Clinton W. Saloga

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.A. in international economics, Wichita State University; B.S.B.A. in business administration, international business, economics, Kansas State University


Clinton Saloga is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. His research focuses on the effects of marijuana law reforms at state and local levels. His dissertation, “Market Responses to Local Marijuana Policies,” explores the effect of legalized marijuana sales on the demand for medical marijuana in Colorado and the impact of marijuana businesses on residential property values in Denver, Colorado. During summer 2015 he worked as a doctoral intern with the Council for Responsible Cannabis Regulation and Vicente Sederberg LLC in Denver, where he collected primary data and designed a survey instrument for customers of Colorado's regulated marijuana markets. He also prepared a chapter on U.S. drug policy for the 2016 UNGASS on World Drug Policy and will contribute to the 2016 UNODC World Drug Report.

In addition to his work on domestic drug policy, Saloga coauthored a report for the RAND Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance on international business bribery risk. He also participated in the USAID Virtual Student Foreign Service. He has presented his research at the past three conferences of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, as well as the World Bank and USAID headquarters.

Saloga holds an M.A. in international economics from Wichita State University, and a B.S.B.A. in business administration, international business, and economics from Kansas State University. He studied Latin American development at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, and attended the Summer School of International Politics at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals in Spain.


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    Business Bribery Risk Assessment

    Report introduces a new index, the TRACE Matrix, for business bribery risk assessment. The index provides a quick and useful guide for businesses operating overseas based on a conceptual model of bribery risk and supported by data specific to firms.

    Nov 11, 2014

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    The Role of Political Economy on State Laws Related to Medical Marijuana

    Studies the political economy determinants of medical marijuana laws using a new empirical classification of states' underlying views on medical marijuana.

    Jul 26, 2013