February 5, 2012

Retirement Heist: How Companies Plunder and Profit from the Nest Eggs of American Workers

5 p.m. ET/2 p.m PT.

It’s no secret that hundreds of companies have been slashing pensions and health coverage earned by millions of retirees. Employers blame an aging workforce, stock market losses, and spiraling costs- what they call “a perfect storm” of external forces that has forced them to take drastic measures. But this so-called retirement crisis is no accident. In the new book, Retirement Heist, Ellen E. Schultz, award-winning investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal, reveals how large companies and the retirement industry-benefits consultants, insurance companies, and banks-have all played a huge and hidden role in the death spiral of American pensions and benefits. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker hosted a book salon on Firedoglake with Schultz.

February 10, 2012

Economic Mobility: What's the Problem and What to Do About It?

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
New America Foundation

1899 L St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

In a recent speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, President Obama described how the prospects of upward mobility for a child born into poverty have dimmed substantially, and he identified the path to inclusive prosperity as "the defining issue of our time." But has the climb up the economic ladder really become more arduous? Have more families in the middle class fallen downward? What can and should be done to increase economic security and create opportunities for upward mobility? The New America Foundation sponsored a discussion with Scott Winship, fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution and former research manager with the Economic Mobility Project. Participants included Heather McGhee, director of the Demos Washington Office; Shawn Fremstad, a senior research associate at the Center for Economic Policy Research; and Reid Cramer, director of the Asset Building Program at the New America Foundation.

A video of the event is available below or after the jump.

February 1, 2012

Rebuilding the Middle Class

9:00 - 10:30 a.m
Center for American Progress

1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

In the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama challenged Congress to pursue policies that recognize that a strong middle class is the key driver of economic growth. He stressed that the United States will not have an economy that works until it has one that works for all Americans. At an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee, talked about what he's learned from the series of HELP Committee hearings and events on the decline of the middle class, and outlined a policy agenda that puts the middle class first. Senator Harkin's remarks were followed by a panel of distinguished economists and policy analysts exploring how the middle class is a key engine of economic growth. The panelists included:

  • Heather Boushey, Senior Economist, Center for American Progress
  • Isabel Sawhill, Senior Fellow of Economic Studies, Brookings Institution
  • John Schmitt, Senior Economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research

A video of the event is available below or after the jump.

February 4, 2012

Green Night Out

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Singapore Vegetarian Kosher Chinese Restaurant

1006 Race Street, Chinatown
Philadelphia, PA, 19107

CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum discussed "Paid Family Leave and Paid Sick Days: What Activists Need to Know and What They Can Do About It" at an event sponsored by The Green Party. The event also featured an endless supply of vegetarian kosher Chinese food for only $25 per person.

January 25, 2012

CEPR: Haiti Events on the Hill

Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, D.C.

CEPR's Mark Weisbrot participated in a series of congressional panels on Haiti on the Hill — part of a Congressional Schedule of Events that took place Jan. 24-25.

January 24, 2012

CEPR: Haiti Events on the Hill

Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, D.C.

CEPR's Mark Weisbrot participated in a series of congressional panels on Haiti on the Hill — part of a Congressional Schedule of Events that took place Jan. 24-25.

February 3, 2012

Empire Unplugged: A Salon with Dean Baker & Jeffrey Tucker on the Federal Reserve

8:00 p.m.
Montserrat House

2016 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Is the Federal Reserve a legitimate or illegitimate institution? What is the case for it and against it? CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a debate with Jeffrey Tucker, an Austrian economics advocate, executive editor of Laissez Faire Books and former editorial vice president of The Mises Institute.

January 19, 2012

Looking Ahead: State Leaders, National Experts Separate Fact From Fiction on Public Pensions

11:00 a.m.
The National Press Club

529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a briefing sponsored by the National Public Pension Coalition to address the unprecedented number of proposals in states to chip away at the foundations of America’s public pension systems. The briefing separated fact from fiction on budget and policy proposals regarding defined benefit pensions and experts explained how recent proposals to diminish retirement security will affect millions of teachers, cops, firefighters and other dedicated public servants. The event also featured a recent retiree from Rhode Island whose story underscores the danger of pension-cutting plans in the states and from those in Congress by Senator Orrin Hatch.

February 1, 2012

Debate: Progressive Economics and the Great Recession

9:30 - 11:00 a.m
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

1101 K Street (Suite 601A)
Washington, DC 20005

The Great Recession has given way to a less-than-great recovery and the pressure is on for Washington to respond. ITIF President Rob Atkinson has taken on traditional Keynesians for pushing for additional public pump priming and for what he sees as their focus on distribution of the economic pie rather than the growth of the pie. But Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, rejects Atkinson's critique. The event was moderated by American Public Media's John Dimsdale.

A video of the event can be found below or after the jump.

January 24, 2012

Author Event, "Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake"

6:30 p.m.
Busboys and Poets

2021 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Editor Mark Schuller discussed the new book, "Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake," which features chapters written by CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot and research assistant Jake Johnston. The event was sponsored by TransAfrica Forum, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Teaching for Change and Busboys and Poets.

January 30, 2012

What's the Economy for, Anyway?: Why It's Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness

6:30 - 8 p.m.
Busboys and Poets

2021 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Activist John de Graaf discussed and signed copies of his new book, "What's the Economy For, Anyway?: Why It's Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness," at the 14th and U Street Busboys and Poets. The event was sponsored by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Teaching for Change and Busboys and Poets. More information on the book can be found here.

January 6, 2012

American Economic Association, Annual Meetings, January 5-8, 2012 Chicago

10:15 a.m.
Swissotel Chicago

323 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60601

The Economics of Regime Change (Panel Discussion)

Panel Moderator: Richard Kaufman (Bethesda Research Group)

Roger Myerson (University of Chicago) Local Foundations for Strong Democracy

Linda Bilmes (Harvard University) The True Cost of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts: An Analysis of the Ten Years from 2001-2011

Hamid Ali (American University in Cairo) The Economics of the Arab Spring: A View from Egypt

Jennifer Olmsted (Drew University) Women in Transitions

Mark Weisbrot (Center for Economic and Policy Research)   Report from the South American Spring

December 16, 2011

Lessons on Low-Wage Work from the Wealthy World

1:30 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.
Korea Labor Institute

Wolfson Theater
30, Eunhaeng-ro
Seoul, Korea, 150-740

CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt presented the paper "Lessons on Low-Wage Work from the Wealthy World" as part of the conference "Welfare States’ Response to Labor Market Dualism and The Working Poor," organized by the Korea Labor Institute (KLI) NRF-SSK of Center for Peace and Public Integrity at Hansin University. For more information, visit the event's website.

November 21, 2011

Incarceration and the Labor Market

1:30 p.m.
Framingham State University

McCarthy Center
Room 309
100 State Street
Framingham, MA 01701

CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt spoke about "Incarceration and the Labor Market" at an event sponsored by the Framingham State University Sociology Department. More information on the event can be found here.

November 16, 2011

Unemployed, Not Undeserving: Asian Americans, Unemployment & Job Creation

11:30 a.m.
Cannon House Office Building

Room 340
Independence Avenue and First Street
Washington, D.C.

The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance Education Fund, in cooperation with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, held a congressional briefing titled "Unemployed, Not Undeserving: Asian Americans, Unemployment, & Job Creation." The briefing brought forward the dilemma at hand - Asian Americans who become unemployed remain unemployed longer than any other ethnic group. Confirmed speakers included Marlene Kim of UMass-Boston and the Economic Policy Institute and Nicole Woo, director of domestic policy at CEPR. The briefing also featured testimonies from workers impacted by the American Jobs Act, and the White House had a representative present to speak on the benefits of the American Jobs Act for AAPIs.

November 14, 2011

The Future of Europe - How to Solve the Euro Crisis?

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Georgetown University

Mortara Center for International Studies
3600 N Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot took part in a discussion sponsored by the Georgetown University European Club on the eurozone crisis. Other speakers included Georgetown Professor Jeffrey Anderson, an expert on European politics with special emphasis on the European Union; Georgetown Professor James Vreeland, Associate professor of International Relations who conducts research in the field of international political economy; and Heiko Hesse, an economist at the IMF and President of Washington European Society.

December 13, 2011

Financial Capitalism and Collateral Damage: Cadbury, EMI, Mervyn’s, and Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
London School of Economics

Wolfson Theater
Houghton Street
London, United Kingdom

CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum, Rosemary Batt of Cornell University, and Ian Clark of the University of Birmingham presented their coauthored paper, "Financial Capitalism and Collateral Damage," at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the British Journal of Industrial Relations, which was held at the London School of Economics, Wolfson Theatre. The conference agenda can be found here.

Presentation - PPTX

November 9, 2011

The Occupied Super Committee Hearing of the 99%

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Freedom Plaza

Washington, D.C.

OccupyWashingtonDC.org held a hearing on the economy for the 99% that examined how to create a fair economy for all Americans. The hearing examined critical issues facing the economy and the federal budget and include testimony from people with great understanding of the issues facing the country, as well as comments from the 99% who are directly affected by the economy. Participants included CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker; Kevin Zeese, an organizer of Occupy Washington D.C. and co-director of It’s Our Economy and co-chair of Come Home America; Andrew Fieldhouse of the Economic Policy Institute; Carl Conetta of the Project on Defense Alternatives; Margaret Flowers, an organizer of Occupy Washington D.C. and congressional fellow for Physicians for National Health Program; and Gar Alperovitz, a noted author with the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives.

The hearing was live-streamed on www.OccupyWashingtonDC.org.

November 16, 2011

Briefing on Maternal and Child Health Policy

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
State Capitol

Room 2040
1315 10th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

California has made some progress in the areas of maternal and child health, yet a lot remains to be done. As the state prepares for the next legislative session, the California Work & Family Coalition, California Commission on the Status of Women, and the California Legislative Women’s Caucus sponsored an event to discuss the challenges and opportunities for maternal and child health policy. Speakers at the event shared current information on various policies that impact and support the health of mothers and children in California, including Paid Family Leave; Lactation Accommodation; and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Featured speakers included CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman, professor of sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and academic director of CUNY's Murphy Labor Institute. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the event site.

November 2, 2011

To Save or to Borrow for Development?

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot took part in a conference in Riga, Latvia, on development in the eurozone. His presentation is available after the jump or below, as well as a post-presentation interview with journalists.

November 9, 2011

Progressivism on Tap: Making Markets and the Economy Progressive

6:00 p.m.
Busboys and Poets

1025 5th Street NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker joined Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, in a discussion on how progressives can build a new economic order that is equitable, productive and responsive to the needs of all Americans. The discussion was part of Center for American Progress' Progressivism on Tap series. For more information, visit CAP's Progressivism on Tap page. A video of the event is available below or after the jump.