Martha Starr

Martha Starr

Department of Economics

  • Professor Starr's research interests are consumption, saving, wealth, healthcare spending, health behaviors, regulation of tobacco products, healthcare antitrust, pharmaceuticals, markets for healthcare services, and survey data.
  • Degrees

    PhD, Economics, Boston University
    BA, with the First Class Honours, Mc Gill University

  • CAS - Economics
  • Kreeger - G13

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  • Spring 2016

    • ECON-396 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Health Econ/Healthcare Reform
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Professional Services

Professional employment

  • American University, 2002-present
  • Senior economic advisor, Deputy Commissioner for Policy & Planning, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, July 2014-present.
  • Visiting senior economist, Greylock McKinnon Associates, Cambridge, MA (healthcare litigation consulting), Jan.-Dec. 2013
  • Senior economist, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, 1992-2001
  • World Bank
  • U.S. Agency for International Development, Niger, West Africa


Service to the profession

  •  Past president, Association for Social Economics
  • Director, International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics (ICAPE)
  • Advisory board, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Survey of Consumer Payments Choice


Selected Publications

  • "Valuing regulations addressing addictive and habitual goods" (with David Cutler, Amber Jessup, and Donald Kenkel), forthcoming, Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis.

  • “Do ‘Reverse Payment’ Settlements of Brand-Generic Patent Disputes in the Pharmaceutical Industry Constitute an Anticompetitive Pay for Delay?” (with Thomas G. McGuire and Keith Drake), forthcoming, International Journal of the Business of Economics.


  • “Decomposing growth in healthcare spending, 1980-2006: Prices, quantities, demographics and diseases” (with Ana Aizcorbe and Laura Dominiak), Health Affairs, Vol. 33, No. 5 (May 2014), pp. 823-831.


  • “Using differences-in-differences to estimate damages in healthcare antitrust: A case study of Marshfield Clinic” (with Forrest McCluer), International Journal of the Business of Economics, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Nov. 2013), pp. 447-469.


Research Interests

Consumption, saving, wealth, inequality, household economic behavior

Health economics, healthcare spending, health insurance, pharmaceuticals, antitrust

Macroeconomics, business cycles, recession, Federal Reserve

Social Economics

Other resources

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Area of Expertise: Macroeconomics; consumer spending, saving, and borrowing; household wealth; wealth inequality; Federal Reserve; monetary policy; banking markets; bank runs; social economics; socially responsible investing; ethical consumption; economics of war and peace; emerging market and transition economies

Additional Information: Martha A. Starr
has worked for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the World Bank, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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