Rebecca Blank


The Institute for Policy Research
is pleased to present the

2009 IPR Distinguished Public Policy Lecture
“Why Does Inequality Matter, and What Should We Do About It?”

Rebecca Blank

by Rebecca Blank

Robert S. Kerr Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; former Dean, Ford School of Public Policy, and former Co-Director, National Poverty Center, University of Michigan

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Friday, April 17, 2009
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

McCormick Auditorium
Norris University Center
1999 Campus Drive
Evanston Campus

The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Rebecca Blank’s research focuses on the interaction between the macroeconomy, government anti-poverty programs, and the behavior and well-being of low-income families. She is the author or editor of nine books, including her most recent work, the forthcoming Insufficient Funds: Savings, Assets, Credit, and Banking Among Low-Income Families with M. Barr (Russell Sage Foundation Press).

Dr. Blank is the Robert S. Kerr Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Prior to Brookings, she was dean of the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy and co-director of the National Poverty Center. She served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1997 to 1999 and was a professor of economics and IPR faculty fellow at Northwestern University and director of the Joint Center for Poverty Research. She is a faculty affiliate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


This event is part of IPR’s 40th anniversary celebration and conference. Inequality has been a major theme of interdisciplinary IPR faculty research since the Institute was founded in 1968–69.


Please contact Patricia Reese at 847-491-8712 or e-mail her at p-reese@northwestern.edu for more information about the lecture.