Robert Town Ph.D.

James L. and Nancy Powell Centenial Professor, Department of Economics, University of Texas, Austin

Former Professor in the Health Management Department at The Wharton School.

His research focuses upon health economics, medical device innovation, industrial organization and applied econometrics. His work focuses on the intersection of government policy and provider and insurer competition in the health care marketplace

Past Appearances

Knowledge@Wharton: October 11, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Annalisa Barrett (Clinical Professor of Finance, University of San Diego’s School of Business), Julian Jonker (Assistant Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics, The Wharton School), Dipayan Ghosh (Pozen Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School), Benjamin Keys (Assistant Professor, Department of Real Estate; Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research, The Wharton School), Katherine Hempstead (Senior Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), Robert Town Ph.D. (James L. and Nancy Powell Centenial Professor, Department of Economics, University of Texas, Austin), Guy Cecala (CEO, Inside Mortgage Finance), and Katherine Klein (Edward H. Bowman Professor of Management, The Wharton School) on the Thursday, October 11, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: September 26, 2017

Host Dan Loney is joined by Charles Grantham (Director, Center for Sport Management, Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University), Rocky Boiman (College Football Analyst; Former NFL Linebacker, ESPN), Jennifer Stromer-Galley (Professor, Director of the Center for Computational and Data Science; Author of “Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age”, Syracuse University), Carlos Suárez Carrasquillo (Lecturer, University of Florida, Department of Political Science, International Studies Program), Robert Town Ph.D. (James L. and Nancy Powell Centenial Professor, Department of Economics, University of Texas, Austin), Robert Field (Professor of Law and Public Health; Lecturer in Health Care Management at Wharton, Drexel University’s Kline School of Law and Dornsife School of Public Health), Vincent Buccola (Assistant Professor, Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania), Ken Shropshire (Wharton Professor Emeritus; CEO of the Global Sport Institute, The Wharton School), and Jennifer Golbeck (Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland) on the Tuesday, September 26, 2017 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Knowledge @Wharton: July 28, 2017

Host Dan Loney is joined by Mario Livio (Astrophysicist; Author of “Why?: What Makes Us Curious”), David Enrich (Finance Editor; Author of “The Spider Network: The Wild Story a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History”, The New York Times), Katherine Hempstead (Senior Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), Hugh Welsh (North American President, Royal DSM North America), and Robert Town Ph.D. (James L. and Nancy Powell Centenial Professor, Department of Economics, University of Texas, Austin) on the Friday, July 28, 2017 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Friday, July 28, 2017

Knowledge @Wharton: July 25, 2017

Host Dan Loney is joined by Johannes Eichstaedt (Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology; Founding Research Scientist of the World Well-being Project, University of Pennsylvania), Katherine Hempstead (Senior Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), Art Collins (Member, Board of Directors; Lead Director, US Bancorp, Alcoa, Inc., The Boeing Company, Cargill, Inc. and US Bancorp), Robert Town Ph.D. (James L. and Nancy Powell Centenial Professor, Department of Economics, University of Texas, Austin), and Patrick McGovern (Adjunct Professor of Anthropology; Scientific Director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the Upenn Museum; Author of “Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Recreated Homebrew Interpretations and Meal Pairing, The University of Pennsylvania) on the Tuesday, July 25, 2017 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Knowledge @Wharton: June 23, 2017

Host Dan Loney is joined by Andrew Schwedel (Senior Member of Financial Services, Bain & Company), Brian Alexander, Katherine Hempstead (Senior Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), Robert Boland J.D. (Athletics Integrity Officer; CEO and Principal, Penn State University; Boland Sports Practice), Robert Town Ph.D. (James L. and Nancy Powell Centenial Professor, Department of Economics, University of Texas, Austin), and Joe Santoliquito (President, Boxing Writers Association of America) on the Friday, June 23, 2017 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Friday, June 23, 2017

Knowledge @Wharton: June 13, 2017

Host Dan Loney is joined by Scott Nations (Author of “A History of the United States in Five Crashes”), Allen Fromherz (Director; Author of “Qatar: A Modern History”, Georgia State University, Middle East Studies Center), Katherine Hempstead (Senior Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), Robert Town Ph.D. (James L. and Nancy Powell Centenial Professor, Department of Economics, University of Texas, Austin), Peter Conti-Brown (Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania), and David Zaring (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton) on the Tuesday, June 13, 2017 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Knowledge @Wharton: May 25, 2017

Host Dan Loney is joined by Jessica London (Artist; Designer-in-Residence, Philadelphia Fashion Incubator 2017, Jessica Joy London Studios), Elissa Bloom (Executive Director, Macy’s Philadelphia Fashion Incubator, Macy’s), Michael Greenberger (Professor of Law; Founder and Director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security, Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Maryland), Erin McGowan (Associate Director, Wharton’s Small Business Development Center, The Wharton School), Max Abrahms (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University), Robert Town Ph.D. (James L. and Nancy Powell Centenial Professor, Department of Economics, University of Texas, Austin), Robert Field (Professor of Law and Public Health; Lecturer in Health Care Management at Wharton, Drexel University’s Kline School of Law and Dornsife School of Public Health), and Dan McCarthy (Assistant Professor of Marketing, Goizueta School of Business; Recent PhD graduate from the Wharton School; Co-Author of “Valuing Subscription-Based Business Using Publicly Disclosed Customer Data”, Emory University) on the Thursday, May 25, 2017 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Knowledge @Wharton: May 9, 2017

Host Dan Loney is joined by Dorothy Kronick (Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania), Tasha Eurich (Organizational Psychologist; Author of “Insight: Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life”), Katherine Hempstead (Senior Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), Robert Town Ph.D. (James L. and Nancy Powell Centenial Professor, Department of Economics, University of Texas, Austin), Jennifer Blouin (Associate Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School), and William Burke-White (Deputy Dean and Professor of Law; Inaugural Director, World Perry House, University of Pennsylvania Law School) on the Tuesday, May 9, 2017 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Knowledge @Wharton: April 28, 2017

Host Dan Loney is joined by David Kamin (Professor; Former Advisor to US Office of Management and Budget under the Obama Administration, New York University School of Law), David Callahan (Founder, Editor; Author of “The Givers: Wealth, Power and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age”, Inside Philanthropy), Katherine Hempstead (Senior Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), Kate Bahn (Economist, Center for American Progress), Drew Harwell (National Business Reporter, The Washington Post), Robert Town Ph.D. (James L. and Nancy Powell Centenial Professor, Department of Economics, University of Texas, Austin), and Marc Meredith (Associate Professor, Political Science; Associate Processor, the Business Economics and Public Policy Department, University of Pennsylvania; The Wharton School) on the Friday, April 28, 2017 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

Knowledge @Wharton: April 14, 2017

Host Dan Loney is joined by Natasha Daly (Animal Welfare Editor, National Geogrphic), Richard Painter (S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law, University of Minnesota), Katherine Hempstead (Senior Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), Robert Town Ph.D. (James L. and Nancy Powell Centenial Professor, Department of Economics, University of Texas, Austin), R. Polk Wagner (Intellectual Property Professor, Penn Law), Eric Orts (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Wharton), and Paul Eisenstein (Publisher and Editor) on the Friday, April 14, 2017 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Friday, April 14, 2017

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Host Dan Loney is joined by Kurt Ribisl (Professor and Department Chair, Department of Health Behavior, University of North Carolina), César García Hernández (Associate Professor of Law; Author of “Crimmigration Law”, University of Denver), Dan Schawbel (New York Times Bestselling Author), Katherine Hempstead (Senior Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), Robert Town Ph.D. (James L. and Nancy Powell Centenial Professor, Department of Economics, University of Texas, Austin), Scott Halpern Ph.D., M.D. (Associate Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Medical Ethics & Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania), and Sarah Paoletti (Practice Professor, Penn Law) on the Tuesday, November 13, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

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