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, and a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholars Program.