June 20, 2019

10:00-11:00 AM

Economists for Peace and Security (EPS) and the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

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


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)

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

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

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

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

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

Keene State College

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

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.

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

Rep. Ro Khanna and Rep. Raúl Grijalva

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

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.

Middlebury Institute of International Studies

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.

Congressional Progressive Caucus

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.

Center for International Environmental Law

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.

#CLACSO2018 será un foro abierto a personas, instituciones y organizaciones de todo el mundo. El acceso a todas sus actividades será libre y gratuito. Inscribir aquí.

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

22 de noviembre, 2018

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

Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales

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

Modera: Daniel Chávez, Transnational Institute, Holanda


  • 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

November 9, 2018

12:00 PM

Economists for Peace and Security and the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot participated in a panel discussion on "Global Justice and Security," with Alden Meyer, Director of Strategy and Policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. A video of the panel is available below.

The panel was part of a larger conference titled "Securing Justice: Advice for the New Congress." For more information, visit the event site.

November 9, 2018

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Economists for Peace and Security and the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

CEPR Co-Director Eileen Appelbaum participated in a panel discussion moderated by Jamie Galbraith, University of Texas at Austin LBJ School, on "Economic Justice and Security." Other panelists included:

  • Mehrsa Baradaran, University of Georgia School of Law

  • William Lazonick, University of Massachusetts Lowell

The panel was part of a larger conference titled "Securing Justice: Advice for the New Congress." For more information, visit the event site. A video of the panel is available below.

October 18, 2018

4:00 PM

Colby College Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs

Colby College
Ostrove Auditorium
Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME 04901

We are now in a full-blown trade war. Unilateral actions by the Trump Administration targeting steel and aluminum imports even hit political allies; ever-escalating tariffs on imports from China were quickly followed by retaliatory actions targeting politically sensitive sectors and goods. What will be the economic and political fallout of these actions? Will they help destroy the multilateral trading system that has stood tall since the end of World War II? How will they affect the imminent midterm Congressional elections?


Soumaya Keynes, the U.S. economics and trade editor for The Economist

Dean Baker, senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Reform (CEPR).

Moderated by Professor Andreas Waldkirch, Colby College. 

For more information, visit the event site.

September 29, 2018

10.45am - 12:15pm

The New School
72 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10011

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot and research associate Lara Merling participated in a panel titled "Sustainable MMT: Geopolitics, Ecology, & Development" as part of the Second International Conference of Modern Monetary Theory. CEPR co-organized the event along with several other organizations. For more information, visit the conference site.

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September 17, 2018

7:30 PM (GMT+2)

Casa de América y Common Action Forum

Casa de América
Calle Marqués del Duero, 2
28001, Madrid

Como parte del seminario "Una alerta progresista para fortalecer la democracia y el orden multipolar", Alex Main, Director de Política Internacional de CEPR participó en el panel "El nuevo (des)orden mundial: crisis multipolar y las fronteras invisibles del neoliberalismo", moderado por Pedro Brieger, director de NODAL. Otros panelistas incluyen:

• Baltasar Garzón Real, jurista y presidente de la FIBGAR.

• Renata Ávila, directora de la Fundación Ciudadanía Inteligente.

September 13, 2018

9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

The Century Foundation’s Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative and the Economic Policy Institute

The United States Navy Memorial
Naval Heritage Center, Burke Theatre
701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

What would it take to build a high wage America? The Century Foundation’s Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative and the Economic Policy Institute held a summit focused on how to raise wages for American workers and revitalize communities in our nation’s industrial heartland. Vice President Biden and Senator Gillibrand were joined by experts, policymakers, business owners, and advocates from across the country. Leaders reported back on lessons learned from The Century Foundation's yearlong “High Wage America” tour through Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois, and presented concrete policies that federal lawmakers can use to raise wages, help revitalize manufacturing, and strengthen local communities in the Midwest and beyond. The Economic Policy Institute also released new research on U.S. wage trends at the event.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Eileen Appelbaum, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Presentation
  • Josh Bivens, Director of Research, Economic Policy Institute,
  • Stephen Herzenberg, Executive Director, Keystone Research,
  • Adriana Kugler, Professor, Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy
  • Thea Mei Lee, President, Economic Policy Institute,
  • Sanjukta Paul, Assistant Professor of Law, Wayne State University,
  • David Robinson, Director of Communications and Organizing, Manufacturing Renaissance
  • William E. Spriggs, Chief Economist, AFL-CIO, Professor, Department of Economics, Howard University,
  • Andrew Stettner, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation,
  • Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers,
  • David Wilhelm, Partner and CSO, Hecate Energy, LLC

September 7, 2018

2.30–4.30 PM (GMT +2)

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the Young Scholars Initiative

Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

As part of UNCTAD's Summer School 2018, CEPR research associate Lara Merling presented her paper "Puerto Rico’s Peculiar Case: Bankruptcy of an Unincorporated Territory" as part of a panel on sovereign debt and development. Other panelists included:

• Alfredo H. Sanchez, Central European University, "Challenging Regional Hegemonies: the geopolitics of China's financial expansion in the emerging world"

• Andrew Forbes Kaufman, University of Toronto, "The Legal Geographies of Sovereign Debt Investors"

UNCTAD summer school brings together academics, policy experts and young scholars, to participate in an international debate on globalization and the management of its consequences for developing countries. For more information, visit the schedule.

UNCTAD broadcasted select events on Facebook here.


July 26, 2018

12:00 - 1:00 PM

A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service

Russell Senate Office Building SR-385

The future of the public Postal Service is at the center of a swirling national debate. The White House is questioning its deals with Amazon. A June 2018 White House OMB report, Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century, draws the conclusion that privatization of the Postal Service is the only way forward. A 2006 congressionally-manufactured USPS “crisis” imposed an unfair crushing financial mandate on the Postal Service that no other government agency or private company is forced to bear.

Yet the U.S. Postal Service, with zero tax dollars, delivers nearly 500 million pieces of mail every day to 157 million addresses no matter who customers are or where they live.  It is the core of the $1.4 trillion U.S. mailing industry that employs 7.5 million people.

The Postal Service has come a long way since July 26, 1775, when the Second Continental Congress established the Post Office and named Benjamin Franklin the first Postmaster General. And in the age of e-commerce, it is more relevant than ever.

In recognition of Postal Heritage Day, experts took part in a discussion of postal service finances, why privatization is the wrong approach, and the recently-introduced bi-partisan H. Res. 993 which expresses “the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and is not subject to privatization.”

 Panelist included:

* Brian Renfroe, Executive Vice President, National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO

* Alan Barber, Director of Domestic Policy, Center for Economic and Policy Research

* Art Sackler, Manager, Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service

* Ashley Poling, Senior Policy Counsel, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)

* House Resolution 993 leads

July 20, 2018

2:30 - 4:15 PM (GMT-3)

Young Scholars Initiative
Institute for New Economic Thinking

Universidad de Buenos Aires
Facultad de Ciencias Económicas,
Av. Córdoba 2122, Buenos Aires

CEPR Research Associate Lara Merling participated in a roundtable discussion on "Finance, Law and Economics: Sovereign Debt Sustainability" as part of the Young Scholars Initiative Latin America Convening. Lara presented her paper, "Puerto Rico’s Peculiar Case: Bankruptcy of an Unincorporated Territory."

Other presenters included:

Cássio Alves: "Sustainability of Brazilian public debt: An Empirical Analysis."

Juan Facundo Carcedo: "States and International Finance Institutions: an approach to the relation between Argentina and the World Bank in the 21st century."

Moderators: Arturo O'Connell and Cecilia Nahón

For more information, visit the event schedule.

June 20, 2018

4:00 - 6:00 PM

Aspen Institute's Future of Work Initiative

Russell Senate Office Building (Room 385)
2 Constitution Ave. NE
Washington, D.C.

How has work changed in the last decade?

According to the recently released 2017 Contingent Worker Supplement (CWS), the number of Americans relying on alternative work arrangements for their main job has held steady since 2005 – the last time these numbers were collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Given the extensive economic and technological change we have seen over the past 13 years, what can we learn from these new numbers?

The Aspen Institute's Future of Work Initiative hosted a briefing to highlight and discuss the CWS findings and their implications on June 20. The CWS measures how many workers are in contingent and alternative work arrangements, including independent work, temp-agency work, and contract-firm work – arrangements that are sometimes referred to as the "gig economy."

The recent numbers – 10.1 percent of workers are in alternative arrangements as their main job – are informative, but also raise many questions and highlight the need for more and better data collection. We lack information on supplemental work, how people find their jobs, and how companies structure employment – information necessary in order to develop policies that address the challenges of today’s workers.

CEPR Co-Director Eileen Appelbaum participated in the briefing. For more information, visit the event site.

June 13, 2018

12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Young Scholars Initiative


As an unincorporated territory of the US, Puerto Rico’s ongoing bankruptcy process has been designed by US Congress through special legislation, which put a Federal Oversight and Management Board in charge of the main policy decisions. The board is in charge of approving a Fiscal Plan – which sets the policy agenda for all fiscal policy decisions for the island. Prior to the storm, the board had certified a 10-year austerity plan that most economists believed was unrealistic and bound to fail. This plan was revisited in the aftermath of the storm. However, the board has chosen to double down on austerity measures and reforms that do not address the roots of Puerto Rico’s crisis or take into account the particularities of Puerto Rico’s economy and political status.

This presentation covered the background of Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis, its decade-long recession and inability to respond to it. In this context, it becomes clear that the measures proposed by the oversight board are sure to harm the most vulnerable citizens of Puerto Rico, without a clear plan on how to fix the economy. The webinar discussed the particularities of Puerto Rico’s status, which undoubtedly played a central role in the debt crisis. Puerto Ricans are US citizens, yet they cannot vote while on the island, have no representation in US Congress, and do not enjoy some of the same benefits citizens residing on the mainland have. While there is no easy solution to the problem, there are some steps to assure that ordinary Puerto Ricans are not punished for this crisis and are not treated as second-class US citizens.


• Lara Merling, research assistant at the Center for Economic and Policy Research

• Amarilys Abreu, organizer, Finance, Law, and Economics working group, Young Scholars Initiative

Audio, video, and further information are available on the Young Scholars Initiative site.