Department of Economics
- Professor Starr's research interests are consumption, saving, wealth, healthcare, antitrust, macroeconomics, monetary policy, and social economics.
DegreesPhD, Economics, Boston University
BA, with the First Class Honours, Mc Gill University
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
- American University, 2002-present
- Senior economist, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, 1992-2001
- World Bank
- U.S. Agency for International Development
Service to the profession
- President-elect, 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
- Coeditor, Review of Social Economy
- Editorial board, Journal of Economic Issues
- Editorial board, Review of Radical Political Economy
- Editorial board, International Journal for Pluralism in Economic Education
“Contributions of economists to the housing-price bubble,” Journal of Economic Issues, forthcoming.
“Consumption, sentiment, and economic news,” Economic Inquiry, forthcoming.
“Fiscal policy and economic growth: Evidence from Saudi Arabia” (with Ghazi Joharji), Review of Middle East Economics and Finance, 2011.“Violent conflict and economic growth: Some time-series evidence,” Economic Letters, Vol. 106, No. 3 (2010): 200-204.
“The social economics of ethical consumption: Theoretical considerations and empirical evidence,” Journal of Socio-Economics, Vol. 38, No. 6 (2009): 916-925.
“Lifestyle conformity and life cycle saving,” Cambridge Journal of Economics, Vol. 33, No. 1 (2009): 25-49.
“Determinants of physical demand for gold: Evidence from panel data” (with Ky Tran), World Economy, Vol. 31, No. 3 (2008): 416–436.
“Socially responsible investment and pro-social change,” Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. XLII, No. 1 (2008): 51-74.
"Stock Market Wealth and Consumer Spending," Economic Inquiry, Vol. 40, No. 1 (2002): 69-79.
Macroeconomics, money and banking Consumption, saving, wealth, inequality Social economics Globalization, emerging market and transition economies, economics of war and peace Pluralism, knowledge, cultural studies
- ECON-100 Principles of Macroeconomics [Spring 2006]
- ECON-332 Money, Banking and Finance in the Global Economy [Fall 2007]
- ECON-630 Monetary Theory and Policy [Fall 2011]
- ECON-663 Development Macroeconomics [Spring 2007]
- SIS/ECON-696 Economics of violence and peace [Spring 2008]
- Fed Challenge 2006
- Fed Challenge 2007
- Fed Challenge 2008
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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