Benjamin M. Miller

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Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Quality Assurance Manager, RAND Social and Economic Well-Being Division
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 economist at the RAND Corporation, a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and a Research Quality Assurance Manager for RAND's Social and Economic Well-Being Division.

Miller conducts economic assessments that improve public systems, including infrastructure systems, regulatory systems, and financial systems. His research has been funded by a wide array of government agencies, including the California Department of Industrial Relations, 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 presented to multiple Congressional committees, published in academic journals, RAND reports, and textbooks, and cited by major news outlets such as the New York Times and Politico.

Miller has led multiple high-profile projects, including a Congressionally-mandated study evaluating U.S. aviation infrastructure finance policies (which received RAND's Bronze Medal award); a series of studies creating and developing the FORESEE model which helps the U.S. personnel vetting community plan for and mitigate disruptions; and studies helping both federal and foundation sponsors measure and document the value of research and innovation. Miller has also played key roles in studies that examine infrastructure and financial aspects of recovery in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, suggest revisions to the national flood insurance program, clarify the opportunities and challenges associated with U.S. regulatory reforms, and provide a vision for U.S. infrastructure finance policy. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

Selected Publications

Benjamin Miller, David Metz, Jon Schmid, Paige M. Rudin, and Marjory S. Blumenthal, Measuring the Value of Invention: The Impact of Lemelson-MIT Prize Winners' Inventions, RAND (RR-A838-1), 2021

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, 85(4), 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

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

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


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