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.  In the 2019-20 academic year, she will be on sabbatical leave as a Visiting Fellow for the Kühne Center for Sustainable Globalization at the University of Zürich Department of Economics. 

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, Review of Economics and Statistics, and World Trade Review.   She serves on multiple editorial boards, and 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.  She has co-led experiential courses on regional economic development in Mississippi and economic and political change in Vietnam.  Prior to joining the Tuck faculty, she was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Virginia. 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

Did Trump's Trade War Impact the 2018 Election?  //

Blanchard, Bown, and Chor find that Republican candidates lost support in the 2018 congressional election in counties more exposed to trade retaliation, but saw no commensurate electoral gains associated with greater US tariff protection. Republicans' electoral losses appear to be driven by retaliatory tariffs on agricultural products, and were only partially mitigated by the US agricultural subsidies announced in summer 2018. Republicans also fared worse in counties that had seen recent gains in health insurance coverage, affirming the importance of health care as an election issue. A counterfactual calculation suggests that the trade war (respectively, health care) can account for five (eight) of Republicans’ lost House seats.

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. 

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.







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

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