CEPR Research Fellow Emily Blanchard appointed U.S. Department of State Chief Economist

Thursday, January 27, 2022

The U.S. Department of State appoints CEPR Research Fellow Emily J. Blanchard as new Chief Economist

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State, spoke on the recent appointment:

“Dr. Emily J. Blanchard, a respected scholar and economics professor from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, is joining the Department of State as Chief Economist. I will count on Dr. Blanchard’s analysis and strategic advice regarding the major geoeconomic forces shaping our world and to ensure that our international economic policies fuel inclusive economic growth and deliver for the American people.

The Office of the Chief Economist plays a key role in ensuring that our foreign policy benefits U.S. workers, their families, and their communities, because in today’s world, economic security is national security. Dr. Blanchard will guide the Department’s analysis and engagement with prominent economists, thought leaders, international organizations, financial institutions, labor groups, industry, think tanks, and academia to generate data-based insights that will inform decision-makers on issues such as trade, supply chains, commercial diplomacy, infrastructure, and the climate crisis. In addition, Dr. Blanchard will work with the Foreign Service Institute and outside organizations to help deepen the Department’s economic expertise and analytic capacity, as part of the Department’s Modernization agenda.

I welcome Dr. Blanchard to the Department and look forward to her contributions."

Emily J. Blanchard is a CEPR Research Fellow for the International Trade and Regional Economics (IT) and Political Economy (POE) programmes, and is an Associate Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. 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. She has previously has worked in collaboration with the World Trade Organization, World Bank, UNIDO, Institute for Research on Public Policy, and others. She holds a PhD and MSc in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an AB from Wellesley College.

She has contributed to several Discussion Papers, including:

and has written numerous VoxEU columns, such as:

You can read the full statement from the U.S. Department of State here.