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Martha Starr

Martha Starr

Associate Professor
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.
  • Degrees

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

  • CAS - Economics
  • Kreeger - 118

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  • Spring 2015

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

“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.

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