Together, Bill Evans and Jim Sullivan co-founded the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities in 2012. They each bring to this endeavor outstanding reputations as scholars and leaders in the field of applied economics. Importantly, they share a passion and extraordinary commitment to using their talent and time to improving lives and reducing poverty. The combination of nationally renowned expertise and deep personal and professional commitment to this work shapes the foundation, growth and success of LEO.
Department Chair/ Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics
Ph.D., Duke University
Research Interests: labor economics, public finance, health economics, and the economics of education
Bill Evans is an applied microeconomist who has worked on topics in labor economics, the economics of education, public finance and health economics. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a faculty affiliate for two on-campus research groups: the Kellogg Institute and Institute for Education Initiatives. Bill’s current LEO projects include evaluations of a juvenile diversion program, a holistic case management program, transitional care for low-income seniors, and refugee resettlement.
Rev. Thomas J. McDonagh, C.S.C., Professor of Economics
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Research Interests: poverty, inequality, welfare and tax policy, consumption, saving, and borrowing behavior of poor households
Jim Sullivan is an applied microeconomist whose research examines the consumption, saving, and borrowing behavior of poor households, and how welfare and tax policy affects the well-being of the poor. He has been a visiting scholar at the National Poverty Center and a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, Harris School. His current LEO projects include evaluations of a community college persistence and completion program, a holistic case management program, a homelessness prevention program, and an affordable housing program.