Niels-Hugo Blunch

  • Associate Professor of Economics
  • Washington and Lee University



Professor Blunch joined the Williams School faculty in 2006 after working as a consultant with the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC. Professor Blunch teaches Statistics, Econometrics, Health: A Social Science Exploration, African Economic Development (Ghana Spring Term Abroad), Health Economics in Developing Countries, and Health and Education in Economic Development (Senior Research Seminar/Pre-Capstone).

Professor Blunch has published more than a dozen journal articles and book chapters on health, education and labor market issues in developing and transition economies. His work has appeared in Economic Development and Cultural Change, Education Economics, World Bank Economic Review, International Labour Review, International Journal of Training and Development, and African Development Review, among others, as well as in several edited volumes. He has also presented dozens of studies at conferences sponsored by the Population Association of America, the European Society for Population Economics, the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), and other national and international professional associations.

In addition to his faculty contributions, Professor Blunch has served as a faculty representative for the Williams School Peer Mentor Program, where older students serve as peer mentors to their younger colleagues on issues related to applied empirical research and data analysis, since 2006. He is also a Research Fellow with IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor)--a private independent economic research institute in Bonn, Germany, focused on the analysis of global labor markets--which he joined in 2007.