William Evans

Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics, LEO Co-founder

Area of Specialization

Economics of education, health economics, labor economics, public finance

Why LEO?

“Along with my colleague Jim Sullivan, I am proud to be one of the co-founders of LEO. Back in 2011, Jim and I had the unique opportunity to use our skills as academic researchers to put some empirical content to the great work performed by local social service providers in their fight against poverty. This experience led us to found LEO in 2012. I am humbled by the support LEO has received from many quarters and am hopeful that our efforts are bearing fruit in this important area.

The most rewarding aspect of my work with LEO is getting to know our wonderful service provider partners.”


Bill’s day-to-day work is focused on finding new and exciting research opportunities with LEO’s partners. Before founding LEO, he was appointed as the Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame in 2007 and served as an editor of the Journal of Human Resources from 2007-2012. Bill held a 6-year term as the Chair of the Economics Department at Notre Dame (2014-2020), and he’s currently a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He also serves as an Affiliated Professor of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. He received his BA in Economics and Math from Wake Forest University and his MA and PhD in Economics from Duke University. Bill specializes in health economics research, the economics of education, and public finance.

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Email: wevans1@nd.edu
Phone: 574.631.7039
Office: Jenkins Nanovic 3111