David A. Argue

Corporate Vice President and Principal


B.A. American University
M.A. University of Virginia
Ph.D. University of Virginia

While at Economists Incorporated, Dr. Argue has analyzed competition and performed damages analyses in various health care markets for government merger reviews and private antitrust litigation.  He has also taught MBA-level courses in the economics of health care at the Carey Business School of Johns Hopkins University and authored several articles and presentations on health care competition matters. Among the health care areas in which Dr. Argue has consulting experience are hospitals, physician practices, ambulatory surgery centers, health insurance and pharmaceuticals.  Dr. Argue’s recent experience includes an analysis and testimony before the Utah legislature about health care markets in Utah [click here]and testimony in Saint Alphonsus et al. and FTC et al. v. St. Luke’s Health System. Dr. Argue co-authored an article in The Antitrust Health Care Chronicle (January 2012) entitled “Reexamining DOJ’s Predation Analysis in United Regional” and another in Antitrust magazine (Fall 2009) entitled “An Innovative Approach to an Old Problem: Hospital Merger Simulation.” He also published an article related to competition with specialty hospitals. This article, “An Economic Model of Competition Between General Hospitals and Physician-owned Specialty Facilities,” appears in the Fall-Winter 2007 issue of Antitrust Bulletin.  Dr. Argue has also conducted efficiency studies in hospital mergers. He has delivered numerous presentations and published other articles on topics involving health care economics issues.

Dr. Argue has performed competition and damages analyses in other industries as well, including cement, propane distribution, grocery stores, copper production, funeral homes, pesticides, telecommunications, newspapers, steel and industrial controls.  He has also conducted damages analyses in several employment-related matters.

In addition, he has expertise in environmental matters including commercial damages estimates in the Exxon Valdez oil spill, assessment of natural resource damage claims, and class certification in environmental litigation. Dr. Argue recently authored an article entitled “The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Seafood Prices” that appeared in the November 2010 issue of Environmental Law Reporter. Previously he co-authored a book entitled The Economics of a Disaster: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.