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January 23, 2013

Return Assumptions on New Mexico Pension Plans

12:00 p.m.
New Mexico State Capitol
490 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker testified before a joint session of the New Mexico State Legislature labor and education committees on public pension funds. Public Employee Retirement Association Executive Director Wayne Propst and Educational Retirement Association Executive Director Jan Goodwin also testified. 

January 24, 2013

The Future of Greece and the Euro Zone

6:00 p.m.
Columbia University
Room 104, Jerome Greene Hall
435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10025

The Workers' Rights Student Coalition at Columbia Law School hosted an INET-sponsored evening with top political leadership from SYRIZA, Greece's dominant opposition party and anticipated next government, to discuss the challenges facing Greece and the euro zone and SYRIZA's plans for reform. The evening featured the head of SYRIZA and Leader of the Greek Opposition, Alexis Tsipras, on SYRIZA's plans for national governance, as well as panels on financial reform and macroeconomic recovery with Rena Dourou, MP and Critic of the Opposition for Foreign Relations and European Issues, George Stathakis, Greek MP and Critic of the Opposition for the Economy, and top SYRIZA Economic Advisor Yiannis Milios. A video of the event is available below or after the jump.

November 30, 2012

A Financial Transaction Tax: Raising Revenue and Restraining High-Speed Trading

3:30 p.m.
Capitol Visitor Center
Room SVC 203-02
Southeast Drive
Washington, D.C. 20004

The fiscal debate has focused attention on the need for new revenue sources. The non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation calculates that a very small tax on Wall Street financial transactions would raise more than $350 billion over the next decade. Such a tax can curb the growth of dangerous high-speed trading while imposing no more than a trivial cost on traditional investors. Support for the idea is growing. AFL-CIO, Americans for Financial Reform, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Communications Workers of America and Public Citizen co-hosted a discussion on a financial transaction tax. Presenters included Jared Bernstein – Senior Fellow at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, former Chief Economist for Vice President Joe Biden; David Borris – Small business owner, Hel’s Kitchen Catering, Chicago/North Shore Illinois; Damon Silvers – Director of Policy and Special Counsel, AFL-CIO; and Wallace Turbeville – Senior Fellow at Demos, former Vice President of Goldman Sachs.

A video of the event is available here.

November 19, 2012

TransAfrica presents the Cabral/Truth Circle: "In Haiti, Cholera and Homelessness in the Midst of Storms"

Busboys and Poets
14th and V Streets NW
Washington, D.C.

January 12, 2013 will mark three years since Haiti experienced the devastating earthquake which claimed more than 230,000 lives.  Housing for those who lost their homes that day is still a critical problem-over 400,000 people are still living in tents. The Cabral/Truth Circle held an event with CEPR's Alex Main, attorney Nicole Phillips from the Institute of Justice and Democracy and Melinda Miles, Director of TransAfrica's Let Haiti Live project to discuss the situation in Haiti.

November 28, 2012

The Future of Social Security and Medicare

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
University of Minnesota
Center for the Study of Politics and Governance
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

As the rhetoric of the election fades, America needs an honest discussion on entitlements. Must Social Security and Medicare be cut or can that be avoided through more revenue or other reforms? If benefits are reduced, how should that be done? Two prominent national experts – CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker and AEI's Kevin Hassett – joined AARP and the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School on Public Affairs to discuss the options and momentous decisions facing Congress and the next President over the future of these two important federal programs.

November 14, 2012

The Downturn: How We Got Here and Why it Will Be Long

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
University of Utah
Hinckley Caucus Room, OSH 253
260 S. Central Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, UT

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a discussion on the causes of the Great Recession and why recovery has been slow. The event was co-sponsored by the University of Utah Department of Economics and Masters of Public Policy Program. More event info can be found on the Hinckley Institute of Politics' event calendar

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November 5, 2012

Stage Performance of 'We Live in Financial Times'

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

"We live in Financial Times" is a darkly funny theatrical shell game wherein the conventions of character and story, (in the form of Mike and James, investment bankers alone with an angry female voice they do not understand) collapse and attempt to frantically reassemble. It's global capitalism as tragic farce. The performance was followed by a talk back featuring playwright Julia Barclay and macroeconomist and co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Dean Baker. For more information, visit Busboys and Poets' website.

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November 7, 2012

The Fiscal Cliff: New Heights of Sensationalism

7:00 p.m.
Dickinson College
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium
333 West High Street
Carlisle, PA, 17013

The media have endlessly raised fears of the government falling off the "fiscal cliff." CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker participated in a talk that explained why such talk fundamentally misrepresents the short-term budget problem and how the longer-term problem has been misrepresented as well. This event was sponsored by The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Departments of Economics and Policy Studies and the Keystone Research Center. For more information, visit the event website.

October 28, 2012

Community Cinema Screening of “As Goes Janesville”

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Busboys and Poets, 14th and V
2021 14th Street Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20009

When bankrupt General Motors shut down Janesville, Wisconsin’s century-old plant in 2008, thousands of jobs were lost. While many workers were forced to leave their families in search of decent jobs, local business leaders worked to bring new companies to town with the promise of lower wages, reduced regulation, and tax breaks. They formed a powerful alliance with newly elected Republican governor Scott Walker, whose pro-business, anti-union stance ripped apart the state, triggering a historic recall election. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a Q & A following a screening of Brad Lichtenstein "As Goes Janesville." The event was presented by ITVS, with WHUT, Washington DCJCC, Busboys and Poets and Center for Social Media at American University.

October 16, 2012

Threats to Medicare: The Election and the Lame Duck Congress

7:30 p.m.
Beth Israel's Phillips Ambulatory Care Center
2nd Floor Auditorium
10 Union Square East
New York, NY 10003

The structure of Medicare may be put at serious risk following the election. Governor Romney has explicitly called for turning it into a voucher program. If President Obama is re-elected, there are also major risks to the program, some of which may arise as early as the lame duck Congressional session in the fall, if there is an effort to reach a "grand bargain" on the deficit. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a forum on the threats Medicare faces post-election and during a lame duck Congress. 

October 8, 2012

Future of Retirement Security

10:40 a.m.
Loews Ventana Canyon
7000 North Resort Drive
Tucson, AZ 85750

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel discussion on the "Future of Retirement Security" as part of the National Council on Teacher Retirement's Annual Convention. Other participants included David John, senior research fellow in retirement security and financial institutions at the Heritage Foundation, and Michael P. Kreps, Esq., pensions counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). Leigh Snell, NCTR's federal relations director, moderated.

October 6, 2012

FDL Book Salon on "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use ‘Plain English’ to Rob You Blind"

5:00 p.m.
Firedoglake

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker hosted a book salon on Firedoglake with David Cay Johnston on his new book, "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use 'Plain English' and Other Tricks to Rob You Blind." In the book, Johnston shares solutions you can use to fight back against the hundreds of obscure fees and taxes that line the pockets of big corporations, and to help end these devious practices once and for all. You can find more information on Firedoglake.

October 4, 2012

Financial Transactions Taxes at Home and Abroad

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
D.C. Bar Conference Center
1101 K Street Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20005

This panel discussed recently enacted and proposed financial transaction taxes in Europe, including France's new tax on high frequency orders, as well as the potential for some form of financial transactions tax in the United States. The panel considered the various rationales advanced for the tax, the scope of the current proposals, and the potential consequences of the tax, both intended and unintended. Speakers included Center for Economic and Policy Research Co-Director Dean Baker; Thornton Matheson, economist for tax policy at the International Monetary Fund; Lee Sheppard, contributing editor for Tax Notes; and Steven Rosenthal, visiting fellow at Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (Moderator). 

September 27, 2012

Private Equity and Regulation in the Global Economy

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
George Washington University
Elliott School
1957 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

CEPR senior economist Eileen Appelbaum participated in a debate with  Roy Katzovicz of Pershing Square Capital Management titled, "Private Equity and Regulation in the Global Economy," sponsored by the George Washington University chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society. 

Private Equity and Regulation in the Global Economy

September 21, 2012

Financial Reform Summit III: "From Dodd-Frank to Occupy and Everything In Between"

9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Rutgers University - Newark
Paul Robeson Campus Center
350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102

New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund held a financial reform summit discussing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the foreclosure crisis and more. Experts debated policies and practices that shape the current financial system. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker gave a keynote address and monitored a panel on financial reform. 

September 20, 2012

Haiti in 2012: Updates on the Recovery

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Washington Convention Center
Room 209-B
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

CEPR's Alexander Main took part in a panel on Haiti as part of the Congressional Black Caucus' Annual Legislative Conference. The panel focused on a variety of issues facing Haiti as it continues to recover from the effects of the 2010 earthquake and the ongoing cholera epidemic. The panel also discussed political developments in the country, including controversies surrounding the possible reestablishment of the Haitian Army and the future role of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Finally, the panel discussed ways the United States and the international community can work with the Haitian government to overcome the barriers preventing many Haitians from accessing affordable and sustainable housing. For more information, visit the conference site.

September 18, 2012

Assange's Asylum in Correa's Ecuador

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
American Enterprise Institute
12th Floor
1150 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

The American Enterprise Institute hosted a panel discussion on Ecuador President Rafael Correa's offer of political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot joined Roger F. Noriega of AEI and Gustavo Palacio of Ecuador Democracy International to discuss this timely and significant topic. You can watch a video of the event below or after the break.

September 13, 2012

Post-Neoliberalism in Latin America: A New Vision for Development

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
University of Massachusetts - Boston
Wheatley Hall, 4th Floor, Room 23
100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125

Aimed to end the neoliberal policy prescriptions promoted by the IMF-Washington Consensus—which are credited with the critical levels of social inequality and poverty in the region—governments and social movements in many countries south of the border have pledged to redefine the role of the state in the economy. This new trend, taking place on different scales, in various contexts and by different actors, has brought economic growth and a more equitable social order. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot and Miguel Angel Contreras, president of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Venezuela, spoke at a panel on whether postneoliberalism is an economic theory or a political ideology, and what is its vision for development.

September 10, 2012

Income Support for Children with Disabilities: Moving Towards Reforms That Work

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC, 20005

This year the nation celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Supplemental Security Income program, which provides income support to people with disabilities, including 1.3 million children. For families, the program is a lifesaver that allows for greater economic security as they provide family-centered care for their children. Despite its tremendous value, conservatives are targeting the program for reforms, some of which mirror what was done to programs like TANF. It is clear that this isn’t the way to go. This panel discussed the challenges experienced by the families of children with disabilities, attacks on the SSI program, a blueprint for reform, and connections between SSI policy debates and those of other safety net programs. Panelists included Dennis Hogan, professor at Brown University and author of Family Consequences of Children’s Disabilities; Susan Parish, director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University; LaDonna Pavetti, vice president for Family Income Support Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; and Rebecca Vallas, attorney, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. Shawn Fremstad of the Center for Economic Policy and Research moderated. A video of the event is available below or after the jump.

August 15, 2012

Metrics of Recovery: Arizona and U.S. Housing Markets After the Bubble

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Arizona State University
Cronkite Theatre
555 Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85004

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel on recovery in the Arizona and U.S. housing markets as part of an event on "The U.S. Housing Recovery: Lesson From Arizona." Other panelists include Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum and former director of the Congressional Budget Office, and Michael Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the ASU W. P. Carey School of Business. The event was streamed live and is available below or after the jump.

July 23, 2012

Equality Matters: Tax Credits for Working Families

9:00 -10:30 a.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Washington Ballroom
300 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a discussion titled "Equality Matters: The Wealth Gap and Tax Credits for Working Families" as part of the RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund International Conference to End Poverty and AIDS 2012. Other participants included Robin McKinney of the Maryland CASH Campaign. More information can be found on the event's website.