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. His research spans a wide variety of topics including disaster mitigation, infrastructure finance, energy resilience, geospatial information, insurance, tax policy, regulatory affairs, health care supply, agriculture, econometrics, and beyond.

Recent and forthcoming publications examine the link between flood insurance prices and housing affordability, review federal policies surrounding transportation and water infrastructure finance, estimate the causal impact of weather warning systems on fatalities and injuries from tornadoes, and overview econometric techniques for determining the value of geospatial information.

Other publications shed light on how taxpayers' consumption decisions respond to complex tax changes in the federal tax code, discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with the U.S.’s new regulatory budget, examine energy assurance at Air Force installations, weigh alternative futures for the U.S. blood supply, and even consider how children’s books can be used to improve K-12 economics education.

Miller co-instructs the Advanced Econometrics course at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Prior to joining RAND, Miller worked as a statistician supporting the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation. He 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 & Kevin Mumford, "The Salience of Complex Tax Changes: Evidence from the Child and Dependent Care Credit Expansion," National Tax Journal, 68(3), 2015

Benjamin Miller & Michael Watts, "Oh, the Economics You’ll Find in Dr. Seuss!," Journal of Economic Education, 42(2), 2011

Benjamin Miller, "The Not-So Marginal Value of Weather Warning Systems," Weather, Climate, and Society, 0, 0 (forthcoming)

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

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

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