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

(773) 702-9169
Saieh Hall, Room 250
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:
• "Advantages of an Ellipse when Modeling Leisure Utility," joint with Kerk L. Phillips, Computational Economics (forthcoming).

• "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]

• "Determinants of Short-term Lender Location and Interest Rates," joint with Taylor J. Canann, Journal of Financial Services Research , 48:3, pp. 235-262 (Dec. 2015).

• "OLG Life Cycle Model Transition Paths: Alternate Model Forecast Method," joint with Kerk L. Phillips., Computational Economics, 43:1, pp. 105-131 (Jan. 2014).

• "Game Over: Simulating Unsustainable Fiscal Policy," joint with Laurence J. Kotlikoff and Kerk L. Phillips, Fiscal Policy After the Financial Crisis, eds. Alberto Alesina and Francesco Giavazzi, National Bureau of Economic Research, University of Chicago Press (2013).
Works in Progress:
• "Integrating Microsimulation Models of Tax Policy into a DGE Macroeconomic Model: A Canonical Example," joint with Jason DeBacker and Kerk L. Phillips, under review (Oct. 2016).

• "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).

• "Natural Limits of Wealth Inequality and the Effectiveness of Tax Policy," joint with Scott Condie and Kerk L. Phillips, under review (Dec. 2015).

• "A Big Data Approach to Optimal Sales Taxation," joint with Christian Baker, Jeremy Bejarano, Kenneth L. Judd, and Kerk L. Phillips, revise and resubmit, Journal of Public Economics (Sep. 2015).

• "Estimating the Hourly Earnings Processes of Top Earners," joint with Jason DeBacker, Kerk L. Phillips, and Shanthi Ramnath (Aug. 2015).
Other Links and News:
• Announcing the Open Source Macroeconomics Laboratory at the University of Chicago and Becker Friedman Institute. Applications for this Summer's OSM Lab Boot Camp are now available (apply here). (January 13, 2017)

• Podcast: Becker Friedman Institute, Economics Amplified, "Rick Evans on How Computer Science is Transforming Economics" (October 14, 2016).

• Video: American Enterprise Institute event panel on which I participated, "Introducing the Open Source Policy Center: Making tax policy transparent, accessible, and collaborative" (April 14, 2016).

TaxBrain web app is live. Click on the link, change whatever tax policies you like, and see how the changes affect government revenue and households of different ages and incomes.