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,  47:2, pp. 207-275 (Mar. 2019). [code]

• "Natural Limits of Wealth Inequality and the Effectiveness of Tax Policy," joint with Scott Condie and Kerk L. Phillips, Public Finance Review, 47:1, pp. 32-57 (Jan. 2019).

• "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 the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," joint with Jason DeBacker, Quantitative Notes, 2018-1, Open Research Group, Inc. (Feb. 2, 2018).

• "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Overlapping Generations Models for Policy Analysis: Theory and Computation, joint with Jason DeBacker, unpublished textbook (October 2018).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:
• Rick gave a talk, "DeBacker-Evans OG-USA Model: Intro, Primer, Examples, and Contributor Guide," at the Policy Simulation Library (PSL) Meetup at the American Enterprise Institute,  Washington, DC, January 29, 2019. [slides, video (my talk starts at minute 10:29)]

• Rick Evans' OG-USA dynamic macroeconomic simulation of effects of expanded EITC policy cited in Forbes article by Greg Ferenstein, "Can the U.S. Afford a Massive Wage Subsidy? A Macroeconomic Simulation." (Sep. 30, 2018).

• Rick's Project Euler friend key: