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April 17, 2013

The Great Recession: The Forces that Make it Great

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Colorado State University
A101 Clark
1126-1298 Central Avenue Mall
Fort Collins, CO, 80521

More than five years after it began the effects of the recession continue to linger. The economy is still down almost 9 million jobs from its trend growth path. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker, a prolific blogger and columnist, took part in a discussion on why the Great Recession was so painful and what we can do to get the economy back up to speed. For more information, visit the event website.

April 8, 2013

The Safety Net, Sequestration and Austerity Politics

5:30 - 9 p.m.
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Richard Harris Terrace
199 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10013

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel discussion on the history and importance of the Social Security safety net. Other panelists included James Parrott of the Fiscal Policy Institute, Frances Fox Piven of the CUNY Grad Center and Michael Zweig of SUNY Stony Brook and U.S. Labor Against the War. The event was organized by the Professional Staff Congress—CUNY. For more information, visit the event website.

March 28, 2013

Rhode Map to Economic Progress

8:30 a.m. - noon
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet
60 Rhodes Pl
Cranston, RI 02905

Is the American Dream slipping away for too many Rhode Islanders? Recent data on financial security finds that many residents cannot afford to meet their basic needs, let alone save for a home, college, or retirement. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker was the keynote speaker at a conference aimed at presenting data and discussing policy solutions that would help working families get ahead. More information about the event is available here.

March 11, 2013

Cost-of-Living Adjustments and Federal Benefits: Understanding the Full Implications of Change

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Capitol Visitor Center
Room SVC 203-02
Southeast Drive
Washington, D.C. 20004

Benefits from Social Security and other federal programs are regularly increased based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).  Adopting either of two proposed new CPI measures would have large effects on benefit levels.  Use of the chained CPI would reduce annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs).  Use of the CPI-E, designed to reflect the purchases of older Americans, would increase COLAs. What do we know about the groups that will be affected by a change? How will use of the chained CPI or the CPI-E affect Social Security beneficiaries over time? How will a change affect veterans, Americans with disabilities, and people with very low incomes? AARP sponsored a discussion on how the federal government measures the cost of living and how changes being considered will impact a range of government programs that serve tens of millions of Americans. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in the briefing, along with Stephen Goss, chief actuary at the Social Security Administration; Sita Slavov, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; and Rebecca Vallas, staff attorney at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia. You can watch the briefing on C-SPAN.

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March 7, 2013

The Future of Economic Security: Work and Social Insurance

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Public Welfare Foundation
1200 U Street N.W.
Washington D.C., 20009

CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum participated in a discussion on economic security as part of an annual policy briefing hosted by the Working Group on Labor and Community Partnerships of the Neighborhood Funders Group. Other participants included Naomi Walker of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; Cathy Albisa, executive director of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative; and Edward F. Coyle, executive director of the Association of Retired Americans & Social Security Works. For more information, visit the event website.

March 4, 2013

Beyond Deficit Reduction: How Has the Macroeconomic Environment Changed?

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Hart Senate Office Building
Room 902
200-262 2nd St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel discussion titled "Beyond Deficit Reduction: How Has the Macroeconomic Environment Changed?" as part of the National WIC Association's 23rd Annual Washington Leadership Conference. Dean was joined on the panel by Robert Greenstein, director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Information can be found on the event's website.

February 25, 2013

Minimum Wage and a Sustainable Economic Future

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
University of Minnesota
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt participated in a panel discussion on the minimum wage, which also included economists Ann Markusen of the University of Minnesota and Doug Hall of the Economic Policy Institute. The event was hosted by JOBS NOW Coalition and the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service. For more information, visit the event website.

February 20, 2013

The Future of Social Security with Dean Baker

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
University of Washington - Tacoma
Philip Hall
1918 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker participated in a talk about the challenges and opportunities facing Social Security. Marilyn Watkins, policy director at the Economic Opportunity Institute, also participated.

February 4, 2013

Remembering Aaron Swartz: A Call for CFAA Reform Now

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cannon Office Building
Cannon Caucus Room
C Street Southeast
Washington, D.C., 20003

Family and friends of Aaron Swartz joined members of Congress at the Capitol Visitor's Center to honor and celebrate the life, work, and legacy of Aaron Swartz, the accomplished activist and technologist who took his own life on January 11. Aaron’s supporters also discussed possible reforms and other steps that can be taken to honor his memory. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker was a featured speaker. For more information, visit the event website.

February 4, 2013

Equity and the Future of the American Economy

9:20 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.
Newseum
Knight Conference Center, 7th Floor
555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

A growing chorus of advocates, policymakers, and economists believe that the nation’s spiking racial and income inequality puts our economy at risk, and that equity is now an economic imperative in addition to a moral one. The conversation must now shift to policy. This half-day convening, sponsored by PolicyLink and the Service Employees International Union, explored on-the-ground solutions, policy strategies, and movement building needed for an equitable economy. A panel, titled "Equity as an Economic Imperative," featured Angela Glover Blackwell of PolicyLink (moderator), Manuel Pastor of the University of Southern California, Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Jacob Hacker of Yale University. For more information, visit the event website.

 

 

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.