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

Emily Bianchi Emily Bianchi

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

Atlanta, GA, US

Professor Bianchi's research looks at how effects of graduating in a recession impact job attitudes, self-concepts, and moral behavior.




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 (7)

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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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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Articles (6)

Social Class and Social Worlds: Income Predicts the Frequency and Nature of Social Contact Social Psychological and Personality Science


Does access to money predict social behavior? Past work has shown that money fosters self-sufficiency and reduces interest in others. Building on this work, we tested whether income predicts the frequency and type of social interactions. Two studies using large, nationally representative samples of Americans (N = 118,026) and different measures of social contact showed that higher household income was associated with less time spent socializing with others (Studies 1 and 2) and more time spent alone (Study 2). Income also predicted the nature of social contact. People with higher incomes spent less time with their families and neighbors and spent more time with their friends. These findings suggest that income is associated with how and with whom people spend their time.

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How Workplace Fairness Affects Employee Commitment MIT Sloan Management Review


Workplace engagement is an important determinant for the level of commitment and loyalty that employees show toward their respective organizations. Executives must understand what motivates employees to excel in their jobs to reduce the risk of brain drain and, ultimately, to create sustainable organizational success. One of the crucial prerequisites for workforce well-being is that employees feel they can trust their line managers. Trust in decision-making authorities fundamentally shapes employees ...

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Assessing the robustness of the relationship between entering adulthood in a recession and narcissism Psychological Science


In a recent article, I reported that entering adulthood in a recession, compared with more prosperous times, predicts lower narcissism scores in later adulthood. These findings emerged in three studies, using different operationalizations of narcissism, different samples, and different ranges of birth years. In his Commentary, Fletcher (2015) reports a reanalysis of the data from one of these three studies. He first replicated the findings of Study 2. He then operationalized age in alternative ways, including using decade of birth and ...

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Trust in decision-making authorities dictates the form of the interactive relationship between outcome fairness and procedural fairness Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin


Reactions to decisions are shaped by both outcome and procedural fairness. Moreover, outcome and procedural fairness interact to influence beliefs and behaviors. However, different types of “process/outcome” interaction effects have emerged. Many studies have shown that people react particularly negatively when they receive unfair or unfavorable outcomes accompanied by unfair procedures (the “low-low” interactive pattern). However, others find that people react especially positively when they receive fair or ...

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The Effect of Racial Primes on the Test Performance of African-American and European-American Children Revue Internationale de Psychologie Sociale


There is now robust evidence that activating negative stereotypes can hinder the test performance of adults. Far less is known, however, about when children become susceptible to these effects. In the present study we examined the impact of a brief race salience manipulation on the test performance of African-American and European-American children in the second and third grade (7-9 years). Children first colored a picture depicting two White children, two Black children, or in a control condition two dogs, and then ...

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Bolstered by Booms and Tempered by Busts: American Individualism Rises and Falls with the Economy Academy of Management Proceedings


This paper examines whether American individualism rises during economic booms and wanes during economic recessions. Moreover, it examines whether declining self-focus during economic downturns is replaced by greater attendance to the needs and interests of others. Three studies, using behavioral, attitudinal, and cultural measures found that individualism swelled during prosperous economic times and declined during economic downturns. When the economy was thriving, Americans adults were more likely to give ...

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