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 with 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 previous work has studied 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 studying the evolution of recreational marijuana markets, policy mechanisms to increase labor demand for workers with criminal records, the implementation and impact of state opioid policies, as well as research related to gun policy and firearm violence. She previously worked as a research associate for BOTEC Analysis Corporation and as a research assistant at the Brookings Institution. 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)