Benjamin Zycher, Ph.D

Benjamin Zycher, Ph.D

Senior Fellow

Economic Studies

benzycher@zychereconomics.com

Benjamin Zycher is a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute, and the President of Benjamin Zycher Economics Associates. In addition, he is a member of the advisory board of the quarterly journal Regulation, of the advisory council of USA for Innovation, and the advisory council of Consumer Alert. His previous positions include:

  • Senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research;
  • Senior economist at the RAND Corporation;
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Western Economic Association International;
  • Adjunct professor of economics at the University of California, Los Angeles;
  • Vice president for research at the Milken Institute;
  • Founding editor of the quarterly public policy journal Jobs & Capital; and
  • Senior staff economist at the President?s Council of Economic Advisers for the first two years of the Reagan Administration.

He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California Los Angeles (1979) and a Master of Public Policy from the University of California Berkeley (1974).

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 (1956), married with two children, and lives in Agoura Hills, California.