Rosanna Smart

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Associate Economist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in economics, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A. in economics, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in economics, Pomona College

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Rosanna Smart is an associate economist at the RAND Corporation. Her research is in applied microeconomics, with a focus on issues related to health behaviors, illicit markets, drug policy, and criminal justice. Her work has covered a variety of issues related to the criminal justice system, including funded projects studying student and school factors associated with involvement in the criminal justice system, evaluations of criminal justice policy change and program implementation in Los Angeles, and policy mechanisms to increase labor demand for workers with criminal records. Other work includes estimating the health consequences of increased medical marijuana availability on spillovers to illicit marijuana use by adolescents and mortality related to use of other addictive substances; the evolution of recreational marijuana markets; implementation and impact of state opioid policies; as well as research related to gun policy and firearm violence. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.


  • A customer browses screens displaying recreational marijuana products at the MedMen store in West Hollywood, California, January 2, 2018

    How Will Cannabis Legalization Affect Alcohol Consumption?

    How will legalization of recreational marijuana affect alcohol consumption? Will drinking go down because people substitute cannabis for alcohol? Or will drinking go up because cannabis and alcohol complement each other? These questions have important implications.

    Feb 13, 2018 GreenState (San Francisco Chronicle)