Benjamin M. Miller

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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 economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He conducts economic assessments that improve public systems, including infrastructure systems, regulatory systems, and financial systems. Miller is currently leading evaluations assessing U.S. aviation infrastructure finance policies; modeling the resilience of the security, suitability, and clearance process to disruptions; and documenting and measuring the contribution of federal research programs to the standards development process and societal benefits at large. Prior works identify courses of action for public buildings in Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, suggest revisions to the national flood insurance program, clarify the opportunities and challenges associated with the U.S. regulatory budget, provide a vision for U.S. infrastructure finance policy, and assess the sustainability of the U.S. blood supply market.

Miller’s research has been funded by a wide array of government agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Performance Accountability Council. His work has been published in academic journals, RAND reports, and textbooks, and has been cited by major news outlets such as the New York Times and Politico.

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

Miller, Benjamin M., Debra Knopman, Liisa Ecola, Brian Phillips, Moon Kim, Nathaniel Edenfield, Daniel Schwam, and Diogo Prosdocimi, U.S. Airport Infrastructure Funding and Financing: Issues and Policy Options Pursuant to Section 122 of the 2018 Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act, RAND (RR-3175), 2020

Benjamin Miller, Lloyd Dixon, and Noreen Clancy, "Reasonable and Risk-Based? Replacing NFIP Generally Subsidized Rates with a Means-Tested Subsidy," Southern Economic Journal, 2019

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

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

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, 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

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


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