Benjamin M. Miller

Associate Economist
Washington Office


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. His research spans a wide variety of topics including environmental economics, international development, health economics, military modernization, agriculture, labor economics, regulatory affairs, econometrics, and beyond. Broadly, Miller's work looks at the resilience of infrastructure, energy systems, and health systems against environmental shocks, market-based shocks, and policy changes. One vein of research examines the causal impacts of natural disasters and econometric techniques for exploiting geospatial information. Another looks at the financial incentives created by insurance, taxation, and regulation. Miller's publications analyze the implication of flood insurance price changes in New York City, assess the sustainability of the market structure of the U.S. blood supply industry, examine how taxpayers' consumption decisions respond to complex tax changes, and even consider how children's books can be used to improve K-12 economics education. Current work examines the nuances of infrastructure finance policy, the opportunities and challenges associated with the U.S.'s new regulatory budget, the causal impact of weather warning systems on fatalities and injuries from tornadoes, and the drivers of army modernization costs. Previously, Miller 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.

Selected Publications

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

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

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