Andrew Benson


Andrew Benson, Ph.D.


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Andrew Benson, Ph.D. / (505) 284-9395


Andrew Benson is a Postdoctoral Appointee in the Energy Storage Technology and Systems Department at Sandia National Laboratories. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Irvine, where he wrote his dissertation on the political economy and industrial organization of nuclear power. Prior to graduate studies, he was a cost-benefit analyst in the Energy Research & Development Division of the California Energy Commission.

Research Interests

Techno-economic analysis of the cost of energy technologies

Simulation and optimization of electricity grids

Electricity market design

Energy policy and program evaluation


Ph.D. Economics, University of California, Irvine, 2021

M.A., Economics, University of California, Irvine, 2017

B.A., Political Science and Economics, University of California, Davis, 2013

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Andrew Benson, Ph.D.

Key Publications

A. Benson “Global Divergence in Nuclear Power Plant Construction: The Role of Political Decentralization” Nuclear Technology (2022).