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William N. EvansWilliam N. Evans

Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics
Chair, Department of Economics
Cofounder, Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO)
(PhD, Duke University, 1987)
437 Flanner Hall

Geographic focus: US and international

Thematic interests: Applied microeconomics, specializing in labor economics, health economics, and the economics of education

Current research: The economic determinants of infant and child health, the impact of socioeconomic status on health, measuring the medical benefits and costs of greater health care utilization, health care reform in Guatemala.

Selected publications:

  • "Postpartum Length of Stay and Outcomes of Mothers and their Infants," Journal of Health Economics (with Craig Garthwaite and Heng Wei), 2008

  • “Marriage Selection or Marriage Protection” (with Javier Espinosa), Journal of Health Economics, 2008

  • “The Impact of Income on Mortality: Evidence from the Social Security Notch” (with Stephen Snyder), Review of Economics and Statistics, 2006

  • “Relative Deprivation, Poor Heath Habits and Mortality” (with Christine Eibner), Journal of Human Resources, 2005

  • “Does Prenatal Care Improve Birth Outcomes? Evidence from the PAT Bus Strike” (with Diana Stech Lien), Journal of Econometrics, 2005

  • “Do Workplace Smoking Bans Reduce Smoking?” (with Matthew Farrelly and Edward Montgomery), American Economic Review, 1999

  • “Can Higher Cigarette Taxes Improve Birth Outcomes?” (with Jeanne Ringel), Journal of Public Economic, 1999

  • “The Compensating Behavior of Smokers: Taxes, Tar, and Nicotine” (with Matthew Farrelly), RAND Journal of Economics, 1998

  • “Children and Their Parents’ Labor Supply: Evidence from Exogenous Variation in Family Size” (with Joshua Angrist), American Economic Review, 1998

  • "Utility Functions that Depend on Health Status: Estimates and Economic Implications" (with W. Kip Viscusi), American Economic Review, 1990




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