Richard Evans specializes in macroeconomics, public economics, and computational economics. His current research focuses on building large-scale, open-source, dynamic general equilibrium macroeconomic models of tax policy and providing web applications to allow non-experts to use these models for policy analysis.
Evans is a senior lecturer in the Masters in Computational Social Science program at the University of Chicago, as well as a fellow with the Becker Friedman Institute and an economist at the Open Source Policy Center. Formerly, he cofounded the BYU Macroeconomics and Computational Laboratory at Brigham Young University, serving as its codirector from 2012 to 2016.
He began his economic career as a research economist at Thredgold Economic Associates in Salt Lake City, providing state and national economic analysis for Zions Bank and their operations in eight western states. He has also spent time as a researcher at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Brigham Young University, Utah Economic Council, and as an economic consultant.
Evans received a B.A. in economics from Brigham Young University in 1998, as well as his M.A. in Public Policy in 2003. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.