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Ben Smith

Research Associate

Ben is a researcher at AIBM with an interest in male labor market decisions and educational outcomes. He previously worked as a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation where his work frequently focused on issues related to labor, employment, and financial decision making. For two years, he followed a group of Uber and Lyft drivers in Los Angeles as they tried to find work, pay their bills, support their families, and realize their goals, and his research provides an in-depth, ethnographic look at the ways some Americans manage day-to-day financial volatility.


Long ago, Ben was in the Navy and drove a submarine. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in English from the United States Naval Academy and a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.