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
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.

April 11, 2012

Latvia's Recession and Recovery: Are There Lessons for the Eurozone?

1 - 2:30 p.m.
1st Floor Board Room
1625 L Street, NW
Washington, D.C., 20036

Latvia suffered some of the worst losses of output and employment during the world financial crisis and recession (2008-2009), pursuing a strategy of "internal devaluation" while keeping its currency pegged to the euro.  Some have argued that these losses represent a severe policy failure; while others argue that the country's economic recovery since the 4th quarter of 2009, and other achievements, show that the strategy succeeded. This forum presented these two opposing views.

Mark's PowerPoint Presentation (.pptx).

The video is available below or after the jump.

April 11, 2012

Tax Equity: Paying Fair

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Capitol Visitors Center
Room SVC 201-00
1 1st Street NW
Washington, D.C.

Fierce debate over the proper economic role, most efficient system—and fairness—of taxation will dominate the political landscape of 2012, from the presidential campaign trail to the looming end-of-year Congressional budget crisis. In partnership with the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Americans for Democratic Action Education Fund will present an all-star panel on tax reform, featuring the nation’s leading advocates for a tax system that adequately funds public needs and truly reflects American values. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker participated. Other panelists included Elspeth Gilmore of Resource Generation, Mike Lapham of the Responsible Wealth campaign and United for a Fair Economy, Chuck Marr of the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, Robert McIntyre of Citizens for Tax Justice; and Rebecca Thiess of the Economic Policy Institute. The event was streamed live here.

April 2, 2012

Occupy the Future

1 p.m.
Carnegie Institute of Washington
1530 P Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

The National Occupation of Washington, D.C., which begins on March 30 and ends on April 30, will include protests, music and art, but its anchor is education of the movement. The major educational activities begin on April 2 with the "Control the Corporation" conference at the Carnegie Institute of Washington. The conference, organized by the Center for the Study of Responsive Law, included how people can work toward controlling corporations' impact on elections, slow privatization, create better-paying jobs and mobilize for the future. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel discussion called "Occupy the Future" at 1 p.m. The full schedule is available on the conference website. Please register in advance at http://csrl.org to help planning for food and space.

March 27, 2012

Haiti Briefing: Haitian American Students Brief on IDP Camps

1 - 3 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2456
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, D.C.

Haiti is beginning a new rainy season, yet again cholera is threatening the almost 500,000 people still in Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps. It will also bring in a third and fourth wave of cholera that will infect those most vulnerable to the disease. On top of the physical climate, the political climate has also heated up. With the abrupt resignation of the prime minister, the parliamentary elections are at a standstill and reports of violence in IDP camps, those least able to protect themselves from cholera are going to find themselves in an even greater precarious situation. Researchers held a briefing to highlight realities and dispel misconceptions about Haiti’s IDPs.

March 30, 2012

The Future of Entitlement Programs

8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road, NW

Washington, DC 20008

Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid have been staples of American life for many decades but now their futures are threatened. As part of the 2012 Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging, taking place March 28 through April 1, this panel addressed the challenges these programs face, and explored the issue of whether there will be enough wealth in the American economy to support these programs. Sessions included The Future of Social Security, The Future of Medicare and Medicaid and The Politics of the Future of Entitlements. Registration and session info can be found on the event's website.

March 26, 2012

The D-Word: Can Default Save Greece? Or Is Austerity the Answer?

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy Street

Cambridge, MA

As the Eurozone crisis smolders, one out of every five people in Greece is unemployed. Greece's Central Bank now expects the country to slip deeper into recession, despite European authorities' massive lending and budget-cutting prescriptions. Should Greece continue to follow the path of austerity, or should it opt for the path of Argentina: abandon the euro and default? To shed some light, Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, joined Harvard Kennedy School Professors Richard Parker and Jeffrey Frankel in assessing Greece's escape routes.

March 21, 2012

Need or Greed: Who's Responsible for the Global Economic Collapse?

7 p.m.
Chicago Temple
77 West Washington
Chicago, IL, 60602

As we enter the fifth year of the Great Recession, the new watch word for those of us on Main Street is austerity. We are told we must sacrifice to restore the economy to health. Meanwhile, the Dow hovers around the 13,000 mark and the good times are back on Wall Street. Is this really the route back to prosperity? Or just a rerun of the same old same old?

Chicago Area Peace Action sponsored a town hall discussion with economist and CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker on "Need or Greed: Who's Responsible for the Global Economic Collapse?" For more information, visit the event website or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

March 29, 2012

Investment in Private Markets: Rewards, Risks and Implications for Economic Growth and Jobs - Good Jobs? - Creation

1:30 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Harvard Law School
2036 Millstein East Campus
Wasserstein Building
1563 Massachusetts Ave

Cambridge, MA 02138

CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum chaired a presentation titled "Investment in Private Markets: Rewards, Risks and Implications for Economic Growth and Jobs - Good Jobs? - Creation" as part of Harvard Law School's 10th Annual Pensions and Capital Stewardship conference, March 28-29. Presenters included Tom Rotherham, director of Hermes Equity Ownership Services, Ltd.; Stephen Sleigh, fund director of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers National Pension Fund; and Michael Swack, professor at the University of New Hampshire and research faculty at the Carsey Institute. For more information, visit the event site.

April 9, 2012

Recovering from the Bubble Economy: Jobs, Wages and Unemployment

7 p.m.
University of Oregon
Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics
Ford Alumni Center
Giustina Ballroom
1515 Agate Street

Eugene, OR 97403

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics' public affairs speaker series titled "In the Shadows of the Great Recession: Recovery and Inequality." Dean was joined by University of Oregon Economist Mark Thoma. More information can be found on the event's website.

March 27, 2012

The Latin American Spring

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Brandeis University
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Glynn Amphitheater
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot took part in a discussion on the prospects for Latin American development. The event was sponsored by The Latin American Working Group. Contact Michael Galhouse (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information. A video of the event is available below or after the jump.