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Dr. Benjamin Zycher

Visiting Scholar
American Enterprise Institute

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Dr. Benjamin Zycher is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute, a member of the advisory board of the quarterly journal Regulation, and a consultant to numerous private sector clients.

He is a former associate in the Intelligence Community Associates program of the Office of Economic Research, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State, a former senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, a former senior economist at the RAND Corporation, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Western Economic Association International, a former adjunct professor of economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, a former adjunct professor of economics and business in the MBA program at the California State University, Channel Islands, a former vice president for research at the Milken Institute, the founding editor of the quarterly public policy journal Jobs & Capital, a former senior staff economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and a former member of the advisory board of Consumer Alert.

He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California Los Angeles and a Master of Public Policy from the University of California Berkeley. He has done considerable work on energy and environmental policy, on health care policy and the economics of the pharmaceutical sector, on the economics of the insurance sector, and on such varying topics in international economics as counterterrorism policy, resource dependence, and the risk of “shocks.” He has done a substantial amount of work as well on the economic and political effects of government regulation, taxation, spending, and debt, on benefit/cost analysis of public expenditures, on the effects of economic institutions and performance upon economic growth and resource use, on long-term trends in economic performance and military capability, on the use of trade policy in pursuit of foreign policy goals, and on measures of burdensharing within alliances. His other work is on voter information and voting behavior, and on choices among constitutional institutions. Among his publications are “Defense Economics” and “OPEC” in The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics (2008).

He is a naturalized citizen of the United States, married with two children, and lives in Vienna, Virginia.

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