Isabella Blengin, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Economics at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, she teaches the courses of microeconomics and hospitality economics in the bachelor and in the online MBA program. After taking her PhDs at the University of Milano and at Boston College, she did a post-doc at the University of Lausanne. She has been visiting fellow in the economics department at MIT and summer intern at the Boston Fed. Isabella’s most recent research project relates to exchange rate and hospitality, and examines how exchange rate appreciations affect the different sub-sectors of the Swiss hospitality industry. The goal is to give concrete instructions to hospitality industry practitioners to allow them to better protect themselves from exchange rate fluctuations. Other projects include theoretical analyses on optimal monetary policy with endogenous information, foreign currency denominated debt and optimal portfolio allocation under uncertainty.
Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals
Blengini, I., & Das, P. (2021). Why a New Name? The Role of Asset Characteristics and Broad Market Trends in Predicting Brand Affiliation Change in Hotels. Cornell Hospitality Quarterly.
Blengini, I., & Heo, C. (2020). How do hotels adapt their pricing strategies to macroeconomics factors? International Journal of Hospitality Management, 88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhm.2020.102522
Benhima, K., & Blengini, I. (2020). Optimal Monetary Policy when Information is Market-Generated. The Economical Journal, 130(628), 956-975. https://doi.org/10.1093/ej/ueaa007
Heo, C.Y., & Blengini, I. (2020). 3rd Revenue Management & Pricing in Services Conference (2019 RevME Europe). Journal of Revenue Pricing Management, 19, 140–143. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41272-020-00233-7
Auboin, M., & Blengini, I. (2019). The Impact of Basel III on Trade Finance: the Potential Unintended Consequences of the Leverage Ratio. Journal of Banking Regulation, 20(2), 115-123. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41261-018-0071-6
Yoonjoung Heo, C., & Blengini, I. (2019). A macroeconomic perspective on Airbnb’s global presence. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 78, 47-49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhm.2018.11.013
Blengini, I. (2012). Foreign currency debt and agents’ expectations, FINRISK working paper No. 767.
Blengini, I. (2012). Portfolio Choice under Uncertainty, FINRISK working paper No. 768.
Funded Research Projects
Blengini, I., Project: Economic Effects of Covid-19 and Macroeconomic Policies for Recovery, Date: 01.06.2020 to 30.11.2020, External fundraising: HES-SO.
Blengini, I., Project: Exchange rate appreciations and the Swiss hospitality industry, Date 01.01.2018 to 30.06.2019, External Fundraising: HES-SO.
H. Michael Mann Summer Fellowship Award, Summer 2008 Boston College Graduate Scholarship (September 2006 - May 2011)
Prize "Fausto Vicarelli" for best Undergraduate Thesis in Italy (2004)