Emily Blanchard

Associate Professor of Business Administration


Emily Blanchard is an Associate Professor at Tuck, Research Fellow with the Center for Economic Policy Research, and a 2017 Dartmouth Public Voices Fellow.  Professor Blanchard's research centers on two key questions:  how do globalization and education interact to determine voting outcomes and the distribution of income within and across countries? And how do global supply chains and foreign investment change the role of trade agreements and the World Trade Organization?  Her work is published in leading academic journals, and she has been called on to provide research and analysis for the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, and other government and think tank venues.  

At Tuck, Blanchard teaches Global Economics for Managers and an elective research to practice seminar on Firms and International Economic Policy.  Prior to joining the Tuck faculty, Blanchard was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Virginia. She graduated with honors from Wellesley College and holds MSc. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Recent Highlights

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”.  Her 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 forthcoming 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 epanding 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 indeed be better than others.  Read more here. 

Private Labels and Exporting: Trading Variety for Volume  //

Major international retailers and market intermediaries help exporters reach more consumers abroad, but "private label" brands can reduce the variety of goods available in the marketplace.  A forthcoming article by Blanchard, Chesnokova, and Willmann finds that firms and consumers tradeoff variety -- and firms' independent brand equity --  for volume, while private label  brands may allow international retailers to capture much of the returns from trade.   

Global Supply Chains and Trade Policy  //

Blanchard, Bown, and Johnson find that global supply 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. 

Trade, Education and the Shrinking Middle Class  //

Published March 2016 in the Journal of International Economics.  Educational institutions can drive comparative trade and determine the distribution of human capital within and across countries. This paper suggests that the hollowing out of the middle class may stem in part from differences in the relative cost of educational attainment across countries.  Download the PDF

U.S. Multinationals and Preferential Market Access  //

Cutting tariffs in aid-for-trade deals is supposed to help the poor, but U.S. foreign investment also affects who gets duty-free access. Vox-EU  Tuck Forum  Download the PDF

Carry-Along Trade  //

New data reveal that the overwhelming majority of manufacturing firms export products that they do not produce.  This paper explores firms' make-or-source decisions, and suggests an important potential role for "demand complementarity," an idea based on the possibility that firms could increase demand for core products by also offering complementary, ancillary products for sale. Download the PDF






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

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