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Emily Bianchi - Emory University, Goizueta Business School. Atlanta, GA, US

Emily Bianchi Emily Bianchi

Associate Professor of Organization & Management | Emory University, Goizueta Business School





Emily Bianchi joined the Goizueta Business School in 2011. She holds a PhD in Management from Columbia University and a BA in Psychology from Harvard University. Bianchi's research examines how the state of the economy shapes attitudes and behaviors ranging from individualism to ethics. Her work also looks at how economic conditions in early adulthood influence later job attitudes, self-concepts, and moral behavior. Her work has been covered by The New York Times, The Atlantic, NPR's Marketplace, USA Today, The Financial Times, Businessweek and others. Prior to graduate school, Bianchi was a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Economic Conditions and Early Adulthood Job Attitudes Moral Behavior Economic Conditions and Psychology Organizational Behavior Social Psychology

Education (3)

Columbia University: Ph.D., Management 2012

Columbia University: M.Phil, Management 2009

Harvard University: B.A., Psychology & Afro-American Studies 2001

Media Appearances (9)

CEOs Who Began Their Careers During Booms Tend to Be Less Ethical

Harvard Business Review  online


For CEOs who began their careers when jobs were plentiful and ethical shortcuts were more prevalent, bending rules may become the template for how things are done and what it takes to succeed and survive

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How Money Affects Social Ties

TEDx  online


Emily Bianchi’s talk discusses economic conditions and its role in shaping attitudes and behaviors in our personal and professional lives.

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Higher-Earning Households Tend To Spend More Time Alone

NPR  radio


"Does access to money predict social behavior? That's the question posed by researchers Emily Bianchi and Kathleen Vohs in a new study. They dug into data for nearly 30,000 respondents of the General Social Survey - that's a long-running sociological survey of American attitude and behavior - to find out how what we earn affects how we spend our time.'

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Narcissists are everywhere — but they may not be the people you think they are

The Washington Post  print


Most (but not all) putative narcissists today are innocent victims of an overused label. Millennials? Nah. People are always more narcissistic when they’re young.

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Why Richer People Spend More Time With Their Friends

The Atlantic  online


"A new study suggests that with money comes the luxury of choosing not to socialize mostly with neighbors and family members."

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The Fall of Narcissism

The New York Times  online


Emily Bianchi, a professor of organization and management at Emory University and the study’s first author, told MinnPost that the relatively flush ’80s and ’90s might have helped touch off a rise in narcissism, but “the Great Recession may knock this upward trajectory off course.”...

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How the recession shaped a more humble generation

Marketplace  online


But, they're also young people who came of age during a recession. According to a study done by Dr. Emily Bianchi of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, recession is an event that could mitigate characteristics of narcissism.

"We don’t know a whole lot about where narcissism comes from, but what we do know seems to suggest that narcissism is tempered by adversity and to some extent by failure,” she says.

The word narcissist is one that is often misused to describe people who are vain, rude, or plain old self-centered. In psychology, narcissism has distinguishing characteristics other than self-admiration.

“Hallmarks of narcissism are lack of empathy, a sense that one is better than other people around them, a heightened sense of self-importance. Even a willingness to exploit other people to achieve one’s own gains,” Bianchi says.

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Millennials might not be as narcissistic as everyone thought

The Washington Post  online


That’s according to new research published in the journal Psychological Science. Emily Bianchi of Emory University notes that “people who enter adulthood during recessions are less likely to be narcissistic later in life” than people who start working during more financially comfortable times. (Thanks to Melissa Dahl, writing for the new site Science of Us, for flagging this.)...

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Study: Opportunities in Young Adulthood Linked to Later Narcissism

The Atlantic  online


Emily Bianchi of Emory University notes in the study that “economic recessions tend to be particularly devastating for young adults,” who are more likely to be unemployed, underemployed, and underpaid during a down economy than older adults with more experience. It stands to reason that such an experience could have a lasting effect, that what you get (or don’t get) when you’re just starting out as a working adult could shape your views of what you think you deserve...

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