Department of Economics
- Professor Starr's research interests are consumption, saving, wealth, healthcare spending, healthcare antitrust, pharmaceuticals, markets for healthcare services, monetary policy, macroeconomics, 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 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
“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), July 2014. “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.