 (Authors listed alphabetically).

Kane, Thomas J., Eric S. Taylor, John H. Tyler, and Amy L. Wooten. 2011. “Identifying Effective Classroom Practice Using Student Achievement Data.” Journal of Human Resources 46(3):587-613 (Authors listed alphabetically).


Economics of education, Evaluation Research, Quantitative methods, United States