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Martha Starr

Martha Starr

Professor 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.


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

CAS - Economics
Kreeger - G13
Contact Info
(202) 885-3747 (Work)

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See Also
Department of Economics
Prof. Starr's personal website


  • Spring 2017

    • ECON-396 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Health Econ/Healthcare Reform
    • Description

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

Prof. Starr's REPEC Page:


AU Expert

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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