Welcome Dr. Richard W. Evans!

The Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University (CGO) is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Richard W. Evans as a Senior Research Fellow. His years of academic research in macroeconomics, public economics, and computational economics will help bring exciting, new capabilities to the CGO. 

Dr. Evans is leading a new project to build a 50-state microsimulation model of individual tax and benefit policy in which all of the project will be open-source and open-access. “We are ecstatic to have Rick join us. Building this one-of-a-kind open-source tax model will not be a valuable resource for policymakers, researchers, and individuals across the U.S. but will also place the CGO at the center of today’s biggest conservations around tax policy,” said Christopher Koopman, Executive Director.

“I am very excited to be working on this project with such a great team at the CGO,” Evans said “Pairing the CGO’s extensive work with state legislatures across the country with the team of uniquely qualified experts working on this project allow us to answer questions about the effects of tax and benefit policies on individuals, state revenues, and national revenues in a way that experts and non-experts can rely on.”

Previously, Richard was Advisory Board Visiting Fellow at the Center for Public Finance at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Before that, Dr. Evans was the Associate Director and Senior Lecturer in the M.A. Program in Computational Social Science at the University of Chicago and a fellow at the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago. He was also the Founder and Director of the Open Source Economics Laboratory, co-founder and co-director of the BYU Macroeconomics and Computational Laboratory at Brigham Young University, and Assistant Professor in the BYU Economics Department.

He has also spent time as a researcher at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and the Utah Economic Council, and as an economic consultant to the World Bank and European Commission.

For more information or to request an interview, contact Marc Morris, Communications Director, at marc@thecgo.org or 202-577-7179.


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