Richard W. Evans is an assistant professor of economics at Brigham Young University, specializing in international macroeconomics, monetary economics, public economics, and computational economics. Rick is the cofounder and codirector of the BYU Macroeconomics and Computational Laboratory and is one of the nine members of the Utah Economic Council. After receiving a B.A. in Economics from Brigham Young University in 1998, he began his economic career as a research economist at Thredgold Economic Associates in Salt Lake City, providing state and national economic analysis for Zions Bank and their operations in eight western states. Rick later received a M.A. in Public Policy from Brigham Young University and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. He has also spent time as a researcher at the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and as an economic consultant.
Yingyao Hu is an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University, where he received his Ph.D. in 2003. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Econometrics and Frontiers of Economics in China and was a panelist of the National Science Foundation in 2011. His research focuses on topics in micro-econometrics and its applications in industrial organization and labor economics. His research has been published in scholarly journals such as the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, and the Journal of Econometrics.
Zhong Zhao is a professor of economics at the School of Labor and Human Resources, Renmin University of China and a research fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. He also held faculty position at Peking University, was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Southern California, and a visiting scholar at the Tinbergen Institute, University of Nottingham, University of Canberra, and the Johns Hopkins University. He holds a doctorate degree in economics from the Johns Hopkins University. His main areas of interest are labor economics, applied micro-econometrics, social program evaluation, and economy of China, among others. He has published in both international and Chinese economics journals such as Review of Economics and Statistics, Review of Income and Wealth, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series A), Economics Letters, Journal of Population Economics, and China Economic Quarterly.