March 28, 2014

Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hinckley Caucus Room
University of Utah
260 S. Central Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, 84112

The Hinckley Institute of Politics and the Economics Department at the University of Utah are co-sponsoring this forum.

Speaker: Eileen Appelbaum, Senior Research Economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington DC.

Private equity firms have long been at the center of public debates on the impact of the financial sector on Main Street companies. Are these firms financial innovators that save failing businesses or financial predators that bankrupt otherwise healthy companies and destroy jobs? The first comprehensive examination of this topic, Private Equity at Work provides a detailed yet accessible guide to this controversial business model.

Economist, Eileen Appelbaum and co-author, Professor Rosemary Batt of Cornell University, carefully evaluate the evidence—including original case studies and interviews, legal documents, bankruptcy proceedings, media coverage, and existing academic scholarship—to demonstrate the effects of private equity on American businesses and workers.

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March 26, 2014

NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation Luncheon

12:00 pm
Center for Community Leadership Training Room
Junior League of Raleigh Building
711 Hillsborough St. 

What’s the real deal with the American economy? Where do things stand? What’s holding us back? What about the situation in North Carolina? Please join us Wednesday, March 26, as we tackle these topics and more with one of America’s leading economists, Dean Baker.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from this knowledgeable and important voice at this critical time.

Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m. Space is limited – pre-registration required.

Cost: $10, admission includes a box lunch.

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March 27, 2014

Improving Tax Credits for New Mothers and Reducing Marriage Penalties for Low-Income Americans

10:00 am-11:30 am
Rayburn House Office Building | Room 2175
Education and the Workforce Committee Room
45 Independence Ave SW,

The Honorable Thomas E. Petri (WI-06), Member of Congress, along with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, are hosting this briefing.

Opening Remarks:
Congressman Thomas E. Petri (WI-06)


  • Robert Cherry, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, GRAD Center and Brooklyn College, City University of New York
  • Shawn Fremstad, Senior Research Associate, Center for Economic and Policy Research
  • Christine Kim, Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation
  • Elaine Maag, Senior Research Associate, Tax Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Isabel Sawhill, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center on Children and Families and Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings Institution

Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., President, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Please RSVP online by Wednesday, March 26th
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

11:00 - 12:30
The Corn Exchange
55 Mark Lane
London, EC3R 7NE

Rethinking the Economics of Pensions II

The UK Financial Services Knowledge Transfer Network would like to invite you to the second conference on the economics of pensions. 
The conference will once again bring together papers reflecting new economic thinking in a dialogue between economists and practitioners, from academia, government and industry.

 Dean Baker (Center for Economic and Policy Research, USA)
‘Retirement Security in Troubled Times: Lessons from the United States’

Rethinking the Economics of Pensions II

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Noon–2 p.m.
815 16th St., N.W.
Washington, DC

Join Us for a Book Discussion

Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People

with authors Dean Baker and Jared Bernstein
with an introduction by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

We all know high levels of employment are good for job-seekers—but they’re also essential for improving pay and working conditions for low-wage workers.

In this follow-up to their 2003 book, The Benefits of Full Employment, economists Dean Baker and Jared Bernstein document the dependency of wage growth on low unemployment and present policy options for boosting economic growth and lowering unemployment.

Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, formerly served as the chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class and as a member of President Obama’s economic team.

Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, is frequently cited in economics reporting in major media outlets and his analyses have appeared in many prestigious national and international publications.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

9:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

50 Years Since the War on Poverty: Looking Back, Moving Forward

The War on Poverty is 50 years old. In his first State of the Union address in January 1964, President Lyndon Johnson announced his ambitious goal to improve the outlook for the millions of Americans who "live on the outskirts of hope." But it was not until March that he forwarded the initial legislative proposals that would begin a remarkable period of legislative activity. Many programs that form the foundation of our social safety net (such as Food Stamps/SNAP, Social Security, Head Start, and Medicaid) were created or bolstered as part of this burst of historic bipartisan policymaking designed to improve health, education, and economic outcomes. Yet today's gridlocked Congress no longer seems to share a broad commitment to these programs, and too many Americans still live on the economic margins.

Monday, March 3, 2014

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Capitol Visitors Center, Room SVC-212-10
First Street, SE Washington DC 20515

Deficit Reduction Challenges: How Has the Macroeconomic Environment Changed in the Past Year?

As an expert panel at the National WIC Association's 24th Annual Washington Leadership Conference, CEPR's Dean Baker and Bob Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities will be discussing "Deficit Reduction Challenges: How Has the Macroeconomic Environment Changed in the Past Year?"

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

10:00 AM
Rayburn House Office Building (2360)
45 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20515

ObamaCare and the Self-Employed: What About Us?

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce will hold a hearing to examine the effect of the President's health care law on the self-employed. The Hearing will be webstreamed live HERE .

Witnesses and Testimony:

Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington, DC
Todd McCracken, President, National Small Business Association, Washington, DC
Alan Schulman, President, Insurance Benefits & Advisors, LLC. ,Rockville, MD
Charlie Arnold, President/Owner, Lewes, DE

Hearing Notice (PDF)


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

7:00 pm

Bolivarian Hall
2443 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

The Legacy of Hugo Chávez: At Home and Abroad
Hosted by the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

March 5th will mark the one year anniversary of the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. A panel discussion will focus on the political, social, and economic impact that this Latin American leader had on movements and governments alike in the US, Venezuela, and the region. Mark Weisbrot of CEPR will be joined by Dan Kovalik, Adjunct Professor of International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Venezuelan official (TBD). The panel will be moderated by James Early, Director of Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Press Briefing:
“Lessons from NAFTA for the TPP”  Did NAFTA Help Mexico?: An Assessment After 20 Years

Representative Rosa DeLauro
Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Lori Wallach, Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
Moderated by Laura Carlsen, Director, Americas Program

National Press Club Murrow Room

529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

12:15 - 2:00 pm

Women's National Democratic Club
1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington DC, 20036

Getting Back to Full Employment and Reducing Inequality

Dean Baker discusses his latest books, "Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People" (co-authored with Jared Bernstein) and "The End of loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive."


Please RSVP online at www.democraticwoman.org or telephone (202) 232-7363 ext. 3003

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

UCLA Downtown Labor Center
675 S. Park View St.
Los Angeles, CA

Unfinished Business LA:
History & Next Steps for Paid Family Leave

The California Work & Family Coalition hosts authors Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman for a discussion on their new book Unfinished Business, which documents the history and impact of California’s paid family leave program, the first of its kind in the United States.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

2:30 - 4:30pm (doors open at 2:00pm)
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Unfinished Business: 
History and Next Steps for California's Paid Family Leave

In their new book, Unfinished Business, Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman document the history and impact of California's paid family leave program, the first of its kind in the United States, which began in 2004. We will also hear from Bay Area community members who are working locally and statewide to expand awareness and our rights to take paid family leave.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Cowles Auditorium
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave S, Cowles Auditorium
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

The Future of Social Security and Medicare Co-sponsored with AARP of Minnesota

Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research
Kevin Hassett, John G. Searle Senior Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute

Must Social Security and Medicare be cut to protect the programs and America’s fiscal balance sheets?  Or, can the backbone of security for seniors be protected by raising revenue and making other reforms?  Time to put aside talking points and spin in favor of honest discussion.  Dean Baker and Kevin Hassett are two of the country’s most thoughtful progressive and conservative commentators on entitlement reform.  They are also longtime friends, bringing an uncommon civility to the momentous options and weighty decisions facing Congress and President Obama.

*Light refreshments immediately following the event.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Rayburn House Office Bldg (2226)
45 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20515

Employment: A Human Right

Sponsored by Representative John Conyers, Jr. and Representative Frederica S. Wilson, the discussion will be in the context that over the past year, 25 percent of the American population was unemployed or underemployed and not earning enough to support their basic needs.  CEPR's Dean Baker will be one of the panelists considering whether or not the right to employment should be seen as the critical foundation of economic democracy and the government has a special obligation to provide employment opportunities for all. The panel will be moderated by Christina Bellatoni of Roll Call, and other participants include Larry Mishel of EPI, Thea Lee of the AFL-CIO, John Cavanagh of the Institute for Policy Studies, and Phil Harvey of Rutgers University.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

FDL Book Salon: Getting Back To Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People

5:00p - 7:00p Eastern / 2:00p - 4:00p Pacific time.

CEPR co-director Dean Baker will be the featured author in an online book salon at firedoglake.  It will be hosted by Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute.

Dean will be discussing his book, Getting Back to Full Employment, in which he and his co-author Jared Bernstein point out that the weakness of the labor market has made it impossible for most workers to achieve real wage gains.  As a result the benefits of the economic growth we have seen have gone overwhelmingly to the richest 1 percent.  They show how, particularly in an era of historically high inequality, full employment would provide workers with the bargaining power needed to secure higher incomes and a fair share of the economy's growth. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Congressional briefing hosted by
The Center for Economic and Policy Research and
CUNY's Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies

Unfinished Business:
Paid Family Leave in California and the Future of U.S. Work-Family Policy

Rayburn House Office Building (2253).

In their new book, Unfinished Business, CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum and CUNY's Ruth Milkman document the history and impact of California's paid family leave program, the first of its kind in the United States, which began in 2004. Currently just 12 percent of U.S workers have paid family leave through their employers.

At this briefing, Appelbaum and Milkman will discuss in detail the effects of California's landmark paid family leave law on employers and workers. They will also explore the implications of the state's decade-long experience with paid family leave for the nation, which is engaged in ongoing debate about work-family policies.

In addition, the National Partnership for Women and Family's Rachel Lyons will outline the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, or FAMILY Act, a proposal from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) for a national paid family and medical leave insurance program to benefit workers, their families, businesses and our economy.

Download Presentation Slides:
Paid Family Leave: Lessons from California
Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (Family Act)

Download Factsheets:
The Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act (The FAMILY Act)
Not Enough Family Friendly Policies:  High Stakes for Women and Families

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Arnold & Porter LLP
555 12th Street, NW
(Metro Center Metro Station)
Washington DC 20004

CANCELED: Asylum in Latin America & Snowden

 CEPR's Mark Weisbrot will be speaking at a luncheon/panel discussion sponsored by the Inter-American Legal Affairs Committee of the International Law Section of the D.C. Bar and the Inter-American Bar Association. He will be joined by panelists Shana Tabak, professor at American University, and Bruce Zagaris, partner at Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, LLP. The panel will be moderated by Henry Saint Dahl, Secretary General of the Inter-American Bar Foundation.

In his portion of the panel, Mark will discuss the changes in Latin America over the past decade that make it a natural place for Edward Snowden to seek asylum; the pressures exerted by the U.S. to prevent Snowden's asylum from being granted; and the case's further implications for the hemisphere, including the charges of hypocrisy that are common in Washington, and the U.S. media against governments that are sympathetic to Snowden.

This event has been canceled.

Friday-Sunday, January 3-5, 2014

Growing Good Jobs and Connecting Workers to Them: Challenges and Opportunities for Theory and Action

Philadelphia Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum will co-chair LERA/NEA/EPI Joint Welcome Reception and Plenary on Friday, January 3rd, at LERA's econimists meeting in conjunction with ASSA/AEA.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

A National Conference:  Averting Layoffs & Saving Jobs Through Work-Sharing

Pew Charitable Trusts Conference Center
901 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Americas Room (10th Floor)

CEPR's Dean Baker, along with AEI's Kevin Hassett, will be the lunchtime speakers at a national conference on "Averting Layoffs & Saving Jobs Through Work-Sharing." Convened by the National Employment Law Project (NELP), along with the Center for Law & Social Policy (CLASP) and other allies, this day-long work-sharing conference will bring together worker advocates, business, economists and government to consider work-sharing and its potential to reduce unemployment in the future.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

United States Senate Committee on Finance Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy 

10:00 AM
Dirksen Senate Office Buliding (215)
303 Ryburn Hse Ofc Bldg 
Washington, DC 20515

CEPR's Dean Baker will be testifying at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy of the Senate Committee on Finance. The topic to be addressed is "The Role of Social Security, Defined Benefits, and Private Retirement Accounts in the Face of the Retirement Crisis."

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