Benjamin Leard

University Fellow

Benjamin Leard is a university fellow at RFF as well as an assistant professor and faculty fellow at University of Tennessee. He is an environmental economist who focuses his work on transportation policy, climate change, and discrete choice modeling. His recent work involves estimating household preferences for vehicle attributes and evaluating the costs and benefits of fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for light duty vehicles. His work has been published in Science and he has been cited in the Washington Post for his research on consumer demand for autonomous vehicles.


  • PhD in applied economics and management, Cornell University, 2014
  • BS in mathematics and economics, James Madison University, 2008

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