Robert Town

Department of Economics
The University of Texas at Austin
2225 Speedway
BRB 1.116, C3100
Austin, TX 78712
Tel: 512/475-8542

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NBER Program Affiliations: HC , IO
NBER Affiliation: Research Associate
Institutional Affiliation: University of Texas at Austin

NBER Working Papers and Publications

April 2020Countervailing Market Power and Hospital Competition
with Eric Barrette, Gautam Gowrisankaran: w27005
February 2019Optimal Managed Competition Subsidies
with Keaton S. Miller, Amil Petrin, Michael Chernew: w25616
December 2015Externalities and Benefit Design in Health Insurance
with Amanda Starc: w21783
April 2015Salience, Myopia, and Complex Dynamic Incentives: Evidence from Medicare Part D
with Christina M. Dalton, Gautam Gowrisankaran: w21104
February 2015Regulating Innovation with Uncertain Quality: Information, Risk, and Access in Medical Devices
with Matthew Grennan: w20981

Published: Matthew Grennan & Robert J. Town, 2020. "Regulating Innovation with Uncertain Quality: Information, Risk, and Access in Medical Devices," American Economic Review, vol 110(1), pages 120-161. citation courtesy of

January 2014The Industrial Organization of Health Care Markets
with Martin Gaynor, Kate Ho: w19800

Published: Martin Gaynor & Kate Ho & Robert J. Town, 2015. "The Industrial Organization of Health-Care Markets," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 53(2), pages 235-84, June. citation courtesy of

March 2013Can Amputation Save the Hospital? The Impact of the Medicare Rural Flexibility Program on Demand and Welfare
with Gautam Gowrisankaran, Claudio Lucarelli, Philip Schmidt-Dengler: w18894

Published: Gautam Gowrisankaran & Claudio Lucarelli & Philipp Schmidt-Dengler & Robert Town, 2018. "Can Amputation Save the Hospital? The Impact of the Medicare Rural Flexibility Program on Demand and Welfare," Journal of Health Economics, . citation courtesy of

Mergers When Prices are Negotiated: Evidence from the Hospital Industry
with Gautam Gowrisankaran, Aviv Nevo: w18875

Published: Gowrisankaran, Gautam, Aviv Nevo, and Robert Town. 2015. "Mergers When Prices Are Negotiated: Evidence from the Hospital Industry." American Economic Review, 105(1): 172-203. citation courtesy of

January 2013Health Information Technology and Patient Outcomes: The Role of Organizational and Informational Complementarities
with Jeffrey S. McCullough, Stephen Parente: w18684
April 2012The Impact of Health Information Technology on Hospital Productivity
with Jinhyung Lee, Jeffrey S. McCullough: w18025

Published: The impact of health information technology on hospital productivity Jinhyung Lee; Jeffrey S. Mccullough; Robert J. Town (Profiled Author: Jeffrey S McCullough) RAND Journal of Economics. 2013;44(3):545-568. citation courtesy of

January 2012Impacts of Unionization on Employment, Product Quality and Productivity: Regression Discontinuity Evidence From Nursing Homes
with Aaron J. Sojourner, David C. Grabowski, Michelle M. Chen: w17733

Published: Aaron J. Sojourner & Brigham R. Frandsen & Robert J. Town & David C. Grabowski & Min M. Chen, 2015. "Impacts of Unionization on Quality and Productivity," ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 68(4), pages 771-806, August. citation courtesy of

December 2011Regression Discontinuity Designs with an Endogenous Forcing Variable and an Application to Contracting in Health Care
with Patrick Bajari, Han Hong, Minjung Park: w17643
July 2011Competition in Health Care Markets
with Martin Gaynor: w17208

Published: Gaynor, M and Town, R. (2011) “Provider Competition,” in Handbook of Health Economics, Vol 2, Borras, P., McGuire, T. and Pauly, M., eds., Amsterdam: Elsevier.

January 2008Managed Care and Medical Expenditures of Medicare Beneficiaries
with Michael Chernew, Philip DeCicca: w13747

Published: Chernew, Michael & DeCicca, Philip & Town, Robert, 2008. "Managed care and medical expenditures of Medicare beneficiaries," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 27(6), pages 1451-1461, December. citation courtesy of

May 2006The Welfare Consequences of Hospital Mergers
with Douglas Wholey, Roger Feldman, Lawton R. Burns: w12244
January 2005Did the HMO Revolution Cause Hospital Consolidation?
with Douglas Wholey, Roger Feldman, Lawton R. Burns: w11087
January 2004Managed Care, Drug Benefits and Mortality: An Analysis of the Elderly
with Gautam Gowrisankaran: w10204

Published: Gowrisankaran Gautam & Town Robert & Barrette Eric, 2011. "Managed Care, Drug Benefits and Mortality: An Analysis of the Elderly," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 11(2), pages 1-32, January. citation courtesy of

September 2002Competition, Payer, and Hospital Quality
with Gautam Gowrisankaran: w9206

Published: Gowrisankaran, Gautam and Robert J. Town. “Competition, Payers and Hospital Quality.” Health Services Research 38 (2003): 1403 – 22.

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