Thomas Evans


Thomas Evans

Senior Lecturer, Director of Undergraduate Studies
2309A Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Phone: 607-255-7010 Fax: (607) 255-4071
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Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Statement:

Tom is currently a Senior Lecturer in the department of Policy Analysis and Management.  Prior to Cornell, Tom worked as a Lecturer in the department of economics at the University of Chicago, and held various manufacturing positions in Canada, New York, and South Carolina.

Teaching and Advising Statement:
I have two main objective when teaching: 1) For students to gain a solid foundation in the technical principles; 2) To improve students’ ability to apply in a wide range of situations. Making the course interesting helps in both regards. Depending on the course, I assign homework, hold quizzes, and hold a final exam to encourage each individual to master the foundational material. In class I introduce current topics for discussion from newspapers, business magazines, politics, current events, academic research and case studies. I guide the discussion from students’ initial reactions, to an application of economic models, to a final conclusion. At the end of the discussion I provide empirical evidence to demonstrate the accuracy and limits of the models. I have recently been influenced by ‘make it stick,’ a book that pulls together a wide range of academic material related to the ways that human beings learn. A fundamental finding is that recall and usage of new material, as opposed to listening and reading, is necessary for learning and mastery. Based on these findings I am including more in-class problems, discussions, group exercises and testing.


PhD Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. (Economics), 2003
MS  Columbia University, New York, N.Y. (Industrial Engineering), 1995
BS  Royal Military College of Canada, Ontario, Canada. (Engineering Management), 1988

Courses Taught:

ECON 1110: Principles of Microeconomics
PAM 2000: Intermediate Microeconomics
PAM 2100: Introduction to Statistics
PAM 2101: Introduction to Statistics for PAM Majors
PAM 2150: Research Methods
PAM 5470: Managerial Microeconomics
PAM 5690: Regression Analysis and Managerial Forecasting
PAM 5660: Strategic Management and Organization Design of Health Care Systems
PAM 3070: Big Energy: Contemporary Issues in Human Energy Use

Administrative Responsibilities:
Tom currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the department of Policy Analysis and Management. Additionally, has served as the chair of the EPC committee during fall of 2015 for the past three semesters.

Selected Publications:

Evans, Thomas A. “An Estimate of the Accuracy of Hedonic Real Estate Valuations Using the Orange County Bankruptcy,” October 2012, 703-20.

Evans, Thomas A. and Paul B. Lewis. 2009. "Bankruptcy Reform and the Foreclosure Crisis," Banking and Financial Services Policy Report 28(1).

Evans, Thomas A. and Paul B. Lewis. 2008. “An Empirical Analysis of the 2005 Bankruptcy Reforms,” Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal 24(2): 327-60.

Evans, Thomas A. 2007. "An Empirical Test of Why Incumbents Adopt Campaign Spending Limits,"

Evans, Thomas A. 2006. "The Different Effects of Discretionary Federal Spending on Parliamentary Elections,"

Evans, Thomas A. 2005. "The Impact of Representation per Capita on the Distribution of Federal Spending and Income Taxes,"Canadian Journal of Political Science (2): 263-85.

Selected Keywords:
Public Choice; Bankruptcy; Real Estate

The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.