Emily Blanchard

Associate Professor of Business Administration


Emily Blanchard is an Associate Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She is also a Research Fellow with the Center for Economic Policy Research and a 2017 Dartmouth Public Voices Fellow.

Professor Blanchard's research lies at the intersection of international economics and public policy.   She has developed new techniques for reexamining trade policy in response to foreign investment and global supply chains.  Her work suggests a changing role for trade agreements like NAFTA and the World Trade Organization in light of global production fragmentation.   In other work, Blanchard and coauthors study the interaction of globalization and education, and how these forces shape both political outcomes and the distribution of income within and across countries.  Her research is published in leading academic journals, and she has been called on to provide analysis for the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, UNIDO, the Institute for Research on Public Policy, and a number of other government and think tank venues.  

At Tuck, Professor Blanchard teaches 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, Blanchard was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Virginia, where she taught graduate micro theory and international trade. She graduated with Honors from Wellesley College and earned MSc. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Recent Highlights

Global Value Chains and Trade Policy  //

Together with co-authors Chad Bown and Robert Johnson, Blanchard develops 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 (e.g. anti-dumping duties), especially against China.    Read the working paper here. 

Renegotiating NAFTA  //

As part of a collaboration by leading economists to understand the explain potential changes in economic policy under the Trump administration, Blanchard points out that "while Nafta may have done little to boost or harm overall growth and prosperity on the continent, it has had a powerful role in redefining how and where products are made”.  This essay describes how cross-border supply chains complicate the distribution of losses and gains from trade and suggests that abandoning NAFTA could cause costly disruptions to the North American economy -- not least for American firms and workers. 

Export Composition Drives Educational Attainment  //

In a recent article, Blanchard and coauthor Will Olney demonstrate that what a country exports is an important driver of long run aggregate educational attainment. Tracking 102 countries over 45 years, they find that increasing a country's exports of skill-intensive manufactured goods caused educational attainment to rise over time compared to other countries, while expanding exports of agriculture or basic manufacturing caused a relative decline in a country's educational attainment. Their findings suggest that some types of exports may be better than others for boosting economic growth.  Read more here. 

Trade, Education, and the Shrinking Middle Class  //

Blanchard and co-author Gerald Willmann develop a new framework to understand how educational institutions shape comparative trade and the distribution of human capital within and across countries. Their work suggests that the hollowing out of the middle class may stem in part from differences in the relative cost of educational attainment across countries, and recommends education funding over trade protection as a means to bolster the middle class.  Download the PDF






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

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