Robert J. Town

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

1050 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02138

United States

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Scholarly Papers (27)

1.

Competition in Networks: An Analysis of Hospital Pricing Behavior

Number of pages: 29 Posted: 28 Sep 1999
Robert J. Town and Gregory Vistnes
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and Government of the United States of America - Federal Trade Commission
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Does Competition Kill? Hospital Quality and Competition

Number of pages: 30 Posted: 07 Apr 2000
Gautam Gowrisankaran and Robert J. Town
Columbia University and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Regulating Innovation with Uncertain Quality: Information, Risk, and Access in Medical Devices

The Wharton School Research Paper No. 87
Number of pages: 82 Posted: 24 Mar 2016 Last Revised: 04 Aug 2020
Matthew Grennan, Matthew Grennan and Robert J. Town
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Regulation, Innovation, Information

Regulating Innovation with Uncertain Quality: Information, Risk, and Access in Medical Devices

NBER Working Paper No. w20981
Number of pages: 79 Posted: 02 Mar 2015 Last Revised: 01 May 2022
Matthew Grennan, Matthew Grennan and Robert J. Town
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Inferring Hospital Quality from Patient Discharge Records Using a Bayesian Selection Model

Number of pages: 55 Posted: 09 Apr 2000
John Geweke, Gautam Gowrisankaran and Robert J. Town
University of Technology Sydney - Economics Discipline Group, Columbia University and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Competition in Health Care Markets

NBER Working Paper No. w17208
Number of pages: 159 Posted: 11 Jul 2011 Last Revised: 10 Jul 2022
Martin Gaynor and Robert J. Town
Carnegie Mellon University and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Brief of Amici Curiae Economics Professors in Federal Trade Commission v. Phoebe Putney Health System (U.S. Supreme Court)

Health Management, Policy and Innovation, Vol. 1 (2012)
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 19 Oct 2012
Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law, Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management, Bates White, LLC, Carnegie Mellon University, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Stanford Graduate School of BusinessStanford University - Department of Economics, Harvard University - Department of Economics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania - Health Care Management, Stanford University - Knight Management Center, Columbia University, Smith College, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)Princeton University - Department of Economics, University of Colorado at Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus, Denver, DePaul University - Department of Economics, Harvard University - Department of Health Care Policy, Northwestern University - Department of Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania - Health Care Systems Department, University of Chicago, affiliation not provided to SSRN, Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management, Vanderbilt University - Strategy and Business Economics, Cornell University, Harvard University - Business School (HBS) and University of Illinois at Chicago
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Bayesian Inference for Hospital Quality in a Selection Model

FRB of San Francisco Working Paper No. 2002-18
Number of pages: 63 Posted: 03 May 2005
John Geweke, Gautam Gowrisankaran and Robert J. Town
University of Technology Sydney - Economics Discipline Group, Columbia University and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Medical care

Bayesian Inference for Hospital Quality in a Selection Model

NBER Working Paper No. w8497
Number of pages: 64 Posted: 29 Sep 2001 Last Revised: 21 Sep 2022
John Geweke, Gautam Gowrisankaran and Robert J. Town
University of Technology Sydney - Economics Discipline Group, Columbia University and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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The Industrial Organization of Health Care Markets

NBER Working Paper No. w19800
Number of pages: 64 Posted: 17 Jan 2014 Last Revised: 08 Aug 2022
Martin Gaynor, Kate Ho, Kate Ho and Robert J. Town
Carnegie Mellon University, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)Princeton University - Department of Economics and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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The Welfare Consequences of Hospital Mergers

NBER Working Paper No. w12244
Number of pages: 53 Posted: 25 May 2006 Last Revised: 17 Jun 2022
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Public Health, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Economics and University of Pennsylvania - Health Care Systems Department
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Did the HMO Revolution Cause Hospital Consolidation?

NBER Working Paper No. w11087
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 23 Feb 2005 Last Revised: 18 Apr 2022
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Public Health, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Economics and University of Pennsylvania - Health Care Systems Department
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Mergers When Prices are Negotiated: Evidence from the Hospital Industry

NBER Working Paper No. w18875
Number of pages: 50 Posted: 09 Mar 2013 Last Revised: 30 Jul 2022
Gautam Gowrisankaran, Aviv Nevo and Robert J. Town
Columbia University, Northwestern University - Department of Economics and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Impacts of Unionization on Quality and Productivity: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Nursing Homes

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8240
Number of pages: 66 Posted: 14 Jun 2014
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Brigham Young University - Department of Economics, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Harvard University - Department of Health Care Policy and Florida International University (FIU)
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trade union, nursing homes, labor productivity, regression discontinuity, collective bargaining, health care quality

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Competition, Payer, and Hospital Quality

NBER Working Paper No. w9206
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 20 Sep 2002 Last Revised: 27 Feb 2022
Gautam Gowrisankaran and Robert J. Town
Columbia University and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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The Impact of Health Information Technology on Hospital Productivity

NBER Working Paper No. w18025
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 28 Apr 2012 Last Revised: 03 Apr 2022
Jinhyung Lee, Jeffrey McCullough and Robert J. Town
affiliation not provided to SSRN, University of Michigan and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Managed Care and Medical Expenditures of Medicare Beneficiaries

NBER Working Paper No. w13747
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 24 Jan 2008 Last Revised: 25 Jul 2022
Harvard University - Department of Health Care Policy, McMaster University - Department of EconomicsBall State--Department of Economics and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Regression Discontinuity Designs with an Endogenous Forcing Variable and an Application to Contracting in Health Care

NBER Working Paper No. w17643
Number of pages: 44 Posted: 12 Dec 2011 Last Revised: 17 Sep 2022
Patrick Bajari, Han Hong, Minjung Park and Robert J. Town
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Economics, Independent, Ewha Womans University and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Managed Care, Drug Benefits and Mortality: An Analysis of the Elderly

NBER Working Paper No. w10204
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 27 Jul 2006 Last Revised: 21 May 2022
Gautam Gowrisankaran and Robert J. Town
Columbia University and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Countervailing Market Power and Hospital Competition

NBER Working Paper No. w27005
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 20 Apr 2020 Last Revised: 16 Apr 2022
Eric Barrette, Gautam Gowrisankaran and Robert J. Town
Medtronic, Columbia University and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Impacts of Unionization on Employment, Product Quality and Productivity: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Nursing Homes

NBER Working Paper No. w17733
Number of pages: 65 Posted: 21 Jan 2012 Last Revised: 16 Jun 2022
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Harvard University - Department of Health Care Policy and Florida International University (FIU)
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Externalities and Benefit Design in Health Insurance

NBER Working Paper No. w21783
Number of pages: 59 Posted: 16 Nov 2020 Last Revised: 10 Jul 2022
Amanda Starc and Robert J. Town
Kellogg School of Management, Northweste and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Health Information Technology and Patient Outcomes: The Role of Organizational and Informational Complementarities

NBER Working Paper No. w18684
Number of pages: 47 Posted: 18 Jan 2013 Last Revised: 22 Jul 2022
University of Michigan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Economics and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Salience, Myopia, and Complex Dynamic Incentives: Evidence from Medicare Part D

NBER Working Paper No. w21104
Number of pages: 73 Posted: 20 Apr 2015 Last Revised: 01 Sep 2022
Wake Forest University, Columbia University and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Optimal Managed Competition Subsidies

NBER Working Paper No. w25616
Number of pages: 68 Posted: 08 Mar 2019 Last Revised: 30 Jun 2022
University of Oregon, University of Minnesota - Duluth, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and Harvard University - Department of Health Care Policy
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Can Amputation Save the Hospital? The Impact of the Medicare Rural Flexibility Program on Demand and Welfare

NBER Working Paper No. w18894
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 15 Mar 2013 Last Revised: 18 Aug 2022
Columbia University, Cornell University, University of Mannheim and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Industry Shock Expectations, Interindustry Linkages, and Merger Waves: Evidence from the Hospital Industry

Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Vol. 23, Issue 3, pp. 548-567, 2014
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 26 Jul 2014
Minjung Park and Robert J. Town
Ewha Womans University and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Modeling Employee Choice of Health Plan

iHEA 2007 6th World Congress: Explorations in Health Economics Paper
Posted: 25 Jun 2007
Caroline Carlin and Robert J. Town
University of Minnesota - Department of Applied Economics and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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consumer choice, adverse selection, multiperiod multinomial probit

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The Welfare Impact of Medicare Hmos

Posted: 13 Jan 2004
Robert J. Town and Su Liu
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

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