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My work experience and education are listed on Page 2, or download a printable résumé.

I am also the co-host of the game theory podcast Pod, Paper, Scissors, and have many side projects of varying quality in online repositories at Github.
Also, here is Google's tally.


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    Intellectual Property
    General Economics
    Modeling methods
    Fun and games

    Underwent a peer review process:

Technical papers

  • Marriage Penalties and Bonuses by Race and Ethnicity: An Application of Race and Ethnicity Imputation, by Rachel Costello, Portia DeFillippes, Robin Fisher, Ben Klemens, and Emily Lin
    Treasury Office of Tax Analysis Working Papers, January 2024.
  • Measures of the Capital Network of the U.S. Economy
    ArXiv, January 2024.
  • An Analysis of U.S. Domestic Migration via Subset-stable Measures of Administrative Data
    Journal of Computational Social Science, June 2021.
    Read it here.
  • Valuing patents and trademarks in complex production chains
    Journal of the Knowledge Economy, March 2020.
    JKEC online.
  • Intellectual Property Boxes and the Paradox of Price Discrimination
    Center for Economic Priorities Working Paper, May 2017.
    Summary, Paper.
  • Unemployment Insurance and worker mobility, by Ryan Nunn, Laura Kawano and Ben Klemens
    Urban/Brookings Tax Policy Center report, February 2018.
    Brookings summary. PDF
  • Estimating local poverty measures using satellite images: A pilot application to Central America, by Ben Klemens, Andrea Coppola, and Max Shron
    World Bank Policy Research Paper #7329, June 2015.
    World Bank WPs.
  • A Useful Algebraic System of Statistical Models
    Census Bureau Research Report Series (Statistics), May 2013.
    Arxiv. PDF
  • A Peer-based Model of Fat-tailed Outcomes
    Arxiv, April 2013.
    Arxiv page.
  • Mutual Information as a Measure of Intercoder Agreement
    Journal of Official Statistics, October 2012.
    R script. PDF
  • Tea for Survey Processing
    United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Conference of European Statisticians, September 2012.
  • Finding Optimal Agent-based Models
    Center on Social and Economic Dynamics Working Paper #49, September 2007.
    SSRN page.
  • A genome-wide association study implicates diacylglycerol kinase eta (DGKH) and several other genes in the etiology of bipolar disorder, by AE Baum, N Akula, M Cabanero, I Cardona, W Corona, B Klemens, TG Schulze, S Cichon, M Rietschel, MM Nathen, A Georgi, J Schumacher, M Schwarz, R Abou Jamra, S Hofels, P Propping, J Satagopan, NIMH Genetics Initiative Bipolar Disorder Consortium, SD Detera-Wadleigh, J Hardy, and FJ McMahon.
    Molecular Psychiatry, May 2007 (13:2), pp 197-207. Link.
  • Social Influences and Smoking Behavior
    Brookings Report to the American Legacy Foundation, February 2006.
  • An Efficient Network Generation Method: Interpersonal Networks and the Distribution of Links , December 2005. SSRN page. PDF
  • Preferences with a Social Component , July 2003. PDF
  • Dissertation: Information Aggregation
    California Institute of Technology, May 2003.
  • When do Ordered Priors Induce Ordered Posteriors? , September 2002. SSRN page.


Popular press articles

  • Overlooked No More: James Sakoda, Whose Wartime Internment Inspired a Social Science Tool
    New York Times, with Liz Landau, 8 May 2023.
  • Mastodon—and the pros and cons of moving beyond Big Tech gatekeepers
    Ars Technica, January 2023.
  • Keeping science reproducible in a world of custom code and data
    Ars Technica, November 2021.
  • An Inclusive, Cyberpunk Future Is In the Cards
    Wired, with Liz Landau, February 2021.
  • The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle of Social Science Modeling
    Scientific American, 7 July 2020.
  • Software patents poised to make a comeback under new patent office rules
    Ars Technica, 10 January 2019.
  • The Beauty Contest: How Cities are Shaped by What We Think Others Think, with Erica C Barnett
    Strong Towns, November 2018.
    Part 1, Part 2.
  • 5 Q’s for Census Statistics Expert Ben Klemens
    Interview with The Center for Data Innovation, October 2014.
  • Copyright Law and the Progress of Science and the Useful Arts by Alina Ng
    Science and Public Policy, May 2012.
  • Bilski and Software Patents, 10 July 2010.
  • U.S. expanding the law - domestic and foreign - to benefit corporations
    San Francisco Chronicle, 17 February 2008 p E, February 2008.
  • The Rise of the Information Processing patent
    Boston University Journal of Science and Technology Law, 14:1 pp 1--37.
  • U.S. Patent Imperialism Hurts American Interests
    Washington Post, 25 August 2006, August 2006.
  • Net neutrality fosters competition between technologies, 17 August 2006. Op-ed distributed by Scripps-Howard News Service
  • The Supreme Court's Patent Trilogy: An Analysis
    Brookings Institution, May 2006.
  • The Gravity of the U.S. Patent Swindle
    Wall Street Journal, 25 March 2006, p A9, March 2006.
  • New Legal Code
    IEEE Spectrum, pp 60-62, August 2005.
  • Software Patents Don't Compute
    IEEE Spectrum, pp 56-59, July 2005.
  • The Computer-shaped Hole in the Patent Reform Act
    Brookings Institution, July 2005.
  • Shadowing Bush
    Brookings Institution, November 2004.
  • Social Norms and Voter Turnout
    Brookings Institution, January 2004.

Major software programs

  • Small world network generator and motif counter . Link, Manual.
  • 1040.js, a personal tax flowchart . Link, Pitch to IRS.
  • Tea for survey processing, with Rolando Rodríguez . Link.
  • Apophenia: a library of statistics functions, focusing on modular, cross-paradigm modeling . Link.
  • Writing appendices in LaTeX: a short macro package for writing theorems in a manner that facilitates moving proofs to an appendix. CTAN link
  • An agent-based model of migration and demography: project for ECA region of World Bank.

Live events

  • Why a monolithic patent law can't be applied to all inventions, Summer School, August 2020. Presentation video
  • Co-organizer, Agent-Based Models for Exploring Public Policy Planning, Lorentz Center at University of Leiden, July 2019. Event page
  • Transforming and Combining Statistical Models, Data Science DC @ George Washington University, August 2014. PDF slides, MP3 audio
  • A Simulation of Nonresponse and Imputation, 2013--14 Program on Computational Methods in Social Sciences (CMSS), August 2013. Event agenda, PDF slides
  • Designing a cross-paradigm modeling framework. Neyman Seminar at the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Statistics 8 May 2013; invited talk at Stanford University Department of Statistics 14 May 2013, PDF slides.
  • Appearance in Patent Absurdity, a documentary, 2010. Watch here
  • Co-producer and speaker for Brookings Conference, "The Limits of Abstract Patents in an Intangible Economy", January 2009. Brookings conference site, my PDF slides
  • Speaker, NISS exploration workshop on agent-based modeling , 20-21 November 2008. PDF slides
  • Interview by David Levine on Stanford Radio's Hearsay Culture, 10 August 2007. MP3
  • Panelist: Tech Policy Week, 5 May 2007. link
  • Poster: DNA Pooling for Whole-Genome Association Studies with Illumina Infinium Assays, by Amber E. Baum, Nirmala Akula, Ben Klemens, Imer Cardona, Winston Corona, Andrew Singleton, John Hardy, Sevilla Detera-Wadleigh, Francis J. McMahon, October 2006. PPT, PDF
  • The Kojo Nnamdi Show: "The Legal Battle over Software" (National Public Radio discussion), January 2006. info, MP3
  • Producer and moderator for "Software and Law: Is Regulation Fostering or Inhibiting Innovation?" (Brookings panel), December 2005. transcript
  • Graduate class on networks and information (Johns Hopkins Economics dept), February-May 2005. reading list and notes


  • I Spent Hundreds of Hours Working in VR. Here’s What I Learned
    WIRED, 6 Jan 2022.
    Link, See also
  • Carbondale, a game of building a local social and business network, designed for two standard decks of cards.
  • 🧆 Proposal for a falafel emoji, with Emojination. Accepted 2018, released as part of Unicode 12 in early 2019.
  • Bamboo Harvest, a game of building and resource management.
  • Cowsweeper: a variant of Minesweeper, which can be played online (if you are using a Java-enabled browser) or be downloaded and played on a PalmOS device, if you can still find one. [Available from many other sources.]