- Additional Positions at AU
- Affiliated Faculty, School of International Service (SIS)
- and Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS)
- PhD and MA, Economics, Minor in Political Science, Stanford University Graduate Studies in Economics, Centro de Estudios Economicos y Demograficos, El Colegio de Mexico AB, Economics, Yale University
- Languages Spoken
- English, Spanish
- Professor Blecker’s research interests include international trade, open economy macroeconomics, global trade imbalances, economic integration in North America, the Mexican economy, the limits to export-led growth strategies in developing countries, and U.S. trade policy. His teaching fields include international economics, macroeconomics, history of economic thought, and political economy.
Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
Political Economy Research Institute (PERI)
Work In Progress
- "NAFTA," in Robert E. Looney, ed., The Routledge Handbook of International Trade Agreements, Abingdon, UK: Routledge, forthcoming.
- “Long-term shifts in demand and distribution in neo-Kaleckian and neo-Goodwinian models,” in Hassan Bougrine and Louis-Philippe Rochon, eds., Economic Growth and Macroeconomic Stabilization Policies in Post-Keynesian Economics: Essays in Honour of Marc Lavoie and Mario Seccareccia, Book Two. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, forthcoming.
- "The trade deficit trap: How it got so big, why it persists, and what to do about it," Working Paper No. 284, Economic Policy Institute, July 2009.
Speeches, Interviews, and Videos
- Speech on "The US Economy After the Crisis: Slow Recovery or Secular Stagnation?" Conference on "The Spectre of Stagnation? Europe in the World Economy," Berlin, Germany, October 23, 2015. You can watch the video of my presentation and you can download my slides in a pdf file.
- Radio interview on the impact of NAFTA on the Mexican economy and US-Mexican trade (first half hour in Spanish, second half hour in English), "Tan Cerca Tan Lejos [So Close, So Far Away]: A Voice of Mexico in the United States of America," which aired on WMUA 91.1 FM, Amherst, Massachusetts June 25, 2015..
- Panel discussion on "The U.S. Trade Deficit: Is It a Problem, or Not?" Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, DC, March 9, 2015. Links to article and video.
- Panel discussion on "Negotiating Regional Trade Accords: The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership." The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, October 21, 2014. Link to video.
Honors and Awards
- AU Faculty Award for Outstanding Service to the University Community, 2014.
- AU Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in a Full-time Appointment, 2005.
Area of Expertise
U.S. economy including the budget debate; international trade and finance; exchange rates, the U.S. trade deficit, global trade imbalances.
Blecker researches international trade, open economy macroeconomics, the value of the dollar and the U.S. trade deficit, economic integration in North America, the Mexican economy and the limits to export-led growth strategies in developing countries. His teaching areas include international economics, macroeconomics, history of economic thought, and political economy.