Benjamin M. Miller

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Associate Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in economics, University of California, San Diego; B.S. in economics, Purdue University

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Benjamin Miller is an associate economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Broadly, his work falls into two categories. The first examines how incentives, such as regulatory and financial structures, support or inhibit efficient system operation. Examples include works that provide a vision for U.S. infrastructure finance policy, clarify the opportunities and challenges associated with the U.S.’s new regulatory budget, show how the salience of tax changes affects consumer behavior, and assess the sustainability of the U.S. blood supply market.

The second category includes research estimating the costs and benefits associated with various policies, programs, and public goods, typically in non-market environments. Examples include quantitative evaluations of the benefits associated with research and services provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, estimates of the number of tornado fatalities and injuries prevented by NOAA weather radios, and a review of econometric methods for estimating the value of geospatial information. Often these two categories overlap, such as several papers that suggest revisions to the national flood insurance program and estimate the impacts of those revisions.

Miller has served as the co-instructor for Advanced Econometrics II: Applied Non-Linear Modeling at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and previously worked as a statistician supporting the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation. Miller holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego and a B.S. in economics from Purdue University.

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Selected Publications

Benjamin Miller, "The Not-So Marginal Value of Weather Warning Systems," Weather, Climate, and Society, 10(1), 2018

Benjamin Miller, David Metz, Troy Smith, Jesse Lastunen, Eric Landree, and Christopher Nelson, Understanding the Economic Benefit Associated with Research and Services at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, RAND (RR-2256), 2017

Debra Knopman, Martin Wachs, Benjamin Miller, Scott Davis, and Katherine Pfrommer, Not Everything Is Broken: The Future of U.S. Transportation and Water Infrastructure Funding and Finance, RAND (RR-1739-RC), 2017

Lloyd Dixon, Noreen Clancy, Benjamin Miller, Bruce Bender, Scott Choquette, Samara Ebinger, Mel Hodges, Sue Hoegberg, Michael Lewis, Caroline Nagy, Gayle Syck, and Kevin Wolfe, The Cost and Affordability of Flood Insurance in New York City: Economic Impacts of Rising Premiums and Program Options for One- to Four-Family Homes, RAND (RR-1776), 2017

Benjamin Miller, Frank Camm, Marjory Blumenthal, Jesse Lastunen, and Kenneth Miller, Inching Toward Reform: Trump’s Deregulation and Its Implementation, RAND (PE-241), 2017

Alan Smart, Andrew Coote, Benjamin Miller, and Richard Bernknopf "A Review of Socioeconomic Evaluation Methods and Techniques," in Jamie Kruse, Joep Crompvoets, and Jay Pearlman, GEOValue: The Socioeconomic Value of Geospatial Information, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017

Andrew Mulcahy, Kandice Kapinos, Brian Briscombe, Lori Uscher-Pines, Ritika Chaturvedi, Spencer Reynolds Case, Jakub Hlavka, and Benjamin Miller, Toward a Sustainable Blood Supply in the United States. An Analysis of the Current System and Alternatives for the Future, RAND (RR-1575), 2016

Benjamin Miller & Kevin Mumford, "The Salience of Complex Tax Changes: Evidence from the Child and Dependent Care Credit Expansion," National Tax Journal, 68(3), 2015


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