Benjamin K. Master

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Policy Researcher
Washington Office


Ph.D. in education policy, Stanford University; BA in economics, Brown University


Benjamin Master is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. He is based in the economics, sociology, and statistics department. His research has focused on issues of human capital development and management in K–12 school settings.

Master has managed large-scale research projects related to providing training and support for school leaders and teachers. He has methodological expertise in longitudinal data analysis, quasi-experimental techniques to support causal inference, value-added modeling, survey methods and analyses, qualitative and case study analyses, and experimental research design and analysis. Master earned a Ph.D. in education policy and organization studies at Stanford University.


  • A child places his COVID-19 testing swab in a vial at South Boston Catholic Academy in Boston, Massachusetts, January 28, 2021, photo by Allison Dinner/Reuters

    Lost Learning and the Costs of COVID-19

    President Biden's plan calls for $130 billion to help schools safely reopen and identifies summer school or other supports to help students compensate for lost learning time as permissible uses of this funding. Recent RAND research can shed light on how Congress might consider divvying up these funds to support students over the next year.

    Feb 10, 2021 The RAND Blog