Daniel K. Benjamin is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics at Clemson University, and Senior Fellow at the Property & Environment Research Center (PERC) in Bozeman, MT. A former National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, during the Reagan administration he served on the President's Council of Economic Advisers and in the Department of Labor, where he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and later Chief of Staff. Earlier, he had served as a Staff Economist with the President's Council of Economic Advisers.
Benjamin graduated from the University of Virginia and completed his Ph.D. in economics in 1975 at the University of California at Los Angeles where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. He has taught at Montana State University, University of Washington and the University of California at Santa Barbara.
He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and books, including Undoing Drugs: Beyond Legalization, an assessment of Americas war on drugs. He has also served as the Associate Editor of the journal Economic Inquiry and on the executive committee of the Western Economic Association.