Benjamin Zycher is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he works on energy and environmental policy. He is also a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute.
Before joining AEI, Zycher was president of his own economics firm. He has also been an associate of the office of economic analysis in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the US Department of State; taught economics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and at The California State University; worked as an economist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology; and served as a senior staff economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisers, with responsibility for energy and environmental policy issues.
Zycher has a doctorate in economics from UCLA, a Master in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from UCLA.
Senior Fellow, Pacific Research Institute, 2009–present
President, Benjamin Zycher Economics Associates, 2004–13
Associate, Intelligence Community Associates Program, Office of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, US Department of State, 2010–12
Adjunct Professor of Economics and Business, Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics, California State University, Channel Islands, 2009–10
Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 2006–09
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) is supposed to be "an estimate of the economic damages associated with a small increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, in a given year." It's analysis is flawed in many respects.
Benjamin Zycher's comments on Wescott, Swagel, Werling, Meade, and Fitzpatrick's paper, "Oil and Debt" which commissioned by Securing America's Future Energy, published as a monograph by Keybridge Research, and presented at AEI's event, "Trillion-dollar problem: How oil dependency drives US debt."