Rosanna Smart

Rosanna Smart
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, criminal justice policy, and criminal behavior. Previous research has examined variation in medical marijuana laws and medical marijuana market size, as well as the effects of medical marijuana market growth on substance use and associated health outcomes. She has also worked on projects evaluating student and school factors associated with involvement in the criminal justice system, the relative efficiency of ride-sourcing and taxi transportation services in low-income neighborhoods, and the role of social capital in explaining the alcohol wage premium. Smart previously worked as a research associate for BOTEC Analysis Corporation and as a research assistant with the Brookings Institution. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.