Benjamin K. Master

Benjamin K. Master
Senior Policy Researcher; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


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


Benjamin Master is a senior policy researcher at RAND within the economics, sociology, and statistics department, and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research has focused on issues of education and workforce development. He has led projects involving both quantitative and qualitative research methods, with expertise in experimental design and analysis, quasi-expeimental techniques to support causal inference, survey methods and analysis, developmental evaluations to inform program strategies, and case study analyses. Master serves as the Quality Assurance Manager within RAND's Education and Labor division. He is also a collaborating researcher at the RAND Lowy Family Middle Class Pathways Center.

Master has published numerous studies addressing the impact, implementation, and costs of large-scale programmatic interventions aimed at human capital development, particularly for educators. He is committed to conducting research that has the potential to improve educational and workforce outcomes and enhance equity at scale. Master earned a Ph.D. in education policy and organization studies at Stanford University.


  • Teachers and Teaching

    'Grow Your Own' Prep Programs Can Improve Diversity of the Teaching Workforce

    Black and Hispanic educators are much more likely than white educators to say they plan to leave the profession, threatening to exacerbate an already overwhelming lack of diversity. Local, “grow your own” alternative teacher preparation programs can help to strengthen the diversity of the teaching workforce, as well as enable districts to address broader staffing challenges.

    Mar 9, 2022

    The 74 Million

  • Educational Institutions

    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