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Blank, Rebecca M.

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Works: 114 works in 411 publications in 1 language and 12,323 library holdings
Genres: Conference proceedings  Case studies 
Roles: Editor
Classifications: HV95, 362.580973
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Most widely held works by Rebecca M Blank
Is the market moral? a dialogue on religion, economics, and justice by Rebecca M Blank ( )
15 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 2,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the great tradition of moral argument about the nature of the economic market, Rebecca Blank and William McGurn join to debate the fundamental questions -- equality and efficiency, productivity and social justice, individual achievement and personal rights in the workplace, and the costs and benefits of corporate and entrepreneurial capitalism. Their arguments are grounded in both economic sophistication and religious commitment. Rebecca Blank is an economist by training and describes herself as "culturally Protestant in the habits of mind and heart." She has also chaired the committee that wrote the statement on Christian faith and economic life adopted by the United Church of Christ. Addressing market failure, for her, requires that sometimes "freedom to choose" give way to other human values. William McGurn, a journalist and a Roman Catholic, uses his expertise in economics to reflect on the teachings of the church concerning the morality of the market. For McGurn, humans reach their fullest potential,when they are free from the constraints of others. He writes that "our quarrel is not so much with Adam Smith or Milton Friedman but with the Providence that so clearly designed man to be his most prosperous at his most free." This book grapples with the new imperatives of a global economy while working in the classic tradition of political economy which always treated seriously the questions of morality, justice, productivity, and freedom
The new world of welfare by Rebecca M Blank ( )
12 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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It takes a nation : a new agenda for fighting poverty by Rebecca M Blank ( Book )
10 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 1,152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this impeccably researched book, Rebecca Blank provides the definitive antidote to the scapegoating, guesswork, and outright misinformation of today's welfare debates. Demonstrating that government aid has been far more effective than most people think, she also explains that even private support for the poor depends extensively on public funds. It takes a nation to fight a problem as pervasive and subtle as modern poverty, and this book argues that we should continue to implement a mix of private and public programs. Federal, state, and local assistance should go hand in hand with private efforts at community development and personal empowerment and change
Changing inequality by Rebecca M Blank ( )
10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Rebecca M. Blank offers the first comprehensive analysis of an economic trend that has been reshaping the United States over the past three decades: rapidly rising income inequality. In clear language, she provides an overview of how and why the level and distribution of income and wealth has changed since 1979, sets this situation within its historical context, and investigates the forces that are driving it. Among other factors, Blank looks closely at changes within families, including women's increasing participation in the work force. The book includes some surprising findings-for example, that per-person income has risen sharply among almost all social groups, even as income has become more unequally distributed. Looking toward the future, Blank suggests that while rising inequality will likely be with us for many decades to come, it is not an inevitable outcome. Her book considers what can be done to address this trend, and also explores the question: why should we be concerned about this phenomenon?"--Provided by publisher
Working and poor : how economic and policy changes are affecting low-wage workers by Rebecca M Blank ( Book )
8 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Measuring racial discrimination by National Research Council (U.S.) ( Book )
12 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Finding jobs : work and welfare reform by David, ed Card ( Book )
8 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Social protection versus economic flexibility : is there a trade-off? ( Book )
12 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Insufficient funds : savings, assets, credit, and banking among low-income households ( Book )
8 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Do justice : linking Christian faith and modern economic life by Rebecca M Blank ( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Financial incentives for increasing work and income among low-income families by Rebecca M Blank ( Book )
14 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This paper investigates the impact of financial incentive programs, which have become an increasingly common component of welfare programs. We review experimental evidence from several such programs. Financial incentive programs appear to increase work and raise income (lower poverty), but cost somewhat more than alternative welfare programs. In particular, windfall beneficiaries -- those who would have been working anyway -- can raise costs by participating in the program. Several existing programs limit this effect by targeting long-term welfare recipients or by limiting benefits to full-time workers. At the same time, because financial incentive programs transfer support to working low-income families, the increase in costs due to windfall beneficiaries makes these programs more effective at alleviating poverty and raising incomes. Evidence also indicates that combining financial incentive programs with job search and job support services can increase both employment and income gains. Non-experimental evidence from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and from state Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) programs with enhanced earnings disregards also suggests that these programs increase employment, and this evidence is consistent with the experimental evidence on the impact of financial incentive programs
What has welfare reform accomplished? : impacts on welfare participation, employment, income, poverty, and family structure by Robert F Schoeni ( Book )
12 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This paper evaluates the effectiveness of recent welfare reforms, investigating the effects of both state-specific waivers in the early 1990s and the 1996 federal reform legislation. Unlike earlier work, we analyze a wide array of indicators, including welfare participation, labor market involvement, earnings, income and poverty, and family formation. While no single methodology is entirely satisfying, the results in this paper are convincing in part because they are consistent across alternative approaches. We find strong evidence that these policy changes reduced public assistance participation and increased family earnings. The result was a rise in total family income and a decline in poverty. The gains from the 1996 reforms were not as broadly distributed across the distribution of less-skilled women as were the effects of waivers. Waivers also increased labor market involvement among the less-skilled, but the 1996 reforms had little additional impact on work behavior after controlling for economic forces. These policies also appeared to have an impact on family structure
State abortion rates : the impact of policies, providers, politics, demographics, and economic environment by Rebecca M Blank ( Book )
9 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This paper uses data on abortion rates from 1974-88, to estimate two-stage least squares models with fixed state and year effects. The results indicate that implementing restrictions on Medicaid funding for abortion results in lower aggregate abortion rates in-state and higher abortion rates among nearby states, suggesting one of the main effects of these policies is to induce cross-state migration for abortion services. The effect of these restrictions on actual abortions among state residents is much smaller; a maximal estimate suggests that 22 percent of the abortions among low-income women that are publicly funded do not take place after funding is eliminated. We also have substantial evidence that a larger number of abortion providers in a state increases the abortion rate within the state, primarily through inducing cross-state migration, with nonhospital providers being particularly important. Political affiliation variables have mixed effects and are difficult to interpret. Controlling for state fixed effects, the effect of changes in demographic and economic variables over time is typically small, although a rise in unemployment has consistently positive effects on abortion rates
When can public policy makers rely on private markets? : the effective provision of social security by Rebecca M Blank ( Book )
9 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What causes public assistance caseloads to grow? by Rebecca M Blank ( Book )
13 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This paper uses state panel data to investigate changes in public assistance caseloads. Compared to other research, it uses more extensive data, both across states and over time; it utilizes a particularly rich set of control variables; it investigates the different subcomponents of the AFDC program separately; and it investigates the extent to which changes in caseloads are driven by changes in take-up rates versus in eligibility. The results indicate that an unexplained increase in AFDC-Basic caseloads started in the mid-1980s. This trend appears to be driven by three underlying components: a rise in child-only cases, an increase in take-up rates over the early 1990s during the economic slowdown, and a long-term increase in eligibility which is not well explained by a large set of control variables. In contrast, AFDC-UP caseload changes are relatively well-explained by the model in this paper and are far more responsive to economic factors. Recent state policy changes are correlated with caseload declines, but more than half of their affect appears to precede their implementation, suggesting that other changes in client and caseworker behavior was occurring in states that adopted major policy changes
The dynamics of part-time work by Rebecca M Blank ( Book )
9 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This paper uses 14 years of data from the PSID to explore dynamic labor supply choices among adult women between full-time, part-time, or no labor market work. A variety of models indicate that past choices should be important in predicting current labor supply choices. This paper compares the effectiveness of several estimation strategies which require more or less historical information. The results indicate that past history in labor supply choices among adult women is very important in predicting current labor supply; given the lack of such data in many cases, the paper explores how much is lost when limited or no longitudinal information is available. In addition, the paper explores the substantive question of the role of part-time work in the labor market. Part-time workers are a very heterogeneous group; different part-time workers are in the midst of very different labor supply patterns. Most women use part-time work as a temporary alternative to full-time work or to being out of the labor market; few women use it as a transitional step into full-time employment. Simulations suggest the potential impact on future labor supply of mandating that low-skilled women who are out of the labor market enter part-time work
Evaluating welfare reform in the United States by Rebecca M Blank ( Book )
14 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This paper reviews the economics literature on welfare reform over the 1990s. A brief summary of the policy changes over this period is followed by a discussion of the methodological techniques utilized to analyze the effects of these changes on outcomes. The paper then critically reviews the econometric and experimental literature on caseload changes, labor force changes, poverty and income changes, and family formation changes. A growing body of evidence suggests that the recent policy changes have influenced economic behavior and well-being in a variety of ways. One particular set of 'new-style' welfare programs seems to show especially promising results, with significantly increased work and earnings and reduced poverty
The Clinton legacy for America's poor by Rebecca M Blank ( Book )
10 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This paper examines the impact of Clinton era social policy changes on the poor. It explores shifts in incentives, behavior, and incomes and discusses the role Clinton did or did not play in influencing the policy mix and the nature of the political debate surrounding poverty. Policy changes included a radical shift in welfare policy, a sizable expansion in supports for low income workers with children, new child support enforcement measures, more restricted support for immigrants, and altered housing policies. Partly as a result of these policies, but also in part due to the strong economy, welfare use plummeted, work rose dramatically among single parents, and poverty was reduced. At the same time, there are indications that some families are doing worse than before and that some working families are not getting health and food benefits to which they are entitled. Significant questions remain about what will happen to poor families in the next recession
Can equity and efficiency complement each other? by Rebecca M Blank ( Book )
10 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Economists tend to assume that redistributive transfers increase equity but cause a loss in efficiency, the so-called 'leaky bucket' effect. This paper explores situations where efficiency losses are small or where equity and efficiency might even complement each other. A simple model identifies key parameters that cause leaky buckets and which policy can affect. Three situations are discussed where the equity/efficiency tradeoff may be low: When transfers go to populations with no capacity to change their behavior; when transfers go to programs that limit efficiency losses through behavioral requirements; and when commodities are subsidized that function as long-term investments and create future income gains
Public sector growth and labor market flexibility : the United States vs. the United Kingdom by Rebecca M Blank ( Book )
9 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This paper investigates whether a larger public sector limits labor market adjustment, using data from the United States and the United Kingdom, two countries with quite different public/private employment trends. The results indicate that the two countries have a similar mix of occupations and workers in the public versus the private sector. Both countries have experienced some overall convergence of the public/private wage differential over the 1980s, although the extent of this differential varies substantially by occupation and gender. Both countries have also seen wage inequality in the public and private sectors increase over the past decade. Variability in public sector employment and wages over time is generally as great as in the private sector, although the cyclical patterns are different. The US public sector, however, seems more responsive to private sector demand changes than does the public sector in the UK. The paper concludes that the public sectors of both countries show a substantial amount of change and adaptation, particularly over the past decade
 
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Abortion--U.S. states Adult services in public libraries--Evaluation Aid to families with dependent children programs--U.S. states--Econometric models Blank, Rebecca M Clinton, Bill, Copps, Michael Joseph, Council of Economic Advisers (U.S.) Distribution (Economic theory) Economic history Economic policy Economics--Religious aspects--Christianity Employees--Salaries, etc Equality--Economic aspects Evaluation research (Social action programs) Finance, Personal Financial services industry Great Britain Households--Economic aspects Income distribution Labor market Low-income consumers Marquez, Awilda Rose, Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (United States) Poor Poverty Poverty--Government policy Privatization Public welfare Public welfare administration--U.S. states--Econometric models Public welfare--Evaluation Social policy Social security Temporary employment Transfer payments Unemployment United States United States.--Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development United States.--Department of Commerce United States.--Department of Commerce.--Office of the Secretary United States.--Department of Transportation.--Office of the Secretary United States.--Federal Aviation Administration United States.--Federal Trade Commission United States.--Office of Foreign Commercial Services United States.--Office of Science and Technology Policy Unskilled labor Unskilled labor--Supply and demand Welfare recipients--Economic conditions Welfare recipients--Employment Welfare recipients--Services for Working poor
Alternative Names
Blank, R. 1955-
Blank, R. M. 1955-
Blank, Rebecca 1955-
Blank, Rebecca M.
Blank, Rebecca Margaret 1955-
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English (216)
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