Robert Connor received a PhD in health economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MHA from Duke University. His expertise lies in market structure and access to service in the health sector, insurance purchasing decisions and health insurance markets, health care reform, and vertically integrated delivery systems and population-based health care financial management. His current research focuses on horizontal and vertical mergers in the health sector, the empirical basis for antitrust policy, the role of expected utility theory in consumer decisions to purchase insurance, and the impact of managed care. He received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University and has been published in the Journal of Public Budgeting and Financial Management, the Health Care Management Review, and the Journal of Economic Psychology, among others.
"More Than Risk Reduction: The Investment Appeal of Insurance," R. Connor, Journal of Economic Psychology (1996).
"Proportional Pricing: An Equitable Method of Expanding PPS to Non-Medicare Payers," R. Connor, Journal of Public Budgeting and Financial Management (1996).
"U.S. Hospital Workforce to Population Ratios by Service Area," R. Connor, Hospital and Health Services Administration (1995).
"Competition, Professional Synergism, and the Geographic Distribution of Rural Physicians," R. Connor, S. Hillson, and J. Kralewski, Medical Care (1995).
"A Financial Information System for the 1990s," R. Connor, Computers in Healthcare (1986).
"A Management Strategy for Prospective Case-Based Payment," R. Connor, Health Care Management Review (1981).
Horizontal and vertical mergers in the health sector
Fellowship for Outstanding Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania
Impact of managed care
Empirical basis for antitrust policy
Co-Author, "Case-Based Payment Systems: Eight Indicators to Watch," selected for the recommended reading list of the American Academy of Health Care Executives
Trustee, Princeton University, 1978-82
Role of expected utility theory (and other decision-making dynamics such as regret and mental accounting) in consumer decisions to purchase insurance
Excellence in Teaching Award, Program in Health Care Administration, University of Minnesota