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October 8, 2007
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State Laws and Marrying Age to Be Discussed
at Johns Hopkins

Rebecca Blank, a professor of public policy at the University of Michigan, will discuss "Do State Laws Affect the Age of Marriage? A Cautionary Tale," at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, in the second event in this year's Social Policy Seminar Series, presented by The Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies, the Economics Department of Economics, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The event, free and open to the public, will take place in Room 526 of the Wyman Park Building on The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore . Blank's presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period. The event is expected to last until 5:30 p.m.

Blank is the Henry Carter Adams Collegiate Professor of Public Policy and professor of economics at the University of Michigan. She is also co-director of the National Poverty Center at the Ford School, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to promote poverty-related research. In the current academic year, she is on leave as the Robert V. Kerr Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. From 1999 to 2007, she was dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Blank's research has focused on the interaction between the macroeconomy, government anti-poverty programs, and the behavior and well-being of low-income families. Her 1997 book, It Takes A Nation: A New Agenda for Fighting Poverty, won the Richard A. Lester Prize for the Outstanding Book in Labor Economics and Industrial Relations. Her more recent work includes the books Is the Market Moral? (co-authored with William McGurn, 2003, Brookings Press), and Working and Poor (jointly edited with Sheldon Danziger and Robert Schoeni, 2006, Russell Sage Press.). She is a faculty affiliate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Johns Hopkins Social Policy Seminar is a collaborative effort of IPS, the Department of Economics and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.