John  A.  Romley

John A. Romley, PhD

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical and Health Economics

Pharmaceutical and Health Economics

Research Topics

Health Care Costs, Public Health, Health Insurance Markets & Benefits Design, Medical Innovation & Regulatory Policy, Medicare & Aging, Pharmacoeconomics, Comparative Effectiveness & Outcomes, Behavioral Economic

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Ph.D., Economics, Stanford University

John A. Romley


Dr. Romley is an Associate Professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy and the School of Pharmacy at the University of Southern California, an Economist at the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, and an Adjunct Economist at the RAND Corporation. Dr. Romley’s research focuses on health economics and policy. He participated in the first nationwide study of disparities in alcohol retailing in urban neighborhoods, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He was also a Co-Investigator in an AHRQ–funded study that identified, categorized and evaluated efficiency measures in health care.

In other recent work, Dr. Romley has been assessing competition among hospitals in quality of care and patient satisfaction, with support from the National Institute on Aging as well as a leading hospital system. He led a study, funded by the Hewlett Foundation, of the impact of air quality on hospital spending. Finally, he has led Do D-funded studies of best practices and costs at pharmacies and of the financial performance of military treatment facilities. Dr. Romley is the Managing Editor of Forum for Health Economics & Policy.

Selected Projects/Publications

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Racial and ethnic disparities in hospital care resulting from air pollution in excess of federal standards. -Link

Hospital spending and inpatient mortality: evidence from California: an observational study. -Link

The benefits from giving makers of conventional ‘small molecule’ drugs longer exclusivity over clinical trial data. -Link

The emerging importance of patient amenities in hospital care. -Link