William Evans

William Evans

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Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics

Office: 437 Flanner Hall
Phone: (574) 631-7039
Email: wevans1@nd.edu

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Areas of Expertise

Labor economics, economics of education, health economics

Evans is an applied microeconomist whose work is geared toward social issues and the policies used to address them, such as studies on the economic control of smoking, the economic determinants of health, and the changing quality of teachers. He is especially noted for his use of state-of-the-art econometric techniques to analyze health and education outcomes and the policies used to improve them. Evans has published numerous articles in refereed journals, and he is among the most frequently cited scholars in the field. His research also is regularly cited in other disciplines, including medicine, health care finance, public health, public policy, education, sociology and psychology. Evans is the editor of the Journal of Human Resources, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholars Program, a faculty fellow of the Kellogg Institute and a co-founder of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), a unique research center that partnership with local agencies such as Catholic Charities USA in an attempt to provide evidence-based poverty solutions.


Payday Can Be a Killer


Notre Dame’s Lab for Economic Opportunities endowed with $15 million gift
Notre Dame economist appointed to Council of Economic Advisers
2012: The year in review
After child dies, mom’s risk of early death skyrockets: study
Payday can be a killer, new study shows
ADHD diagnosis overused for children youngest in class, Notre Dame research concludes
Keough-Hesburgh Professorship lures leading economist


Catholic News Service — Refugees, migration a front-burner topic throughout 2016
South Bend Tribune — White House recognizes local juvenile offender program
The Chronicle of Philanthropy — ‘Poverty Lab’ Connects Nonprofit Groups With Academic Experts Who Measure Results and Design Programs
Bloomberg — Brit Banker Breaks Bad in Crystal Meth Bust
The Washington Post — Welfare reform took people off the rolls. It might have also shortened their lives.
The Telegraph — Men more likely to die after losing their wife, but women carry on as normal
Independent.ie — Men more likely to die after losing their wife, but women carry on as normal
The New York Times — Child’s Death May Raise Mother’s Mortality
New York Daily News — Child’s death elevates risk of mom’s demise
Daily Mail — Mother’s risk of an early death soars by 133% following loss of a child
Time Magazine — It’s that second paycheck that’s the real killer, demonstrably more deadly than the first.
Freakonomics Radio — On Payday, Watch Your Back
Marketplace — Freakonomics: Death on payday?
Gizmodo — Getting Paid Could Kill You
The Street — Payday: The Deadliest Time of the Month?
Freakonomics — Why You’re More Likely to Die After Getting Paid
U.S. News and World Report — Paycheck Can Be Dangerous: Study
The Wall Street Journal — Killer Paydays
MSNBC — Payday might be your last, study finds
Time — Why Getting Paid Increases Your Risk of Death
Anchorage Daily News — Professor: People more likely to die around payday
Arizona Daily Star — Mortality rates jump soon after paydays
MSNBC — Notre Dame economist says payday can be a killer
WIBC 93.1 FM — Notre Dame Study Shows More Deaths Around Pay Day
WNDU-TV — ND research suggests ADHD is over diagnosed in large number of kids
NBC Today — Nearly 1 million ADHD misdiagnoses, study says
CNN — Nearly 1 million ADHD misdiagnoses, study says