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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.

July 9, 2012

Turning Research Into Action

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue Northwest
Washington D.C. 20001

CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum took part in a breakout session of the 2012 National Summit on Paid Sick Days and Paid Family Leave titled "Turning Research Into Action." Panelists also included Kevin Miller of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and Doug Hall from the Economic Policy Institute. Vicki Shabo, National Partnership for Women & Families, moderated.

July 10, 2012

The Future of Medicare

9:40 a.m.
Bloomberg L.P. Headquarters
731 Lexington Ave.
New York, New York

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a roundtable discussion on Medicare as part of Bloomberg's Social Security and Medicare Forum. Other participants included Les Funtleyder, healthcare strategist at Miller Tabak + Co., LLC. Drew Armstrong, healthcare reporter at Bloomberg News, moderated. More information can be found on the forum's website.

June 11, 2012

Argentina's 2001 Default: Myths and Realities

6:00 p.m.
Embassy of Argentina
1600 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, DC, 20009

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot spoke at a reception and book presentation on Argentina's 2001 debt default. A video of the event is available below or after the jump.

May 23, 2012

Moving to a Caring Economy: New Indicators of Social Wealth

5 - 7 p.m.
The Embassy of Finland
3301 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

The Center for Economic Policy and Research co-sponsored an event with Dr. Riane Eisler, president of the Center for Partnership Studies, Erwin de Leon of The Urban Institute and Dr. Sara Melendez on "Moving to a Caring Economy: New Indicators of Social Wealth." Other sponsors included the National Association of Mothers Centers, National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO), GenderAction, Family Values @ Work, and Digital Sisters. More information can be found on the event website.

June 7, 2012

The Billion Dollar Question: What is the Impact of Private Equity on Companies and Workers?

Park Plaza Boston
50 Arlington Street

Boston, MA 02116

CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum took part in a presentation titled "The Billion Dollar Question: What is the Impact of Private Equity on Companies and Workers?"

Presentation (.pptx)

June 26, 2012

After Austerity

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Congress House
23-28 Great Russell St
London WC1B 3LW, UK

With the U.K. facing a decade of economic stagnation, real change is needed to secure jobs and living standards for the future. Growth is the only long-term solution to getting public finances back in shape, but where will it come from? With another generation scarred by youth unemployment, and job losses in public and private sectors, how can we create more as well as better jobs? A growing gap between the rich and the rest helped cause the crash, but what can we do about it? As tackling climate change is increasingly presented as a barrier to growth, can a low carbon economy be part of the solution? CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker served as the keynote speaker at an event discussing these issues. CEPR Senior Research Associate Ha-Joon Chang also spoke at the event. 

June 12, 2012

Roundtable Discussion on Private Equity

11:00 - 12:15 p.m.
Georgetown University
Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor
209 Maguire Hall
37th and O Streets NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

As part of the Labor Research and Action Network National Conference, hosted by Georgetown University's Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum took part in a roundtable discussion on private equity. The discussion was chaired by Matteo Colombi of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. 

April 28, 2012

The Hunger Games and Real World Economic Injustice

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
University of Illinois at Chicago
725 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, IL 60607

Some critics see The Hunger Games as an allegory for today: staggering world poverty amidst growing economic inequality. Part of Global Activism 2012, this panel explored real-world economic injustices and possibilities for creating a more equitable and fair system locally and globally. It took a closer look at globalism, militarism and the impact of the economic crisis. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot took part in the discussion. Also participating in the panel: Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Creative Voices for Non-violence and author of Other Lands Have Dreams: from Baghdad to Pekin Prison, and Touissaint Losier, a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Chicago and a Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign organizer. Harishi Patel, a cultural organizer with Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and Chicago activist, moderated.

April 19, 2012

The Eurozone Recession: Are There Alternatives?

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
The World Bank
MC-C1-100
1818 H St, NW
Washington, D.C., 20006

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot recently debated Mahmood Pradhan, Deputy Director of the IMF’s European Department, on the eurozone crisis and strategies for its resolution. While Pradhan argued for strategies that would lower labor costs, Mark argued that the European authorities, including the European Central Bank, should reverse course, intervene to lower long-term interest rates, and support stimulus programs for economic recovery; and that some governments should consider leaving the euro if the authorities insist on continued austerity and high unemployment. A video of the event is available below or after the jump.

Mark's PowerPoint Presentation (.pptx)

April 13, 2012

Debts and Deficits: Combating Recession in the U.S., Latin America, and Eurozone

12 p.m.
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University YMCA
1001 S. Wright St.
Champaign, IL 61820

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot participated in a forum on macroeconomic policies in the United States, Europe and developing countries since the world financial crisis and recession of 2008-2009, to see what kinds of policy mistakes and public misunderstanding have limited economic and social progress. A video of the event is available below or after the jump.

April 18, 2012

Congressional Briefing on Cholera in Haiti, Co-sponsored by the O'Neill Institute and CEPR

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2226
45 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20515

In October of 2010, less than ten months after being hit by a devastating earthquake, Haiti experienced a cholera epidemic that quickly spread throughout the small nation. The waterborne disease has now killed at least 7,050 Haitians and sickened over 531,000 others. Meanwhile, nearly half a million earthquake victims remain without adequate housing, and Haitians continue to face one of the most challenging clean water and sanitation situations in the world. As the rainy season sets in, the country is experiencing a notable increase in the number of deaths attributed to cholera, according to the UN.

This congressional briefing, co-sponsored by the Georgetown Law Center's O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and CEPR, examines U.S. and international efforts to address what has become the world’s worst active cholera epidemic. Panelists discuss what urgent measures are needed to contain the spread of the disease, as well as longer-term proposals for preventing cholera from becoming endemic to Haiti. Finally, panelists consider the role of international legal mechanisms for protecting health and human rights violations in Haiti’s greater post-earthquake context.