B.A. from Swarthmore College and Ph.D. from Yale University
He taught previously at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2003 to 2006 Blair served as Executive Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He served earlier as Dean of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Chair of the Department of Economics, and Director of the Bureau of Economic Research.
- "Impossibility Theorems Without Collective Rationality," Journal of Economic Theory, 1976 (with G. Bordes, J. Kelly, and K. Suzumura)
- "Electoral College Reform and the Distribution of Voting Power," Public Choice, 1979
- "On the Ubiquity of Strategic Voting Opportunities," International Economic Review, 1981
- "Acyclic Collective Choice Rules," Econometrica, 1982 (with R. Pollak)
- "Labor Union Objectives and Collective Bargaining," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1984 (with D. Crawford)
- "The Primary Goods Indexation Problem in Rawls's Theory of Justice," Theory and Decision, 1988
- "Unbundling the Voting Rights and Profit Claims of Common Shares," Journal of Political Economy, 1989 (with J. Gerard and D. Golbe); and "Subjective Evaluations of n Person Games," Journal of Economic Theory, 1990 (with R. McLean)
Research interests include social choice theory and formal models of political institutions and behavior.