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Martha Starr Professor Department of Economics

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

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.
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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


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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The Ethics and Economics of the “Great Recession”

New book edited by Martha Starr examines ethical, social, political, and cultural factors of financial crisis.
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