Emily Blanchard

Associate Professor of Business Administration


Emily Blanchard is an Associate Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a Research Fellow with the Center for Economic Policy Research.

Professor Blanchard's research lies at the intersection of international economics and public policy.  She has written extensively on how foreign investment and global value chains are changing the role of trade agreements in the 21st century, and how globalization and education shape political and economic outcomes within and across countries.  Her research is published in leading journals, including the Review of Economic Studies, Journal of International Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, and the World Trade Review, and she serves on several editorial boards.  Bringing research to practice, she has worked in collaboration with the World Trade Organization, World Bank, UNIDO, Institute for Research on Public Policy, and others.

An award-winning teacher, Professor Blanchard offers the core course Global Economics for Managers and a research to practice seminar on firms and international economic policy.  In 2017, she co-led a pilot experiential course on regional economic development in Mississippi.  Prior to joining the Tuck faculty, she was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Virginia, where she taught graduate micro theory and international trade. She graduated with honors in Economics from Wellesley College and earned MSc. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Recent Highlights

Unequal Gains, Prolonged Pain: A Model of Protectionist Overshooting and Escalation  //

Blanchard and Willmann develop a new framework for understanding how democracies respond to unanticipated changes in technology or the global economy.  Their work shows that populist surges of support for nationalist economic policies, like tariff protection, are a predictable response to major disruptions in local labor markets.    They present data on key data markers and find patterns consistent with recent electoral support for Brexit and Trump.

Global Value Chains and Trade Policy  //

Blanchard, Bown, and Johnson develop a new technique for understanding and measuring the effect of global production fragmentation on trade policy. Applying their framework to sector-level panel data for 20 years and 14 major economies, they find that global value chain trade has reduced tariff barriers both by increasing the use of bilateral trade preferences and by discouraging the use of temporary trade barriers, especially against China.    Read the working paper here. 

Carry-Along Trade  //

In a forthcoming article in the Review of Economic Studies, Blanchard, and co-authors reveal that extensive-margin sourcing of final goods is an important practice among most manufacturing exporters, and particularly among the largest and most productive firms.  Their work demands a fresh look at the sources of firm-level sucess, including demand-side drivers and ready access to arms-length suppliers and distribution networks.  

Renegotiating NAFTA  //

As part of a collaboration by leading economists to understand the explain potential changes in economic policy under the Trump administration, Blanchard explains how NAFTA has redefined how and where products are made. Deeply intertwined regional value chains complicate the distribution of losses and gains from trade.  Abandoning NAFTA, therefore could cause costly disruptions to the North American economy -- not least for American firms and workers. 







  • PhD, MSc. Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • AB, Wellesley College

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