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
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.
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.

May 30, 2013

Obama in Latin America: The U.S. Response to the Region’s Leftward Shift

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1539 Longworth House Office Building
Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street
Washington, D.C. 20003

In the past decade and a half, Latin America and especially South America have experienced unprecedented political change. This briefing looked at how the U.S. administration has responded to the region’s shifting political dynamics and offered recommendations for improving U.S. relations with the rest of the hemisphere. Panelists included CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot; Laura Carlsen, Director of the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy; Miguel Tinker Salas, Professor of Latin American Studies at Pomona College; and John Lindsay Poland, Co-director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation Task Force on Latin America and the Caribbean. Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) co-hosted. A video of the event is available below or after the jump.

June 4, 2013

A Bold Approach to the Jobs Emergency: Setting the Political Agenda for 2014 and 2016

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
20 F Street Conference Center
20 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

There is a jobs emergency in the United States. The American people need new thinking on jobs and immediate and comprehensive action toward a better, fairer system of work, achieved through the collective efforts of diverse thinkers with strong progressive ideas. The Roosevelt Institute's Rediscovering Government Initiative hosted a daylong conference exploring the roles of government, policy, and activism in addressing historic levels of unemployment and economic misery. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a 9:30 a.m. panel on "Getting to Full Employment," and CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt took part in a 1:45 p.m. session titled "Is Education the Answer?"

May 23, 2013

Venezuelan Elections and the Institutionalization of Participatory Democracy

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

In honor of Venezuela Week at Busboys and Poets, the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic together with Busboys and Poets held a panel discussion on Venezuelan democracy and the presidential elections that took place in that country last month. CEPR Senior Associate for International Policy Alexander Main took part in the discussion. Other panelists included James Gomez, international relations director for the Rainbow Push Coalition, and Dawn Gable, assistant director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas. For more information, visit the event website.

April 30, 2013

Venezuela after Chávez

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
The International Celso Furtado Center for Development Studies
Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil

How is Venezuela after the death of Hugo Chávez? was the question raised at an event in Rio de Janeiro by the International Celso Furtado Policy Development in partnership with CartaCapital. The debate "The post-Chavez Venezuela" brought together experts to discuss the political, economic and social integration of the neighboring country in Latin America. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot took part in the discussion. A video of the event can be found below or after the jump.

April 22, 2013

Brown Bag: Venezuela's Electoral System and the Results of The Presidential Elections

12 - 2 p.m.
Room MC - C1 - 100
1112 16th Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20036

At an IPS event moderated by Foreign Policy in Focus Director Emira Woods, human and labor rights lawyer Dan Kovalik and CEPR's Alexander Main shared their experiences monitoring the 2013 Venezeulan elections and provided the audience with their organizations’ findings and suggestions that were made to the National Electoral Council after the election. Audio of the event is available below or after the jump.

April 17, 2013

What Next for the Eurozone? Macroeconomic Policy and the Recession

4 p.m.
The World Bank
Room MC - C1 - 100
1818 H St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

The eurozone is mired in its second recession in three years, and the most recent IMF projections show a decline in GDP for 2013. Unemployment has hit a record level of 11.9 percent for the eurozone, with Greece and Spain having jobless rates of 26 percent. The risks of a serious financial crisis in the eurozone have subsided considerably since last year, but remain significant enough to possibly affect world economic growth and employment. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot took part in a forum that looked at macroeconomic policy in the eurozone and the challenges to restoring employment and growth. Participants also included Prakash Loungani — an advisor in the IMF’s Research Department, co-chair of the IMF’s Working Group on Jobs and Growth, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s council on employment issues — and Jo Marie Griesgraber, executive director of the New Rules for Global Finance Coalition.