Daniel K. Benjamin is a professor of economics at Clemson University and a senior fellow at the Property & Environment Research Center (PERC) in Bozeman, Montana. Benjamin joined PERC in 1994 as a senior fellow and the director of the PERC Fellowship Program for graduate and law students with an interest in natural resources and the environment. During the Reagan administration, Benjamin was a deputy assistant secretary for policy and a chief of staff at the Department of Labor. 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 PhD. in economics in 1975 at the University of California at Los Angeles where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. Benjamin has taught at Montana State University, the University of Washington and the University of California at Santa Barbara. Benjamin was featured in Big Think's "Month of Thinking Dangerously," contributing the dangerous idea that recycling is paradoxically a waste.