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
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:
• "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).

• "Natural Limits of Wealth Inequality and the Effectiveness of Tax Policy," joint with Scott Condie and Kerk L. Phillips, Public Finance Review (Mar. 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:
• "Integrating Microsimulation Models of Tax Policy into a DGE Macroeconomic Model: A Canonical Example," joint with Jason DeBacker and Kerk L. Phillips, revision submitted (May 2018). [code]

• "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:
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.

• Announcing the second annual Open Source Macroeconomics Laboratory at the University of Chicago and Becker Friedman Institute. Applications for this Summer's OSM Lab Boot Camp are now open. Application deadline is February 23.

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

• Rick's Project Euler friend key: