Ervant J. Maksabedian

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


B.A. in economics, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE), Mexico City; M. Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Ervant Maksabedian is a doctoral candidate currently working on his dissertation, "The Effects of MHPAEA on Access to Medication-Assisted Treatments for Opioid Use Disorders." His research areas include health economics and outcomes, health policy and services, and experimental and quasi-experimental methods for causal inference. Aside from being a Ph.D. student at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, he is also an assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. He has a B.A. in economics from the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City, with an emphasis on quantitative analysis and economic theory.

At RAND, his research has focused on health economics and econometrics, cost-benefit analysis, substance use disorder treatment, drug policy, and the integration of new technologies in these areas. He has published reports on issues like access to treatment for veterans, papers evaluating the effects of recreational marijuana legalization in Washington State and Colorado, a social network for substance use intervention in the homeless population in Skid Row, and estimating the costs of treatment for opioid addiction. His dissertation focuses on access to treatment for opioid use disorders after the implementation of the Mental Health Parity Addiction and Equity Act (MHPAEA).

Recent Projects

  • Enhancing Housing First Programs with a Social Network Substance Use Intervention
  • Report on the Size of the Marijuana Market in Washington State
  • Implementation of Medical Marijuana and Its Impact on Health
  • The Impacts of Marijuana Legalization on Use, Health and Crime in Colorado and Washington State
  • Veterans' Choice Act Assessment: Current and projected health care capabilities and resources of the VA

Selected Publications

Maksabedian, E., Pacula, R.L., Stein, B., "Estimating the costs of substitution therapy for heroin and opioid addiction and the emergence of pharmacotherapy treatment options in the United States," European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, 2016 (forthcoming)

Pacula, Rosalie, Jacobson, Mireille, & Maksabedian, Ervant J, "In the weeds: a baseline view of cannabis use among legalizing states and their neighbours," Addiction, 2015

Thomas Concannon et al. "Chapter Four: Assessment of Access to VA Care," in Peter Hussey, Jeanne Ringel, Resources and Capabilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs to Provide Timely and Accessible Care to Veterans, RAND Corporation (RR-1165z2), 2015

Honors & Awards

  • Anne and Jim Rothenberg Dissertation Award, Pardee RAND Graduate School