September 20, 2012
Haiti in 2012: Updates on the Recovery
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Washington Convention Center
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
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
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
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
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
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?"
June 26, 2012
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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.
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
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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
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).
- Anders Åslund is a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and co-author of How Latvia Came through the Financial Crisis and author of The Last Shall Be the First: The East European Financial Crisis.
- Mark Weisbrot is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He is co-author of "Latvia's Internal Devaluation: A Success Story?" and"Latvia’s Recession: The Cost of Adjustment With An “Internal Devaluation."
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
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
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
45 Independence Ave SW
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.