John A. Romley

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Adjunct Economist
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B.A. in English, Amherst College; B.A. in economics, Amherst College; Ph.D. in economics, Stanford University


John Romley is an adjunct economist at RAND with a background in empirical industrial organization. His varied research interests include law and economics, empirical analyses of health care policy, efficiency in health care, hospital quality and costs, performance assessment for military treatment facilities, pharmacy costs in the military health system, disparities in alcohol retailing and influences on problem-drinking behavior, and market-entry decisions of junior physicians.

His recent research has analyzed the theoretical and empirical implications of the introduction of limited-liability business forms for law firms; he has also studied the impact of liability on small-business performance as well as the development of anti-terrorism technologies. Most recently he developed a research agenda on the role that entrepreneurship plays in helping communities cope with substantial job losses.

Selected Publications

Romley, John, Deborah Cohen, Jeanne Ringel, and Roland Sturm, "Alcohol and Environmental Justice: The Density of Liquor Stores and Bars in Urban Neighborhoods in the United States," Journal of Studies on Alcohol (forthcoming)

Romley, John, and Eric Talley, "Uncorporated Professionals," USC Law School, 2005

Ph.D. dissertation, Empirical Essays on Demand Complementarity and Competition in Gasoline Retailing