April 20, 2018

9:00 - 10:30 AM

World Bank Group/IMF 2018 Spring Meetings

Bretton Woods Project, CESR and the International Labour Organization

International Monetary Fund HQ2, 03B - 838B
1900 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20431

In 2008, the global financial crisis unleashed a cascade of social, economic and political developments still shaping our world today. After an initial set of counter-cyclical responses to the crisis, a widespread turn towards fiscal austerity has seemingly become the new normal around the world—resulting in what could only be called a lost decade for equality, development and human rights. Ten years on, the growing inequalities resulting from austerity are inspiring outrage and a growing demand for change. The economic nationalism, political populism and fundamentalism which emerged in the wake of austerity pose enormous threats if left un-countered. The almost-daily exposés of tax abuse by multinational companies and high-net wealth individuals contradicts the notion that fiscal adjustments are even necessary in the first place. The international community is re-thinking public financing models to make them more equitable, sustainable and accountable to allow for a new decade of socio-economic development with human rights to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Building on this momentum, this event aimed to bring together a cross-section of civil society, government, ILO and IMF officials to explore the political, economic and social implications of this Age of Austerity. Speakers provided evidence of how fiscal adjustment measures in various countries have impinged on human rights and the fight against economic and gender inequality. They discussed lessons learned in implementing economic and fiscal alternatives to austerity that are sound, and in accordance with the SDGs and internationally agreed conventions and recommendations. Speakers also explored ways in which the IMF can help expand fiscal space in countries facing fiscal stress to prevent the worst impacts of austerity, make progress toward the SDGs and to prevent another Lost Decade.

Speakers included:

Isabel Ortiz, Director of Social Protection, International Labor Organization (ILO)

Grazielle David, Policy Advisor, Institute for Socioeconomic Studies (INESC), Brazil

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

Hreinn Pálsson, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Iceland in Washington D.C.

Jeffrey Franks, Director of the IMF Europe Office


Mark Weisbrot - Presentation pdf_small

April 10, 2018

11:30 AM, Longworth House Office Building 1540-A
3:00 PM, Russell Senate Office Building 188


Experts from Demos, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and the Center for Economic and Policy Research discussed wealth, debt, and inequality, shared highlights of Demos' recent Everyone's Economy policy briefing book, and educated senior staffers on federal policies aimed at lifting up working people.  

Topics explored included:

  • Debt cycles that trap people in poverty vs. private equity;

  • Invisibility of poor and working class of color and the widening of the racial wealth gap, especially for black families;

  • Our “debt for diploma” higher education system;

  • Impact of tax policy on wealth inequality, child tax credit and immigrant families.

Panelists included:

Tamara Draut, Vice President, Policy & Research, Demos

Dr. Algernon Austin, Economist, Demos

Mark Huelsman, Senior Policy Analyst, Demos

Chye-Ching Huang, Deputy Director, Federal Tax Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 

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

Presentation pdf_small

March 20, 2018

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez

Rayburn 2360
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington DC         

Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez hosted a bipartisan discussion on "Puerto Rico, Six Months After Hurricane Maria."  The event provided an opportunity for small businesses from Puerto Rico and NGOs on the ground to talk about their relief work immediately after the Hurricane.  It also provided a space to discuss relevant policy issues that are having and will continue to have an effect on Puerto Rico. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot participated by presenting an analysis of the revised fiscal plan. 

Mark Weisbrot's Testimony


March 8, 2018

1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Department of Medical History and Bioethics

1306 HSLC
750 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53792

CEPR Senior Economist Dean Baker participated in an afternoon of debate, discussion and presentations with national and local speakers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. Dean presented with Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, on the topic “Are Physicians Paid Too Much?” For more information, visit the event's site.

March 7, 2018

7:00 PM

Rochester Committee on Latin America

Downtown Presbyterian Church
121 North Fitzhugh Street
Rochester, NY

Are you wondering what’s really going on in Venezuela? If the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and other mainstream news outlets are to be believed, the dual economic and political crises currently roiling Venezuela are entirely the fault of a corrupt, socialist dictatorship that only manages to cling to power through violent repression of dissent, control of the media and fraudulent elections. Beltway pundits contend that widespread scarcities of food and medicine, skyrocketing inflation and social turmoil are the inevitable end result of unsustainable and retrograde policies initiated during the presidency of Hugo Chávez (1999-2013).

Alexander Main spoke on the prevailing media narrative on Venezuela by debunking a few of its key assumptions and showing how the current crises in Venezuela have multiple causes, some attributable to the government of Nicolas Maduro, others attributable to the actions of sectors of the Venezuelan opposition, the United States government and other external players. Main argued that finding an enduring solution to Venezuela’s economic and political problems will require significant revisions of policy and behavior on the part of all of the aforementioned actors.

For more information, visit the Rochester Committee on Latin America's site.

March 4, 2018

11:30 AM -12:50 PM

Eastern Economic Association

Boston Sheraton
39 Dalton St
Boston, MA 02199

CEPR Economist David Rosnick chaired a session titled "Labor Markets and the Environment" at the 44th Annual Eastern Economic Association Conference. The session included presentations from Anders Fremstad, Colorado State University; Mark Paul, Roosevelt Institute; Anthony Underwood, Dickinson College; Jared Fitzgerald and Juliet Schor, Boston College; and Hwayoung Jeon, Colorado State University. For more information, visit the conference site.

February 14, 2018

11:30 AM - 13:30 PM  (UTC)

Diálogos por la democracia

Palacio de la Antigua Escuela de Medicina
República de Brasil 33
Ciudad de México, Cuauhtémoc 06010 México
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Conferencia Internacional: Democracia y autoritarismo en México y el mundo, de cara a las elecciones de 2018

Acceso gratuito. Abierto al público en general. Se otorgará constancia de asistencia.

Mesa 2: Retos democráticos en México hacia las elecciones de 2018

  • Christy Thornton (Harvard University)

  • John Ackerman (IIJ UNAM)

  • Bernardo Barranco (Dictamen Ciudadano A.C.)

  • Tony Payan (Rice University, Texas)

  • Alex Main (Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington, DC)

Para más información y el pre registro, visite http://dialogosdemocracia.humanidades.unam.mx

December 8, 2017

12:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office and the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS)

Holeman Lounge, National Press Club
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045

How has American Empire changed in the transition from Obama to Trump? And is Trump a passing phenomenon or is he a harbinger of a more permanent shift in global politics? The "American Empire: From Obama to Trump" conference brought together internationally known analysts and activists to discuss core strategic questions of importance to the international community. Engaging differing visions of America’s role in the world under Trump, the conference addressed issues of global power relations, resurgent nationalism, right-wing populism, and climate change.

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot took part in a panel titled "American Empire: Differing Visions of America's Role in the World." He was joined by Maude Barlow, Chairperson, Council of Canadians and Food & Water Watch; Walden Bello, Former Member of Congress, Philippines, and 2003 Right Livelihood Award recipient; and Medea Benjamin, Co-founder, CODEPINK and Global Exchange.

November 13, 2017

7:00 PM

Our Revolution Arlington

Summers Restaurant
1520 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA

Dr. Eileen Appelbaum from the Center for Economic Policy spoke to Our Revolution about "Gender, Economics, and Paid Family Leave." In addition, there was an open discussion about the November election. For more information, go to the group's Meetup page.

November 13, 2017

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Economists for Peace and Security

1100 New York Ave, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
Suite 200 East, 2nd floor, east tower

Economists for Peace and Security held its 10th annual policy Symposium in Washington DC on November 13, 2017, to discuss economics and American politics as well as the economic dimensions of current critical security issues. The program featured three panels of senior specialists who presented the elements of a program to address the most fundamental issues animating American political discourse. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker participated in the panel titled "Growth, Jobs, and the Next Crisis" along with Josh Bivens of the Economic Policy Institute and Pavlina Tcherneva of Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.

More information on the symposium can be found here.

November 9, 2017

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Jubilee Network

Lutheran Church of the Reformation
212 East Capitol St., NE Washington, DC 20003

CEPR Research Assistant Lara Merling joined a panel discussion on Puerto Rico with Reverend Heriberto Martínez Rivera of the Puerto Rico Bible Society and Puerto Rico Ecumenical Coalition on the Debt as part of the Jubilee Network's annual meeting and strategy session. For more information, visit Jubilee USA or contact Kate Zeller (kate[at]jubileeusa.org) at  202-783-3566 ext. 105.

November 3, 2017

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Colorado European Center of Excellence, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Anna & John J. Sie International Relations Complex
University of Denver
2201 S Gaylord, Room 1150
Denver, CO 80208

University of Denver Professors Martin Rhodes and George DeMartino moderated a workshop titled "What is the Future of International Trade?" exploring the future of international trade considering the current global climate. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a discussion on "The Retreat from Trade Liberalization and Contested Trade Governance" with Jennifer Bair, Department of Sociology, University of Virginia.

For more information or to RSVP, click here.

November 2, 2017

2:30 PM

The Center for Justice and International Law, Guatemala Human Rights Commission, Latin America Working Group Education Fund, JASS (Just Associates), Nobel Women’s Initiative, CIP Americas Program, Witness for Peace and the Center for Economic and Policy Research

Honorary Host: Congressional Progressive Caucus

Location (updated):
Rayburn House Congressional Office Building, 2226

The Center for Justice and International Law, the Guatemala Human Rights Commission, the Latin America Working Group Education Fund, JASS Nobel Women’s Initiative, and the Center for Economic and Policy Research held an event titled "Dam of Violence: The Plan that Killed Berta Cáceres: A Presentation of the Conclusions and Recommendations of an Independent Investigation into the Murder of Berta Cáceres" with members of the International Advisory Group of Experts (GAIPE) and the daughters of Berta Cáceres.

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On March 2, 2016, the renowned indigenous and environmental activist Berta Cáceres was brutally murdered in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras. Amid concerns over how the murder case was being handled, Cáceres’s family members and Cáceres’s organization, the Civic Council of Popular Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH, by its Spanish initials), with the support of Broad Movement for Dignity and Justice, the Center for Justice and International Law, and others, convened an International Advisory Group of Experts (GAIPE) to carry out an impartial and independent investigation into the facts surrounding Cáceres’s murder and the simultaneous attempt on Gustavo Castro’s life.

One year after being created, the GAIPE released its final report in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and Washington, DC, which includes new evidence that powerful individuals appear to have been involved in a conspiracy to assassinate Cáceres. The report provides conclusions and recommendations as to how Honduras should proceed with the official investigation and bring to justice those responsible for Cáceres’s murder.

October 9, 2017

11:00 AM–12:30 PM

The Center for Economic and Policy Research

501 3rd St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on the Sustainable Development Goals, Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of CEPR, and Nancy Alexander, Director of the Global Economic Governance Program at the Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America, discussed “The Scorecard on Development, 1960–2016” and the latest global development trends and their impact on poverty and economic progress throughout the world. Deborah James, CEPR's Director of International Programs, moderated.

Watch the livestream on Periscope

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October 6, 2017

9:15 AM - 10:45 AM


Center for Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas


Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 12th floor
120 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

As part of Georgetown's The Future of NAFTA and North American Economic Integration conference, CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot participated in a panel titled "The Balance of NAFTA."

Other panelists include:

Rufus Yerxa, President, National Foreign Trade Council
Laura Dawson, Director, Canada Institute - Wilson Center
Gerardo Esquivel, Professor, El Colegio de Mexico
Simon Lester, Trade Policy Analyst, Cato Institute

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October 5, 2017

2:15-3:15 PM

Northwestern Memorial Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Businesses grow and prosper by retaining and reinvesting in the productive capabilities of workers who can transform ideas into innovative goods and services. These workers act collectively and learn cumulatively; they effectively form the middle tiers of innovative business. This conversation addressed the roles for business enterprises, civil society organizations, government agencies, and labor unions in restoring the middle.

Participants included:

  • Eileen Appelbaum, CEPR Senior Economist, author of "What's Behind the Increase in Inequality?"

  • Paul A. Dillon, Veterans Advocate

  • Stephen Herzenberg, Keystone Policy Center

  • Christopher Mackin, Ownership Associates, Inc.

  • Mark Pearson, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

Facilitator: Stephen Mitchell, Sullivan Community College and Member of the Board, Institute for Work and the Economy.

September 21, 2017

3:00-5:00 PM

Temple University

Kiva Auditorium
Ritter Annex and Columbia Park
1370 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Dr. Eileen Appelbaum, senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and award-winning author and economic policy analyst, will discuss her paper "What's Behind the Increase in Inequality?" at Temple University's Kiva Auditorium. For more information, visit the university's calendar of events.

September 21, 2017

07:30:00 PM

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

CEPR's Dean Baker spoke on a panel "Jobs Now: How King's Full Employment Vision Can Defeat Trumpism" at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference. This event was at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. For more information about the conference, please visit the conference website.

Four decades ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote that "our demonstration [is] a campaign for jobs and income because we feel that the economic question is the most crucial that black people, and poor people generally, are confronting." Polling has repeatedly affirmed that African-Americans see the lack of equal employment opportunities as the single most important issue facing the community, with black unemployment rates consistently double the rates for whites. This panel will examine strategies for developing a movement for a full employment society that will address disparities in employment and ensure that every person, regardless of their race or ethnicity, can find a family-sustaining job.

September 14, 2017

6:30 PM

El codirector del centro de investigación de Economía y políticas públicas en Washington D. C., Mark Weisbrot, pronunciará el próximo jueves 14 de septiembre una conferencia en el marco de la celebración de los 30 años de Barcelona Activa. La charla -que comenzará a las 18.30- lleva por título La quiebra de los expertos y se presenta en forma de diálogo con la socióloga y ex concejal de Barcelona Marina Subirats.

Weisbrot ha destacado por sus reflexiones sobre los efectos de lo que él llama "el asalto neoliberal", es decir, un conjunto de políticas públicas desarrolladas por el Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI) o el Banco Central Europeo (BCE), que han llevado a la miseria a millones de personas.

El ciclo de conferencias Reflexiones para una nueva política económica local tiene por objeto dialogar sobre las transformaciones sociales que han impactado en la economía, el mundo del trabajo y la ciudadanía en las últimas tres décadas. El encargado de inaugurarlo fue Guy Standing, creador del concepto de la nueva clase social del precariado y defensor de la necesidad de garantizar una renta básica universal.

La conferencia tendrá lugar en la sala Emprèn del Centro para la Iniciativa Emprendedora de Glòries a las 18.30. Para asistir, es necesario inscripción previa por correo electrónico a cicle30anys[at]barcelonactiva.cat o por teléfono al 934 019 633.

July 18, 2017

04:00:00 PM - 05:30:00 PM

Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

640 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Room C228
Washington, D.C. 20001

Join us for a luncheon discussion of a groundbreaking report from the American Federation of Teachers. The Big Squeeze reveals that workers stand to gain billions if pensions funds slash fees paid to Wall Street fund managers who invest in risky assets like hedge funds and private equity. The report quantifies the massive wealth transfer from workers to Wall Street that has endangered Americans' retirement security and crushed state budgets — and proposes steps that unions, pension funds, and legislators can take to reverse the trend.


Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers.
Eileen Appelbaum, Senior Economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
Elizabeth Parisian, Assistant Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives at AFT.
Maurice BP-Weeks, Co-Director of the Action Center on Race and the Economy.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite.

June 29, 2017

02:00:00 PM - 03:00:00 PM

Representative Marcy Kaptur

2168 Rayburn House Office Building
50 Independence Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20024

Nearly a quarter century has passed since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was initially negotiated.  Its proponents promised it would lead to job creation and increased living standards for workers in all three countries. Yet, some of the most adversely impacted communities are small farmers. Rural flight and increased food insecurities have resulted, as industrial agriculture has taken over production chains often leading to increased migration as local economies falter.

With the Administration's recent notice to Congress of its intent to renegotiate NAFTA, we see an opportunity. Renegotiating NAFTA offers the possibility to address food insecurity, remedy the incentive that drives rural dislocation, and fix other problems in the agriculture sector caused by NAFTA.

Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

Laura Carlsen, Director of Americas Program at Center for International Policy

Karen Hansen-Kuhn, Director, Trade and Global Governance at Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Abel Nunez, Executive Director of CARECEN, Latino Resource and Justice Center America

Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of Center for Economic & Policy Research

Patrick Woodall, Research Director/Senior Policy Advocate at Food & Water Watch

Each panelist will deliver brief remarks, which will be followed by an open discussion, Q&A period.

You can watch the event here.