Richard W. Evans
• Advisory Board Visiting Fellow, Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University
• Director, Open Source Economics Laboratory
President, Open Research Group, Inc.
Associate Director and Senior Lecturer, M.A. Program in Computational Social Science, University of Chicago

(713) 348-3260
Twitter: @RickEcon
Fields of Specialization:
  • Macroeconomics
  • Public Economics
  • Computational Economics
  • International Macroeconomics
  • Ph.D., Econ, University of Texas at Austin, 2008
  • M.S., Econ, University of Texas at Austin, 2005
  • M.A., Pub Pol, Brigham Young University, 2003
  • B.A., Econ, Brigham Young University, 1998

Recent Publications:
• "An Analysis of Joe Biden's Tax Proposals," with Kyle Pomerleau and Jason DeBacker, AEI Report, American Enterprise Institute (June 15, 2020).

• "Public Debt, Interest Rates, and Negative Shocks," AEA Papers and Proceedings , Vol. 110, pp. 137-140 (May 2020). [longer version with technical appendix and code]

• "EDGE-M3: A Dynamic General Equilibrium Micro-Macro Model for the EU Member States,'' joint with Diego d'Andria, Jason DeBacker, Jonathan Pycroft, Wouter van der Wielen, and Magdalena Zachlod-Jelec, JRC Working Papers on Taxation and Structural Reforms No. 03/2020, JRC Technical Reports, European Commission (March 2020).

• "Macroeconomic Effects of Reducing OASI to Payable Benefits: A Comparison of Seven Overlapping Generations Models," joint with Jaeger Nelson, Kerk Phillips, Seth Benzell, Efraim Berkovich, Robert Carroll, Guillermo Cuevas, Jason DeBacker, John Diamond, Jagadeesh Gokhale, Laurence Kotlikoff, James Mackie, Rachel Moore, Brandon Pecoraro, Brandon Pizzola, Victor Ye, and George Zodrow, National Tax Journal, 72:4, pp. 671-692 (Dec. 2019).

• "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).
Works in Progress:
• "Downward Risk in Labor Income: Age, Gender, Education, Crime, and Inequality," joint with Fulin Guo (April 2019).

• "Do People Prefer Tax Policies that Benefit Themselves," joint  with Keertana Chidambaram (April 2019).

• "Precautionary Labor Supply," joint with Jason DeBacker and Zunda Xu (April 2019).

• "Synthetic Data and Privacy: Convolved Nonparametric Joint Distributions," joint with Daniel Silva-Inclan (April 2019).

Overlapping Generations Models for Policy Analysis: Theory and Computation, joint with Jason DeBacker, unpublished textbook (October 2019).

• "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 started new position as Advisory Board Visiting Fellow at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, beginning May 1, 2020.

• Evans along with Jason DeBacker began appointments as Nonresident Fellows at the Tax Policy Center (TPC) at the Urban Institute. TPC will use the open source OG-USA model of U.S. fiscal policy as their primary dynamic analysis tool.

• Rick presented, "Public Debt, Interest Rates, and Negative Shocks" [slides] at the AEA annual meeting in San Diego, CA, January 4, 2020 in the session entitled, "Is United States Deficit Policy Playing with Fire?".

• Rick gave a training, "Advanced Git and GitHub Research Collaboration," to the NYU Stern Economics Pre-docs Training Program at New York University, September 20-22, 2019.

• Rick's Project Euler friend key: