Rebecca Blank

Economics, Faith and Welfare Reform: Can We Improve Government Policy for the Poor?

Clemens Lecture Series 9, 1997

Dr. Rebecca Blank is one of the nation’s leading economists in the study of poverty and welfare programs. Her latest book, It Takes a Nation: A New Agenda for Fighting Poverty (Princeton University Press, 1997), has been acclaimed for its economic insight, clarity, and common sense in the face of a host of unsubstantiated assertions about poverty and poor people in the national debate on welfare reform. She is author of scores of scholarly articles and two other books, including Do Justice: Linking Christian Faith and Modern Economic Life. Dr. Blank is Professor of Economics at Northwestern University and the founding director of the Joint Center for Poverty Research sponsored by Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.