THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES REBECCA M. BLANK AS MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISORS
The President today announced his intent to nominate Rebecca M. Blank as Member of the Council of Economic Advisors.
Ms. Blank, of Evanston, Illinois, is on leave from Northwestern University, where she was a Professor of Economics, Director of the newly-formed Northwestern/University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research, and a member of the research faculty at Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research. Ms. Blank has written extensively on issues related to poverty and government anti-poverty programs, the well-being of low-income families, and the relationship between economic growth and income distribution. Her most recent book, It Takes a Nation: A New Agenda for Fighting Poverty, analyzes recent discussions about poverty and public policy in the United States. Ms. Blank recently received the David Kershaw award given bi-annually to the young scholar whose work has had the most impact on policy. Ms. Blank holds a Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T. and received her B.S. in Economics, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota.
The Council of Economic Advisors provides the President with economic analysis and advice on the development and implementation of a wide range of domestic and international economic policy issues. The Council consists of a Chair and two Members appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.