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November 9, 2013

Roundtable: Twenty Years Post-Family Medical Leave Act: What Have We Learned and What's Next?

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Washington Ballroom (Westin Georgetown)
2350 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

How has the use of insurance as the distribution method of choice in government assistance programs changed? What are the implications of these shifts? How successful are these programs and what implications do they have for creating a viable safety net for eligible populations?

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Roundtable Organizers:  Heather Boushey, Center for American Progress
Moderators:  Heather Boushey, Center for American Progress
Speakers:  Jane Waldfogel (Columbia University), Demetra Smith Nightingale (US Department of Labor), Christopher Ruhm (University of Virginia), and Eileen Appelbaum (Center for Economic and Policy Research)

November 15, 2013

75 Years of the Fair Labor Standards Act 

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cesar Chavez Auditorium
Frances Perkins Building
200 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20210

This year marks two important anniversaries for American workers: the centennial of the U.S. Department of Labor and the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Researchers, policy experts, advocates and workers will discuss the past, present and future of the FLSA, the American economy and worker protections at an all-day event hosted by the Department of Labor. Topics explored will include what it means to have a good job that provides economic security, the changing nature of the employer-worker relationship, and trends in paid leave policy.

CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt and Research Associate Janelle Jones will be speaking on "The Importance of the Combination of the FLSA Package, Tax Credits, and Related Policies" as part of a panel on Income Security and the Fair Labor Standards Act from 10:10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

At 2:10 p.m., CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum will discuss "The Importance of Mother’s Employment to Family Living Standards and a Strong Middle Class" in a session on Paid Leave.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Register for the event here.

October 30, 2013

U.S. Retirement Income Crisis

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902
Washington, DC

Americans who will retire in the coming decades face a confluence of factors that threaten their income security. Disappearing employer pensions, a 401(k) and IRA system that fails to provide meaningful retirement income to most Americans, stagnating wages, rising health and long-term care costs, and the continued phasing-in of cuts to Social Security. Strengthen Social Security is hosting a conference, "Social Security's Role in Solving the Retirement Income Crisis," to discuss this crisis and the importance of Social Security as part of any policy response. CEPR Co-director Dean Baker will be on the first panel of the day discussing the "U.S. Retirement Income Crisis." For more information and to RSVP, visit the conference website or watch the webcast here.

October 24-26, 2013

The Jobs Crisis: Causes, Cures, Constraints

Best Western Hotel Steglitz International
Albrechtstr. 2
12165 Berlin

More than five years after the beginning of the financial crisis in the United States, the world economy is still highly fragile. In particular, many countries are facing a severe jobs crisis. This is especially true for the euro area, which fell back into recession in 2012 and where unemployment has reached unprecedented levels. The conference, “The Jobs Crisis: Causes, Cures, Constraints,” will look at where new and decent jobs are to come from? CEPR Co-director Dean Baker will take part in a plenary session on macroeconomic policies, labor market institutions and good jobs. For more information, visit the conference website.

October 29, 2013

The Upcoming Elections in Honduras and El Salvador: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Role of the U.S.

10:00 a.m.
Cannon House Office Building
Room 421
C Street Southeast
Washington, D.C., 20003

Over the next few months, two high-stakes elections will take place in Central America. On November 24, Honduras will hold its first presidential and congressional elections since the controversial 2009 vote organized under a de facto government.  In early February next year, the people of El Salvador will head to the polls for the first Presidential elections since the historic victory of the leftist party FMLN party in 2009. A panel of human rights defenders and country experts will share their analysis of what is at stake in these elections, what issues require attention both during the campaign and on election day, and how the U.S. government – long-involved in the internal politics of both nations – can play a constructive role in ensuring that these elections contribute to strengthening democracy, rather than undermining it.

November 25, 2013

Getting Back to Full Employment Book Signing at Busboys and Poets

6:30 p.m - 8:00 p.m.
Busboys and Poets
5th and K
1025 5th Street, NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

While the media and politicians hype debt crises, the real American economic crisis is continuing, devastating, high unemployment. In addition to the millions who are unemployed, 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. In Getting Back to Full Employment, Jared Bernstein, formerly the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, and Dean Baker, one of the first economists to recognize and warn of the risks of the stock and housing bubbles, focus readers' attention where it should be: getting more Americans jobs.  They show how the economic well-being of a large swath of American workers depends on the unemployment rate.  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. Dean and Jared will be at Busboys and Poets to discuss and sign copies of the book. Find more information about the event here.

October 18, 2013

Full Employment and the Right to a Job: What Does it Mean? How Do We Get There?

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Columbia University
Faculty House
64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027

In 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed an Economic Bill of Rights whose guarantees included employment at living wages, housing, medical care, education and old age security. The conference, "An Economic Bill of Rights for the 21st Century," will consider FDR’s proposal in light of subsequent history. Have any of those rights originally proposed been achieved? What are their interconnections? How does FDR’s Bill of Rights need to be updated for the 21st Century? How can we secure these rights in the present political climate? CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker will take part in a panel on "Full Employment and the Right to a Job." For more information, visit the conference website.

October 12, 2013

Is the European Recovery Finally Under Way? And When Will Europe Return to Normal Levels of Employment? The Importance of Macroeconomic Policy for Europe and the World Economy

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
World Bank
1850 I Street, NW
Room I 2-210
Washington, D.C. 20037

The Eurozone has officially exited its longest recession, but many worries remain. A change in ECB policy last autumn – which effectively put a ceiling on interest rates for Spanish and Italian bonds – drastically reduced the threat of a financial meltdown. But austerity has continued to hold back the region's recovery, unemployment remains at record highs, and the long-term prospects for both a generation of workers and the potential output of the economy continues to diminish. This panel looked at what needs to be done to ensure that last quarter's growth was not another false start, and most importantly to reduce mass unemployment.

Panelists included CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot and Prakash Loungani, advisor for IMF's Research Department. The panel was chaired by Aldo Caliari, director of the Rethinking Bretton Woods Project, Center of Concern. The conference schedule is listed here.

October 17, 2013

You Need a Raise! Fighting Growing Income Inequality and the Policies that Foster It

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
4301 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22203

The incomes of most Americans have stagnated over the last 30 years while the incomes of the top 1 percent have shot up. In fact, almost all of the income growth since the recovery from the recession has gone to the top 1 percent. Recovery from the recession has been slow because most Americans have not participated in the recovery, and policies have not been implemented that reverse this trend. In a forum hosted by the National Affairs Committee and Fairfax County Democratic Committee, participants will examine causes of growing income inequality; illuminate the ever-widening drag on national economic growth and the social, financial, political costs; and propose policy corrections. The event was streamed live.

October 9, 2013

The Effects of the Health Law's Definitions of Full-Time Employee on Small Businesses

1:00 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2360
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, D.C.

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology held a hearing titled, "The Effects of the Health Law's Definitions of Full-Time Employee on Small Businesses."  The purpose of the hearing was to examine the potential effects of the health care law's definition of 30 hours a week as full-time employment and what this means for employment at small businesses. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker testified. The hearing also was streamed live.

September 26, 2013

Outside the Box: Reforming and Renewing the Postal Service, Part II - Promoting a 21st Century Workforce

10:00 a.m.
Dirksen Senate Office Building
SD-342
50 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker participated in a hearing before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to discuss the future of the U.S. Postal Service. Other participants included Frederic V. Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO; John F. Hegarty, president of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union; Robert J. Rapoza, president of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States; and Douglas J. Holtz-Eakin, Ph.D., president of the American Action Forum. A video of the hearing is available on the committee site.

September 19, 2013

Haiti: Ongoing Engagement

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001

This issue forum, part of the 43rd Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference, focused on important ongoing issues in Haiti, including the lack of permanent, safe, and affordable housing, progress combating the cholera epidemic, the status of reconstruction efforts, and efforts to improve Haiti’s judicial and criminal justice system. This panel featured CEPR Research Associate Jake Johnston as well as other experts from non-governmental organizations, the advocacy community, the U.S. government, and the Government of Haiti. 

September 19, 2013

Jobs Crisis: Growth, Inequality and Full Employment

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001

The Great Recession had a serious and enduring impact on African American employment, but even in the best of economic times, unemployment among African Americans tends to be substantially higher than the jobless rates for the country as a whole. Economists typically expect that increases in education and work experience will increase workers’ productivity and translate into higher compensation. But, the share of black workers in good jobs- one that pays at least $19 per hour, has employer- provided health insurance, and an employer-sponsored retirement plan- has actually declined even while education and work experience has increased. This panel, part of the 43rd Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference, looked at these trends and policies that would have a large, positive impact in creating quality jobs for black workers. CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt took part in the panel, which was hosted by Rep. John Conyers, Jr.

October 1, 2013

New Regionalism in Latin America and Implications for the United States

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Rice University
James A. Baker III Hall
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX

Renewed interest in regionalism has surfaced in Latin America in the last few years. Leaders view regionalism as an effective strategy to promote economic development, leverage their influence in international organizations and achieve larger gains in trade negotiations. This panel, sponsored by the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, brought together a group of experts to explore the new regionalism in Latin America, the scope and future of regional organizations, and Washington’s position toward these new groups. CEPR Senior Associate for International Policy Alexander Main took part in the panel. 

September 16, 2013

Taking Economics Seriously – with Dean Baker

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Economic Opportunity Institute
6755 Sycamore Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA 98117

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker discussed his book, "Taking Economics Seriously," and what we have to gain by freeing ourselves from ideological blinders and getting back to basics in the most troubled parts of our economy. "Taking Economics Seriously" offers an alternative Econ 101. It introduces economic principles and thinks through what we might gain if we free ourselves from ideological blinders and get back to basics in the most troubled parts of our economy. You can RSVP for the event here.

September 9, 2013

The Labor Market Today: Is Unemployment Cyclical or Structural?

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
AEI
1150 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

America’s persistently high level of unemployment is one of the greatest challenges facing policymakers in the wake of the Great Recession. Is this unemployment crisis a product of normal business cycle activity, or does it stem from a structural problem in the labor force? CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in panel discussion with Peter Diamond of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Kevin Hassett of AEI. A video of the event is available below or after the jump.

September 7, 2013

Houston Peace and Justice Center 2013 Economic Justice Conference

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Hilton University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX, 77004

As part of the Houston Peace and Justice Center 2013 Economic Justice Conference, CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker will deliver the keynote speech. For more information, check out the conference site.

August 11, 2013

Session at ASA Annual Meeting: New Forms of Workplace Flexibility

2:30 - 4:10 p.m.
Hilton New York Midtown and the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers
New York, NY 10019

Workplace practices designed to enhance workers’ (and sometimes employers’) flexibility are becoming increasingly important, as dual earner families continue to increase and time pressures on families intensify. CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum took part in a session of the American Sociological Association annual meeting that discussed a variety of ways in which employers, unions and other policy makers are seeking to address concerns related to workplace flexibility. 

July 30, 2013

National Council on Teacher Retirement 13th Annual Trustee Workshop

11 a.m.
The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations
The Belfer Building, Harvard University
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

As part of the second day of the National Council on Teacher Retirement's annual trustee workshop and forum, CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker talked about "Trends in the Discount Rate." 

June 10, 2013

A Wall Street Speculation Tax: A Tool for Financial Stability and Economic Recovery

12:00 - 1:00pm, EDT
Webinar Briefing
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CEPR joined the the AFL-CIO, Americans for Financial Reform, the Communication Workers of America, The Main Street Alliance and Public Citizen to discuss how a speculation tax would actually work and how to push back against the financial industry distortions that have kept it off the policymaking table. Speakers included Dean Baker of CEPR, Damon Silver of the AFL-CIO, Van Jones of Rebuild the Dream, and David Borris of Hel's Kitchen Catering. For more, visit the Americans for Financial Reform website. A video of the event is available below or after the jump.

June 26, 2013

Discussion, Book-Signing For 'We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution'

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Busboys and Poets, 14th and V
Langston Room
2021 14th Street Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20009

CEPR joined the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Institute for Policy Studies and Teaching for Change in co-sponsoring a discussion and book signing for author George Ciccariello-Maher's "We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution." For more information, visit the event's website.