Andrew Blair is currently vice provost for faculty affairs at the University of Pittsburgh and professor of business administration and economics in the Katz Graduate School of Business. During 1996-97, Blair served as interim dean of the Katz School. Earlier (1971-89), he served as associate dean and then executive associate dean of the Katz School. From 1989 to 1999, he was the founding director of the Katz School's International Business Center.
Before joining the University's faculty, Blair was at Fordham University for a number of years, serving at various periods as acting dean of the College of Business Administration and vice chair of the Department of Economics. During part of 1969, he served as an economist in the Foreign Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. While on sabbatical from the University of Pittsburgh during 1976-77, Blair was a visiting scholar/professor in the Department of Political Economy, University College Dublin, National University of Ireland.
An international/macro-economist, his teaching and research interests have focused on macroeconomic analysis and forecasting, the relationship of international trade to the process of direct investment by multinational corporations, the international economics of economic development, and the process of economic transformation in central and eastern Europe. He also teaches introductory microeconomics at the undergraduate level and managerial economics at the MBA level. He has published in such journals as Oxford Economic Papers, European Economic Review, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, the National Tax Journal, and Economia Internazionale, and has also contributed to edited scholarly monographs.
Blair recently served as chair of the Western Pennsylvania District Export Council (appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce). He is a former treasurer and member of the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the Council on International Educational Exchange. Dr. Blair has also served as a consultant for a wide variety of profit and not-for-profit organizations in the areas of strategic planning and regional economic development.
Awards and Honors
Gold Medal for service to the Master of Business Administration Program at the Faculty of Management, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia, December 2000.
- PhD in Economics, Fordham University
- MA in Economics, Fordham University
- BS in Economics, Fordham University
"Forecasting the Resurgence of the U.S. Economy in 2010: An Expert Judgment Approach," with G. N. Mandelker, T. L. Saaty, and R. Whitaker, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Volume 44, September 2010.
"Forecasting the Resurgence of the U.S. Economy in 2001: An Expert Judgment Approach," with R. Nachtmann, T. L. Saaty, and R. Whitaker, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Vol. 36, No. 2, June 2002.
Whenever feasible, Blair likes to spend time at his house in Avalon, N.J., bicycling and taking long walks on the beach.