Department of Economics
Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire, USA , 03755.
(603) 646-2536
Fax: (603) 646-2122
E-mail: David.G.Blanchflower@Dartmouth.Edu

Born March 2, 1952
British; Permanent resident in the US (Green card holder)
Married with two daughters (aged 11 years and 10 years) and one son (aged 6 years).


1973 B.A. Soc. Sci. (Economics), University of Leicester
1975 Postgraduate Certificate in Education - Cert. Ed. Pass with distinction in teaching; University of Birmingham
1981 M.Sc. (Econ), University of Wales
1985 Ph.D., University of London
1996 M.A. (Honorary), Dartmouth College


Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, UK -- Research Officer, September 1984-July 1986
Department of Economics, University of Surrey, UK -- Lecturer, August 1986-August 1989



Member of Editorial Board of Small Business Economics
Member of Editorial Board of Industrial and Labor Relations Review
Member of Editorial Board of Scottish Journal of Political Economy


Princeton University's Richard A. Lester Prize for 'the most outstanding book in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics published in 1994'.


Statistics, Labor Economics, Advanced Labor Economics, Microeconomics and Econometrics.


  1. With Andrew Oswald, The Wage Curve, published in 1994 by MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts. A full article-length review of the book written by David Card was published in the Journal of Economic Literature, June 1995.

  2. With Richard Jackman and Gilles Saint-Paul, Swedish labor market policy: an evaluation. Report of a Non-Nordic Institution, published by the Swedish Ministry of Labour, Stockholm, Sweden, 1995.

  3. With Bernard Corry, Part-time employment in Great Britain 1980, Department of Employment Research Paper No. 57, 1987.

  4. With Peter Elias, Occupational earnings and work histories: who gets the good jobs? Department of Employment Research Paper No. 68, 1989.

  5. With Andrew Oswald, The area labour cost adjustment: analysis and a new approach, National Economic Research Associates, London, May 1996

  6. With Andrew Oswald, The area labour cost adjustment: empirical analysis and evidence on a new approach, National Economic Research Associates, London, May 1996

  7. With Andrew Oswald, The area labour cost adjustment: disaggregated estimates, London Economics, June 1996

  8. With London Economics, Berkeley Hanover Consulting and Andrew Oswald, Review of the area labour cost adjustment: project A - final report, London Economics, June 1996

  9. The role and influence of trade unions in the OECD, report to the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor, August, 1996.


  1. 'Comparative pay levels in domestically-owned and foreign-owned manufacturing plants: a comment.' British Journal of Industrial Relations, July 1984, pp. 265-267.

  2. 'Union relative wage effects; a cross-section analysis using establishment data.' British Journal of Industrial Relations, November 1984, pp. 311-332.

  3. With Peter Elias, 'Male part-time employment.' Labour Market Quarterly Report , 1985.

  4. With John Cubbin, 'Strike propensities at the British workplace.' Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, February 1986, pp. 19-40.

  5. 'Wages and concentration in Great Britain.' Applied Economics, vol. 18, 1986, pp. 1025-1038.

  6. 'What effect do unions have on relative wages in Great Britain?' British Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 24, 1986, pp. 196-204.

  7. With Andrew Oswald , 'Profit sharing: can it work?' Oxford Economic Papers, vol. 39, pp. 1-19, 1987. Reprinted in P. Sinclair (Ed.), Prices, Quantities and Expectations, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

  8. With Neil Millward, 'Trade unions and employment change: an analysis of British establishment data.' European Economic Review, 32, pp. 717-726, 1988.

  9. With Andrew Oswald, 'Internal and external influences upon pay settlements: new survey evidence.' British Journal of Industrial Relations, 3, pp. 363-370, 1988.

  10. With Andrew Oswald, 'Profit related pay: prose discovered', Economic Journal, September 98, pp. 720-730, 1988.

  11. With Andrew Oswald, 'The determination of white-collar pay.' Oxford Economic Papers, 42, pp. 356-378, 1990.

  12. With Andrew Oswald, The economic effects of Britain's trade unions. Employment Institute, 1988.

  13. With Andrew Oswald, 'Comment on house prices', Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, pp. 137-143, 1989.

  14. With Andrew Oswald, 'The wage curve'. Scandinavian Journal of Economics , 92, pp. 215-235, 1990. Reprinted in Unemployment and wage determination in Europe, edited by B. Holmlund and K.G. Lofgren, Basil Blackwell.

  15. With Andrew Oswald and Mario Garrett, 'Insider power in wage determination', Economica, 57, pp. 143-170, 1990.

  16. With Richard Freeman, 'Going different ways: unionism in the US and other OECD countries', Industrial Relations, Winter 1992, pp. 56-79 reprinted in Labor Market Institutions and the Future Role Of Unions edited by M. Bognanno and M. Kleiner, Blackwell, 1992.

  17. 'The economic effects of profit sharing', International Journal of Manpower, 12, 1, pp. 3-9, January, 1991.

  18. 'Bargaining into the 1990s: where now?', International Journal of Manpower, 11, 7, pp. 32-39, November, 1990.

  19. With Andrew Oswald and Neil Millward, 'Unionism and employment behaviour', Economic Journal, July 1991, pp. 815-834.

  20. 'Fear, unemployment and pay flexibility.' Economic Journal, March 1991, pp. 483-496.

  21. With Bruce Meyer, 'A longitudinal analysis of young entrepreneurs in Australia and the United States', Small Business Economics, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 1-20, 1994.

  22. With Andrew Oswald, 'Testing for a U-shaped wage curve: a response to Sessions', Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 1993, 95(2), pp. 245-248.

  23. With Jim Sargent and Ardis Olson, 'Adolescent obesity and subsequent labor market performance: do fat children earn less as adults?', American Journal of Diseases of Children, 1993, 147(4).

  24. With Andrew Oswald, 'Estimating a British wage curve, 1973-1990', Economic Journal, September, 1994, pp.1025-1043.

  25. With Andrew Oswald, 'An introduction to the wage curve', Journal of Economic Perspectives, Summer, 1995.

  26. With James Sargent, 'Obesity and stature in adolescence and earnings in young adulthood', Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 1994, 148, pp. 681-687.

  27. With Simon Burgess, 'Job creation and job destruction in Great Britain: 1980-1990', Industrial and Labor Relations Review, October, 1996, pp. 17-38.

  28. With Stephen Machin, 'Product market competition, wages and productivity: international evidence from establishment level data', Annales d'Economie et de Statistique, 41/42, pp. 220-253, 1996.

  29. With Andrew Oswald and Peter Sanfey, 'Wages, profits and rent sharing', Quarterly Journal of Economics, February, 1996.

  30. With Simon Burgess, 'New technology and jobs: comparative evidence from a two country study', forthcoming in Economics of Innovation and New Technology. To be reprinted in a National Academy Press book edited by Bronwyn Hall, Mark Doms and Francis Kramarz.

  31. With Andrew Oswald, 'What makes an entrepreneur? Evidence on inheritances and capital constraints', Journal of Labor Economics, forthcoming, 1997.

  32. With Richard Freeman, 'The attitudinal legacy of communist labor relations', Industrial and Labor Relations Review, April 1997, vol. 50 no. 3, pp. 438-459.

  33. With Andrew Oswald, 'Efficiency wages and the German wage curve' (in German), Mitteilungen aus der Arbeitsmarkt-und Berufsforschung, 1996.


  1. With Peter Elias , 'Local labour market influences on early occupational achievement,' in Ian Gordon (Ed.), Unemployment, regions and labour market reactions to recession. Pion Press, 1987.

  2. With Andrew Oswald, 'International patterns of work,' in British Social Attitudes: International Comparisons. Edited by R. Jowell and S. Witherspoon, Gower Press, 1989.

  3. With Andrew Oswald, 'Self-employment and the enterprise culture', in British Social Attitudes: the 1990 Report, edited by R. Jowell, S. Witherspoon and L. Brook, Gower, 1990.

  4. 'Gli effetti economicic del profit sharing in Gran Bretagna' in Salari e Producttivita. Esperienze Internazionali e Italiene edited by G. Della Rocca and L. Prosperetti, Aisri/franco Angeli, Milan, 1991.

  5. With Bruce Meyer, 'Young entrepreneurs in Australia and the United States', in Youth in the Eighties. Papers from the Australian Longitudinal Survey Research Project, edited by R.G. Gregory and T. Karmel, CEPR, Australian National University, 1992.

  6. 'Part-time employment and industrial relations in Great Britain in the 1980's,' in Working Part-time: Risks and Opportunites. Edited by B. Warme, L. Lundy and K. Lundy, Praeger, New York, 1992.

  7. With Lisa Lynch, 'Training at work: a comparison of US and British youths', in International Comparisons of Private Sector Training edited by Lisa Lynch and published by University of Chicago Press and NBER, 1994.

  8. With Richard Freeman, 'Did the Thatcher reforms change British labour market performance?, in R. Barrell (Ed.) The UK labour market. Comparative aspects and institutional developments, Cambridge University Press, 1994.

  9. With Larry Katz and Gary Loveman, 'A comparison of changes in the structure of wages in four OECD countries', in Differences and Changes in Wage Structures edited by Larry Katz and Richard Freeman and published by University of Chicago Press and NBER, 1995 pp. 25-65.

  10. With Andrew Oswald, 'International wage curves', in Differences and Changes in Wage Structures edited by Larry Katz and Richard Freeman and published by University of Chicago Press and NBER, 1995, pp. 145-174.

  11. With Andrew Oswald, 'Entrepreneurship and supernormal returns: evidence from Britain and the US', forthcoming in Birth and Start-up of Small Firms edited by G. Mussati, A Fumagelli and M. Vivarelli, Kluwer.

  12. 'Job creation and job loss: research questions arising from the use of establishment based data', in Job Creation and Loss. Analysis, Policy and Data Development, OECD, Paris, France, 1996.

  13. 'Youth labor markets in twenty three countries: a comparison using micro data'. In School to work transitions in OECD countries: a comparative analysis, edited by David Stern, Hampton Press, forthcoming.

  14. With Richard Freeman, 'Growing into work', Employment Outlook, OECD, July, 1996.

  15. 'Changes over time in union relative wage effects in Great Britain and the United States', in a Festchrift volume in honour of Bernard Corry and Maurice Peston, edited by Sami Daniel and John Grahl, forthcoming, published by Edward Elgar.

  16. With Matthew Slaughter, 'The causes and consquences of changing earnings inequality: w(h)ither the debate?', forthcoming in a conference volume edited by Karen Parker for the Council on Foreign Relations, 1998.


  1. With Andrew Oswald, 'Shares for employees: a test of their effects.' Centre for Labour Economics Discussion Paper No. 273, February 1987.

  2. With Robert Crouchley, Saul Estrin and Andrew Oswald, 'Unemployment and the demand for unions', NBER Working Paper No. 3251, February 1990.

  3. With Peter Elias, 'Ability, schooling and earnings; are twins different?' Paper presented at the American Economic Association Meetings, Anaheim, January 1993.

  4. 'The bifurcated labor market'. Paper prepared for a meeting of the Panel of Economic Advisors, Congressional Budget Office, November 15th 1993.

  5. With Andrew Oswald and Peter Warr, 'Well-being over time in Britain and the United States', mimeo, Centre for Economic Performance, 1994.

  6. With Andrew Oswald, 'Supervision, youth and the wage curve'. Paper written for the NBER conference on Disadvantaged Youth, Konstanz, May 17, 1996.

  7. With Andrew Oswald, 'The rising well-being of the young'. Paper written for the NBER conference on Disadvantaged Youth, North Carolina, December 12-14th, 1996.

  8. With Andrew Oswald, "Labour market theories on trial', New Economy, 1995, vol 2, no. 3, Autumn.

  9. With Richard Freeman, 'Creating jobs for youth', New Economy, 1997, vol 4, no. 2, pp. 68-73.


  1. A review of The Insider-Outsider Theory of Employment and Unemployment by Assar Lindbeck and Dennis Snower, MIT Press in Economic Journal, December 1990, pp. 1370-1373.

  2. A review of Unemployment: A Problem of Policy: Analysis of British Experience and Prospects, by David Worswick, published by Cambridge University Press in Journal of Economic Literature, December 1993, pp. 1979-1980.

  3. A review of Bargaining Power, by Roderick Martin, Oxford University Press in Journal of Economic Literature, December 1994.

  4. A review of Job Creation and Destruction, by Steve Davis, John Haltiwanger and Scott Schuh, MIT Press, in Journal of Economic Literature, forthcoming.


    American Economic Review, Applied Economics, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Economica, Economic Journal, Empirical Economics, European Economic Review, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Labour Economics - an International Journal, Oxford Economic Papers, Manchester School, Review of Economics and Statistics, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Small Business Economics.


Governments and Government Departments

    UK Departments of Employment (1983-1989) and the Environment (1995-1996); consultant.
    US Department of Labor, 1996.
    Swedish Ministry of Employment, 1995
    British Houses of Parliaments - expert witness 1983 and 1988
    Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisors; expert witness, 1994.
    Swedish Parliament: gave expert evidence. Also acted as a member of international commission appointed by the Prime Minister of Sweden to examine the Swedish labor market.

International Bodies

    Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, 1994-.
    Consultant on labor market issues.
    International Labor Organisation, 1997-


    New York Federal Reserve Bank, 1996. Consultant to help improve the Bank's research methods.

Consulting Firms

    National Economic Research Associates, Cambridge Massachusetts, 1994-
    National Economic Research Associates, London, UK, 1994-
    London Economics, London, UK, 1994-.
    New Bridge Street Consultants, 1986-7.

    For all of these firms I help write reports and provide general assistance as needed on labor market issues, with special emphasis on pay determination. I also do work for them on personal injury and discrimination cases.

Law Firms

    Various New Hampshire (e.g Hall and Hess; Baker and Hayes; Dean, Rice & Howard) and Vermont (e.g. Shillen & Gray) law firms preparing evaluations of losses of earnings and homework activities etc. in personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death cases for both defence and plaintiffs.

Private sector firms

    London Electricity (UK), 1993. Provided a report on appropriate wage structure to use in evidence to the government Regulator.
    Tesco (UK). Ongoing work for the biggest retail chain in the UK to help them in determining an appropriate pay strategy.

Trade unions

    General, Municipal and Boilermakers Union, UK -- consultant,, 1987.
    Union of Shop, Allied and Distributive Trades (USDAW), UK -- consultant, 1988.