Rosanna Smart

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Economist
Santa Monica Office

Education

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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Overview

Rosanna Smart is an economist at the RAND Corporation. Her research is in applied microeconomics, with a focus on issues related to health behaviors, illicit markets, drug policy, gun policy and criminal justice issues. Her work has covered a variety of topics 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; understanding the evolution and impact of recreational marijuana markets; developing improved measures and methods to assess implementation and impact of state opioid policies; as well as several research projects related to gun policy and firearm violence. Smart received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Commentary

  • A shadow of a hand holding a gun, photo by ugurhan/Getty Images

    'Stand Your Ground' Laws May Be Causing More Harm Than Good

    Americans have debated whether “stand your ground” laws or gun-free zones make us safer or less safe for decades. These are debates about factual matters that are, in principle, knowable. Without research on these and other topics, bad laws will inadvertently be passed or retained.

    Sep 12, 2019 Orlando Sentinel

  • 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)

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