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Robert Town, assistant professor, health policy and management, University of Minnesota

Town specializes in health economics, industrial organization and applied econometrics. His research focuses on competition in the health care marketplace.

Town specializes in health economics, industrial organization and applied econometrics. His research focuses on competition in the health care marketplace.

He has studied the impact of hospital network formation on competitive outcomes, the roles of competition in determining hospital quality and the appropriate antitrust policy in health care and health insurance markets.

He is a former assistant professor in the graduate school of management at the University of California-Irvine and a staff economist in the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust division.

Town spoke with Herald Staff Writer Dorreen Yellow Bird.

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