Economics of addiction, market for addictive goods, addiction policy, delivery and financing of addiction treatment, cannabis and opioid policy
Rosalie Liccardo Pacula PhD is a Full Professor and the Elizabeth Garrett Chair in Health Policy, Economics & Law in the Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics at the University of Southern California. She also serves as Co-PI of the NIH P50 funded RAND/USC Opioid Policy Tools and Information Center of Excellence (OPTIC) and is the current President of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP). Her research focuses on issues related to illegal or imperfect markets (health care markets, insurance markets, markets for addictive goods), the measurement of these markets, and the impact of policies on the behaviour of actors in these markets. She has applied much of this knowledge to study addiction, addiction policy, and how the health care system delivers and finances treatment for addiction services. She was the lead investigator of several NIH studies examining the impact of cannabis liberalization policies (decriminalization, medicalization and legalization), and is currently conducting NIH funded work evaluating the impact of cannabis liberalization policies and markets on alcohol and opioids use and harm, assessments of opioid policies on opioid related harm and misuse, the development of improved data and methods for assessing the opioid crisis, the policies targeting it, and its short and long term effects on communities, and the development of a microsimulation model to assess the impact of alcohol policies on alcohol-related health disparities.