Martin Saavedra

  • William G. Smith & Jeanette W. Smith Associate Professor of Economics

Areas of Study


  • PhD, economics, University of Pittsburgh, 2014
  • MA, economics, University of Pittsburgh, 2010
  • BA, the Catholic University of America, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2009


Martin Saavedra is interested in health economics, labor economics, and economic history. His research focuses on how shocks during early childhood affect the adult labor market and health outcomes.

Fall 2022

Health Economics — ECON 245
Seminar: The Economics of Pandemics — ECON 415

Spring 2023

Introduction to Econometrics — ECON 255
Advanced Econometrics — ECON 355


Martin Saavedra Publishes

October 19, 2019

Assistant Professor of Economics Martin Saavedra's paper, "A Machine Learning Approach to Improving Occupational Income Scores" has been accepted by the journal Explorations in Economic History.

Martin Saavedra Presents at Conference

July 15, 2019

Associate Professor of Economics Martin Saavedra presented, "Kenji or Kennet: Pearl Harbor and Japanese-American Assimilation" at the National Bureau of Economic Research conference held in July 2019.

Martin Saavedra Presents at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

November 3, 2018

Assistant Professor of Economics Martin Saavedra presented a paper on November 3, 2018, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Martin Saavedra Presents and Discusses

June 19, 2018

Assistant Professor of Economics Martin Saavedra both discussed and presented a paper at the annual American Society of Health Economists conference.

Martin Saavedra Presents Paper on Occupational Income Scores

November 21, 2017

Martin Saavedra, assistant professor of economics, presented his paper “Should We Trust Occupational Income Scores?” at University of Michigan, Harvard University, and William & Mary.


Martin Saavedra Presents Paper

August 3, 2017

Economics Assistant Professor Martin Saavedra was invited to present his paper, “The 1918 Influenza Pandemic and the Fetal Origins Hypothesis: Evidence from Linked Data," at a workshop hosted by National Association of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Martin Saavedra Presents

July 12, 2017

Assistant Professor of Economics Martin Saavedra presented at the 92nd Annual Western Economic Association International conference (WEAI) from June 25-29, 2017 in San Diego.

Martin Saavedra Awarded Prize for Best Article

October 5, 2016

Assistant Professor of Economics Martin Saavedra won the Arthur H. Cole prize for the best article in the Journal of Economic History 2015-2016. His paper is titled "Typhoid Fever, Water Quality, and Human Capital Formation."

The Arthur H. Cole Prize is awarded annually by the Editorial Board of the Journal of Economic History for the best article in the previous year’s volume of the Journal.

Martin Saavedra Publishes

February 20, 2016

“Mitigating the Effects of Low Birth Weight: Evidence from Randomly Assigned Adoptees” by Assistant Professor of Economics Martin Saavedra has been published in the American Journal of Health Economics. Brian Beach, assistant professor of economics at the College of William and Mary, served as the corresponding author.

Martin Saavedra Presents Paper

November 24, 2015

Assistant Professor of Economics Martin Saavedra presented his paper "Early-Life Disease Exposure and Occupational Status: The Impact of Yellow Fever during the 19th Century" November 23 at the Southern Economic Association 85th Annual Meetings in New Orleans. Saavedra also served as a discussant on the paper "Long-Term Effects of Access to Health Care: Medical Missions in Colonial India" by Rossella Calvi of Boston College.

See the program for the meetings on this webpage.