Richard W. Evans
University of Chicago
• Senior Lecturer, M.A. Program in Computational Social Science
• Director, Open Source Macroeconomics Laboratory
• Fellow, Becker Friedman Institute

(773) 702-9169
McGiffert House, Room 208
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Twitter: @RickEcon
Fields of Specialization:
  • Macroeconomics
  • Public Economics
  • Computational Economics
  • International Macroeconomics
  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Texas at Austin, 2008
  • M.S., Economics, University of Texas at Austin, 2005
  • M.A., Public Policy, Brigham Young University, 2003
  • B.A., Economics, Brigham Young University, 1998

Recent Publications:
• "Integrating Microsimulation Models of Tax Policy into a DGE Macroeconomic Model," joint with Jason DeBacker and Kerk L. Phillips, Public Finance Review,  (forthcoming). [code]

• "Natural Limits of Wealth Inequality and the Effectiveness of Tax Policy," joint with Scott Condie and Kerk L. Phillips, Public Finance Review (forthcoming).

• "Advantages of an Ellipse when Modeling Leisure Utility," joint with Kerk L. Phillips, Computational Economics , 51:3, pp. 513-533 (March 2018).

• "Dynamic Analysis of Corporate Income Tax Rate Cut," Quantitative Notes, 2017-4, Open Research Group, Inc. (Nov. 29, 2017).

• "Government Revenue and Distributional Effects of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," joint with Haylee Ham, Quantitative Notes, 2017-3, Open Research Group, Inc. (Nov. 29, 2017).

• "Big Data Techniques as a Solution to Theory Problems," joint with Kenneth L. Judd and Kramer Quist, in Conquering Big Data with High Performance Computing, eds. Ritu Arora, Springer (2016). [view on Amazon]
Works in Progress:
Overlapping Generations Models for Policy Analysis: Theory and Computation, joint with Jason DeBacker, unpublished textbook (October 2018).

• "The Distributional Effects of Redistributional Tax Policy," joint with Jason DeBacker, Evan Magnusson, Kerk L. Phillips, Shanthi Ramnath, and Isaac Swift, revise and resubmit, Quantitative Economics (July 2016).

• "A Big Data Approach to Optimal Sales Taxation," joint with Christian Baker, Jeremy Bejarano, Kenneth L. Judd, and Kerk L. Phillips (Sep. 2015).
Other Links and News:
• The second annual Summer Boot Camp of the Open Source Macroeconomics Laboratory (OSM Lab) at the University of Chicago was a resounding success. All curriculum materials are open access at the OSM Lab GitHub repository (Aug. 2018)

Slides and papers from Rick's presentation, "Open Source Modeling for Policy Analysis, Research and Teaching," at the University of Chicago Computational Social Science Workshop, February 1, 2018.

• Rick has joined the Steering Committee of QuantEcon. (Jan. 2018)

• Rick's Project Euler friend key: