Nancy Nicosia

Senior Economist; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Boston Office


Ph.D. in economics, University of California, Berkeley; B.A. in economics, Wellesley College

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Nancy Nicosia is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. Her recent research has focused on the intersection of substance use, health, and crime. Her research includes an examination of the extent to which methamphetamine use can be linked to adverse health and social outcomes. She has also examined how state and federal regulations restricting over-the-counter products containing pseudoephedrine affect methamphetamine's availability and use as well as methamphetamine-related health and crime outcomes. Nicosia has also worked in the area of child health and nutrition. Her work in this area includes an examination of how junk food availability in school impacts children's BMI, how maternal work affects school meal participation, and how neighborhood safety influences children's physical activity. Nicosia received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Recent Projects

  • Impact of Air Pollution on Children's Cognitive and Health Outcomes
  • Evaluating South Dakota’s 24/7 Sobriety Program
  • School Food Environment and Child Well-Being
  • School Environment as a Mechanism to Reduce Youth Violence & Victimization
  • Environment's Impact on Children's Diet, Activity and Obesity: A Natural Experiment

Selected Publications

Kilmer, Beau, Nancy Nicosia, Paul Heaton and Gregory Midgette, "Efficacy of Frequent Monitoring with Swift, Certain, and Modest Sanctions for Violations: Insights from South Dakota’s 24/7 Sobriety Project," American Journal of Public Health, 0, 0

Datar, Ashlesha and Nancy Nicosia, "Junk Food in Schools and Childhood Obesity," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 0, 0

Dobkin, Carlos and Nancy Nicosia, "The War on Drugs: Methamphetamine, Public Health and Crime," American Economic Review, 0, 0

Nancy Nicosia, Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, Beau Kilmer, Russell Lundberg, and James Chiesa, The Economic Cost of Methamphetamine in the U.S. - 2005, RAND (MG-829), 0