Ben Hansen is an applied microeconomist with a focus on public policy. He is an expert in risky behaviors and substance abuse. He works at the University of Oregon as a faculty research fellow for the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Institute for the Study of Labor. His research, featured in journals including the American Economic Review, delves into subjects like DUI penalties, police employment effects, and the public health impacts of medical marijuana laws. Beyond substance abuse, Hansen explores bullying, youth suicide, crime patterns, and prison policies. His work spans diverse societal dimensions, enhancing our understanding of risk, behavior, and policy.