William N. Evans, a Kellogg Institute for International Studies faculty fellow, is Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics and chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. An applied microeconomist, Evans has worked on topics in labor economics, the economics of education, public finance, and health economics. He and his colleague Jim Sullivan are the cofounders of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), a research center that partners with local service providers such as Catholic Charities to provide evidenced-based poverty solutions. A research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Evans holds a PhD from Duke University. Evans and his wife Eileen have three sons: Conor (ND 2012), Brendan (ND 2015) and Patrick (ND 2019).
Applied microeconomics, specializing in labor economics, health economics, and the economics of education
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.
Working paper (non-Kellogg)
Researchers Say There’s a Simple Way to Reduce Suicides: Increase the Minimum Wage
Apr 30, 2019
Research by Faculty Fellow Bill Evans (economics) was cited in an article in The Washington Post about the effect of minimum wage and earned-income tax credit (EITC) raises on suicide rates.
Notre Dame Researchers Say They Found Link Between Rising Heroin Deaths and OxyContin
Apr 6, 2018
Faculty Fellow Bill Evans (economics) and his research colleagues say "efforts by drug manufacturers to make OxyContin less prone to abuse did nothing to reduce the number of drug overdose deaths across the nation" (WSBT News).
Trump Administration To Drop Refugee Cap To 45,000, Lowest In Years
Sep 29, 2017
The work of Faculty Fellow Bill Evans and his student is making a contribution to the debate on refugee policy. Their study shows that over the course of refugees' time in the US, they end up paying more in taxes than they take in social services (NPR)