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About Rosalie Liccardo Pacula

Rosalie Liccardo Pacula is the Co-Director of the Drug Policy Research Center and Faculty with the Pardee RAND Graduate School, teaching graduate courses in Health Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis. She got her Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University in 1995 and spent her first three years at the University of San Diego before coming to RAND. Her research has focused on a range of mental health and substance use health policy and criminal justice issues, including the impact of mental health parity on health care utilization and insurance offerings made by employers; the impact of Prop 36 on racial disparities in access to drug treatment; proper measurement of drug-related crime; the impact of state and federal policy on alcohol and illicit drug markets; demand for alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drugs; methodological issues in measuring the size of illicit drug markets and illicit drug prices; and the impact of substance abuse and mental health co-morbidities on health care utilization and the cost of care. She has conducted a substantial amount of work evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of national, state, and local public policies at diminishing substance use and abuse as well as their social costs, including crime, productivity losses, treatment, child welfare, and other problems. She wrote a book in 2003 with Wayne Hall entitled “Cannabis Use and Dependence: Public Health and Public Policy” published by Cambridge University Press and is considered one of the foremost experts on marijuana policy in the United States. Other work has been published in the top economics, health economics, and international journals. Dr. Pacula’s has been a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research since 1997, participating in both the Health Economics and Economics and Crime programs. From 2003 through 2007 she was a member of the National Institute of Drug Abuse’s Health Services Scientific Review Committee (NIDA-F) and prior to that served for two years on National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s Health Services Review Committee.


Present Co-Director RAND Drug Policy Research Center, RAND Corporation
Present Director BING Center for Health Economics, RAND Corporation
Present Faculty Research Fellow, NBER
Present Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School, RAND Corporation
Present Senior Economist, RAND, RAND Corporation

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Unpublished Papers (1)