CEPR

November 15, 2019

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sponsor:
Institute for New Economic Thinking

Location:
The National Press Club
529 14TH ST NW , Washington, DC

Medical costs and what drives them are now a burning issue in public policy. Recent work sponsored by the Institute for New Economic Thinking has drawn attention to important factors that have thus far received only cursory public attention. These include the role of stock buybacks and financialization in the business models of major pharmaceutical companies and their relation to innovation; patents, market exclusivity, and the commercialization of government-funded research; and of course drug prices and promotion practices.

Other INET research has drawn attention to the influence of private equity firms in driving up prices in segments of medical care, especially hospital charges, and surprise billing of patients.

Leading researchers Eileen Appelbaum, Rosemary Batt, William Lazonick and Öner Tulum will present their research on these topics that will allow reporters and analysts to ask questions as well as hear answers.

For more information, visit the event site.

November 8, 2019

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Sponsor:
George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School Law & Economics Center

Location:
George Mason University
Van Metre Hall
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201

As part of the 16th Annual Symposium of the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy, CEPR Economist Hye Jin Rho will take part in a panel titled "Changing Demographics and the End of Workin' 9 to 5." Details on speakers and discussants below:

Authors

Women in the Gig Economy: The Impact of Independent Contracting Opportunities on the Female Labor Force Participation Rate

Liya Palagashvili, Assistant Professor of Economics, State University of New York-Purchase

Paola Suarez, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, State University of New York-Purchase

Discussants

Ariane Hegewisch, Program Director, Employment and Earnings, Institute for Women's Policy Research

Hye Jin Rho, Economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

For more, visit the event site.

October 29, 2019

6:30 - 9:00 PM

Host
The Center for Economic and Policy Research

Location:
AFL-CIO
815 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

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CEPR commemorated 20 years as “a professional thorn in the side of orthodoxy” with a celebration featuring food, drink, and a special message from CEPR Board member Danny Glover.

While CEPR has been providing accessible, fact-based research that explains economic concepts over the last 20 years, on October 29th we looked ahead to the future.

October 25, 2019

9:45-11:45 AM

Co-Sponsors:
University of Utah Department of Economics and the Antitrust Section of the Utah State Bar

Location:
University of Utah
Carolyn and Kem Gardner Commons
260 Central Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112

CEPR Senior Economist Dean Baker took part in a panel discussion titled "The New Brandeis School in Antitrust" as part of a larger conference hosted at the University of Utah. For more information, visit the conference schedule of events.

Moderator: Marshall Steinbaum, University of Utah, Department of Economics

Sandeep Vaheesan, Open Markets Institute

Daniel Crane, University of Michigan Law School

Tim Wu, Columbia University Law School

Lina Khan, Columbia University  Law School

Discussants:

Darren Bush, University of Houston Law School

Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research   

October 21, 2019

4:45 - 6:15 PM

Co-Sponsors:
Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas, Bank Information Center, and the Bretton Woods Project.

Location:
Georgetown University Law Center,
Gewirz Student Center (12th Floor)
120 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot chaired a plenary session titled "A Roadmap to Reform" as part of a one-day conference following the World Bank Group's annual meetings. Other speakers included:

Sean Hagan, Georgetown Law, former IMF General Counsel

Jennifer Hillman, Council of Foreign Relations, former WTO AB member, Georgetown Law

Paul Cadariou, University of Toronto, former World Bank Senior Manager, Trust Fund Quality Assurance and Compliance Group

You can RSVP or watch a livestream of the discussion here.

More information is available at the conference's site.

October 18, 2019

6:30 - 9:00 PM

Co-Sponsors:
Center for Economic and Policy Research, U.S. Network for Democracy in Brazil, and the George Washington University Progressive Student Union

Location:
Room 113
Elliott School of International Affairs
George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW
Washington, D.C.

On October 18, CEPR co-sponsored a screening of The Edge of Democracy, a film about the fall of two presidents and the crisis of Brazil's democracy. Following the film was a conversation with film director Petra Costa and Brazilianist James N. Green.

October 17, 2019

10:00-11:30 AM

Co-Sponsors:
Center for Economic and Policy Research, ITUC, Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center, Bretton Woods Project, and the Sierra Club

Congressional Co-hosts
Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Adriano Espaillat

Location:
401 Cannon
27 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC, 20003

Introductory remarks by:
Rep. Ilhan Omar

Panelists: 

  • Richard Kozul-Wright, Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 

  • Miriam Brett, International Development Finance Project Manager, Bretton Woods Project

  • Ben Beachy, Director of the Living Economy Program, Sierra Club.  

Moderator:

  • Sarah Anderson, Director of the Global Economy Project, Institute for Policy Studies

The Green New Deal offers a bold and transformative vision for rethinking sustainable development in the US. It has also spurred discussions about how these policies can be scaled up to a global context. Fundamental to crafting a ‘Global Green New Deal’ is reassessing the role of international financial institutions, whose undemocratic market fundamentalism presents a major barrier to sustainable development. With the US’s influential voice at these institutions, it has the potential to play a key role in their transformation. 

This briefing will draw on the following proposals:

Building upon these reports, this panel of experts analyzed what a Green New Deal means for US engagement in international financial institutions. Additionally, the discussion explored the ways a reformed multilateralism can support sustainable development, economic justice, and a green global economy, while overcoming the historical roadblocks erected by banks, corporations, and their allies in government.

September 24, 2019

2:15 - 3:45 PM

Co-Sponsors:
Center for Economic and Policy Research, AFL-CIO, ITUC/Global Unions Washington Office, Our Revolution

*Note: Location Change:
Longworth House Office Building, Room 1302
15 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC 20515

A discussion on Argentina's spiraling economic crisis, controversial IMF bailout program, upcoming elections, and future relations with the US.

Introductory remarks by:
Rep. Pramila Jayapal
and
Brian Finnegan, AFL-CIO

Panelists

Cecilia Nahón, former Ambassador of Argentina to the United States and Honorary Director of the American University Model G20 Initiative

Martin Guzman, Director, Columbia University Initiative for Policy Dialogue’s Program on Debt Restructuring 

Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research

Moderator:

Lara Merling, Economic Research Officer, ITUC/Global Unions Washington Office

The economic crisis in Argentina continues to intensify, with high inflation, rising poverty, and decreasing investor confidence. The implementation of a record $57 billion IMF bailout program, rather than alleviating Argentina’s economic woes, has seen poverty and unemployment rise, and a surge in debt levels. Argentinian political sentiment was tested in August, when voters went to the primary polls and delivered a decisive defeat to President Mauricio Macri and his ruling coalition. With a nearly 16-point lead, Alberto Fernández and his running mate, former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, are in a strong position to win the general presidential election on October 27. Their broad-based, progressive coalition is also poised to capture the legislature and key governorships, significantly reshaping Argentina’s political terrain.

In light of these developments, the experts on this panel analyzed the implications of the upcoming elections for Argentina, Latin America, and US-Argentina relations. They also explored policy solutions for addressing Argentina's economic difficulties, drawing lessons from the country's economic debacle. Finally, they addressed the steps that the US and the international community can take, particularly within international financial institutions like the IMF, to help developing countries tackle the problem of unsustainable debt without sacrificing economic growth and generating intolerable burdens for working people.

September 13, 2019

1:00 - 2:00 PM MT

Host:
University of Utah, Department of Economics

Location:
University of Utah
Gardner Commons, Room 4020
260 Central Campus Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

CEPR Senior Economist Dean Baker presented his work on frac sand mining in southern Utah as part of the Colloquium for the Advancement of Knowledge in Economics (CAKE) Talk Series. For more information, visit the event page.

July 23, 2019

5:30 - 7:00 PM

Hosts:
The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) 

Location:
Washington Office on Latin America
1666 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 400 Washington D.C.

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) held a reception in honor of Haitian human rights defenders and anticorruption activists.

Haiti has been mired in crisis for much of the last year as a youth-led anticorruption movement threatens the political status quo. High-level government officials, including the current president, have been implicated in a massive $2 billion scandal involving the Venezuela-led Petrocaribe initiative. In this context, Haiti has experienced a worrying increase in human rights violations.

The delegates provided brief remarks on the current situation at the start of the event. 

Speakers

Pierre Esperance, Executive Director, National Human Rights Defense Network

Rosy Auguste, Program Director, National Human Rights Defense Network

Emmanuela Douyon, Economist, Nou pap dòmi

Milostène Castin, Coordinator of Action, Reforestation and Environmental Defense

July 10, 2019

10:00 11:30 AM

Host:
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Location:
1101 K Street NW, Suite 610A
Washington, DC 20005

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump decried China’s economic and trade practices and pledged to balance the scales for America. Since taking office, the Trump administration has followed through by confronting China with tariffs and making stern demands that, among other things, China stop stealing U.S. intellectual property, coercing U.S. companies into joint ventures and tech transfers, and subsidizing state-owned enterprises. The escalating trade war has touched off an intense debate in Washington—particularly among Democrats—about the extent to which the president is right in his assessment of China and what, if anything, the United States should be doing in response to China’s mercantilist policies.

Some argue that Chinese practices such as forcing technology transfers mostly hurt U.S. corporations, not U.S. workers, so the U.S. government shouldn’t have a dog in the fight, and they contend that China is behaving in much the same way as other nations, including the United States, when it subsidizes its industries, so America has little moral standing to complain. Others, including ITIF, argue that China’s mercantilist practices—especially its strategic plans to dominate key emerging technologies—do severe harm to U.S. companies, U.S. workers, and the U.S. economy, which warrants a robust and resolute response. As the 2020 presidential election gathers momentum, this debate will only intensify further.

Please join ITIF for an expert panel discussion and spirited debate about the fraught economic and political realities of the U.S.-China trading relationship and the best-available options for policymakers.

Panelists include:

  • Heather Long, Economics Correspondent, The Washington Post, Moderator

  • Robert D. Atkinson, ITIF President

  • Dean Baker, Senior Economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research

  • Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

  • Thea Lee, President, Economic Policy Institute

The event will be livestreamed. For more information, visit the event site.

Follow @ITIFdc and join the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #ITIFchina

Postponed

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the June 20 briefing on “Sanctions and the Costs of War” has been postponed. We will let you know once a new date and time for this event have been determined. We apologize for this last minute change and for any inconvenience caused.

Hosts:
Economists for Peace and Security (EPS) and the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Congressional Progressive Caucus (Honorary Co-Host)

Location:
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2253
45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515

Panelist:

Jeffrey Sachs, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University

Linda Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School

Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

Moderator:

Lindsay Koshgarian, Program Director, National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies

Description:

Economic sanctions that harm civilian populations can cause more deaths and casualties than some wars and are illegal under international laws and treaties which the US has signed.

This session will explore the use of sanctions as a form of warfare that heavily targets the civilian population, and their economic and human cost. Professor Linda Bilmes will provide context for the United States government’s failure to properly quantify the costs of conflicts in the past, as well as how such measurement can take place in the future. Professor Sachs and Dr. Weisbrot will focus on the sanctions in Iran and Venezuela, their impact, rationale, legality, and alternatives.

There will be a livestream available on CEPR's Facebook page

Please RSVP here.

EPS is an organization of economists, social scientists from other fields, and citizens concerned about issues of peace, conflict, war, and the world economy. EPS' Board of Trustees includes Robert Reich, Stephanie Kelton, James K. Galbraith, and nine Nobel laureates, including Joseph Stiglitz, Robert Solow, Oscar Arias, and Amartya Sen.

April 22, 2019

10:00 - 11:30 AM

Host:
Chappaqua Library Foreign Policy Discussion Group and the Town of New Castle

Location:
Chappaqua PAC
480 Bedford Road
Chappaqua, NY 10514

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot will participate via Skype in a foreign policy discussion group on "The Rise and Fall of the 'Pink Tide'" at Chappaqua Library. The event is open to the public. More details can be found on the event website.

April 20, 2019

4:00-6:00 PM

Hosts:
The U.S Network for Democracy in Brazil and the Brazil Initiative at Brown University

Location:
Watson Institute for International and Policy Studies
111 Thayer Street, Brown University, Providence, RI

Alex Main, Director of International Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, will participate in a panel titled "Organizing Resistance in the United States" as part of the larger Challenges to Brazilian Democracy Conference, sponsored by the U.S Network for Democracy in Brazil and the Brazil Initiative at Brown University.

Other participants include:

  • Stanley Gacek, United Food and Commercial Workers Inter. Union

  • Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, President, Brazilian Studies Association

  • James N. Green, National Coordinator, U.S. Network for Democracy in Brazil

The conference is open to all, at no cost. More information can be found on the event website.

April 11, 2019

4:00 - 6:00 PM

Host:
Keene State College

Location:
Keene State College
Alumni Center - Centennial Hall
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435-2701

Nationally-known economist Dr. Dean Baker will discuss changes in patent and copyright law that rig the economy, exacerbating inequality and stifling innovation. The event is open to the public. More information can be found on the event page.

March 26, 2019

6:30 PM

Hosts:
Association of Latin American and Caribbean Students, the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, the Political Economy Research Institute, Social Thought and Political Economy, the Venezuela Solidarity Coalition, and the departments of Afro-American Studies, Communications, History, Philosophy, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Location:
UMass Integrative Learning Center, room N151
650 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA

As Venezuela confronts a grave economic crisis, the Trump administration has responded by imposing harsh sanctions, threatening war, and supporting a right-wing coup attempt.  Venezuelan American activist Héctor Figarella and economist Mark Weisbrot discussed the roots of the Venezuelan crisis, the impacts of U.S. intervention, and how we can influence U.S. government policy.

March 11, 2019

4:00 PM

Hosts:
Rep. Ro Khanna and Rep. Raúl Grijalva

Sponsors:
The Center for Economic and Policy Research, the Washington Office on Latin America and the U.S. Network for Democracy in Brazil.

Location:
Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC
Room 2325

CEPR, the Washington Office on Latin American and the U.S. Network for Democracy in Brazil sponsored a screening of the short documentary "I, A Black Woman, Resist" followed by a discussion with two leading experts on racism and feminism in Brazil about the life and legacy of Afro-Brazilian leader Marielle Franco, a staunch critic of police brutality and state-sanctioned violence who was assassinated on March 14, 2018.

Deeply rooted in the longstanding tradition of Black Feminist activism in Brazil, Marielle Franco dedicated herself to speaking truth to power and to uplifting and empowering marginalized communities in Brazil up until the final moments of her life. Featuring a first-hand account from Dr. Barber of the last event that Marielle attended at Casa das Pretas (Black Women's House) on the night of her assassination, this short documentary seeks to raise awareness, build consciousness, and facilitate dialogue around the necessity of transnational solidarity in the fight against racism and the global struggle for Black Lives.

Co-Director Dr. Sharrelle Barber spoke and answered questions about her inspiration to create the documentary, which bears witness to Marielle Franco’s life. Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour discussed the broader context of human rights and democracy in Brazil and the status of the Afro-Brazilian rights movement at this challenging juncture in the country's history.

Host(s):
Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Location:
Middlebury Institute of International Studies
McCone Irvine Auditorium
499 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA, 93940

We continually hear horror stories about future budget deficits in the United States. What we don't hear, overlooked by press and policy makers alike, is that future deficits are driven largely by projections of rising health care costs.

If health care costs are stabilized, we won’t have serious budget problems. If they are not stabilized, then we will face serious economic problems regardless of what happens with the deficit. Dr. Dean Baker, Senior Economist & Co-Founder, Center for Economic and Policy Research discussed his research on the future of health care costs and the national budget. Following his talk, Dr. Jason Scorse, Director of the Center for the Blue Economy and Chair of the International Environmental Policy program at the Middlebury Institute, moderated a discussion on a wide range of economic and social issues.

February 6, 2019

10:00 - 11:30 A.M.

Host:
Congressional Progressive Caucus

Location:
1539 Longworth House Office Building
9 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC 20515

In recent years, economists have been engaged in robust academic debate over the top marginal tax rate, with leading researchers estimating the optimal rate to be 73 percent or even higher. Yet despite widespread public support for raising the rate from its current level of 37 percent, many policymakers and media figures have demonstrated misunderstandings over what marginal tax rates are and how they work.

Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jan Schakowsky, and CPC Co-Chairs Mark Pocan and Pramila Jayapal sponsored a panel discussion to discuss the merits of increasing the top marginal rate, other means of increasing revenue and closing loopholes, and the history of strong economic and wage growth under high marginal rates in the 20th century.

Speakers included:

  • Thea Lee, President, Economic Policy Institute

  • Jeffrey Sachs, University Professor, Director of the Center of Sustainable Development, Columbia University

  • Eileen Appelbaum, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research

  • Steve Wamhoff, Director of Federal Tax Policy, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy

December 6, 2018

3:30 P.M.

Host:
Center for International Environmental Law

Location:
1101 15th St NW, 11th Floor
Washington DC, 20005

CEPR cosponsored a public event with Berta Cáceres’ daughters Laura Zuniga Cáceres and Bertha Zuniga Cáceres, COPINH representatives Gaspar Sanchez and Camilo Bermudez, and the family's lawyer Víctor Fernández to discuss what happens next after the conviction of Berta Cáceres' killers. The event was sponsored by the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), Movimiento por la Dignidad y la Justicia, Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), Center for Economic and Policy Research, Peace Bridages International, Guatemala Human Rights Commisssion, Latin America Working Group, and Just Associates.

Alex Main de CEPR participará en la 8º Conferencia Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Ciencias Sociales en Buenos Aires. Vea más información sobre su participación a continuación.

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Mesa-debate: Las izquierdas del norte y del sur y sus laberintos

22 de noviembre, 2018

3:30 - 6:00 PM (GMT-3)

Organizadores:
Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales

Lugar:
Facultad de Ciencias Sociales UBA
Santiago del Estero 1029
C1075AAU
Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Modera: Daniel Chávez, Transnational Institute, Holanda

Panelistas:

  • Alexander Main, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Estados Unidos
  • Arantxa Tirado, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Cataluña
  • Beatriz Sánchez, Frente Amplio, Chile
  • Constanza Moreira, Senadora por el Frente Amplio, Uruguay
  • Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela, República Bolivariana de Venezuela
  • Hilary Wainright, Transnational Institute, Reino Unido
  • Mario Toer, Instituto de Estudios de América Latina y el Caribe, Argentina
  • Susan George, Transnational Institute, Holanda - Francia
  • Verónica López Nájera, Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos, México