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November 8, 2011

How to Solve the Unemployment Problem: Views from the Left, Right and Center

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
UCLA

Jan Popper Theatre
Schoenberg Music Hall
2539 Schoenberg Music Bldg
Los Angeles, CA 90095

CEPR Economist David Rosnick took part in a debate on unemployment with Roger E.A. Farmer, chair and distinguished professor, UCLA Department of Economics; and Peter Schiff, CEO and chief global strategist at Euro Pacific Capital. The debate was moderated by Tom Petruno, financial writer at the Los Angeles Times. A video of the event is below or after the jump.

October 30, 2011

The Financial Crisis: Why We Occupy

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
McPherson Square

15th St (NW) and between I & K Sts‎
Washington, D.C. 20005

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot talked about the 2008 financial crisis, as well as the major economic problems that have affected working people over the past four decades, and their solutions as part of a teach-in at OccupyDC. A video of the event is available below or after the jump.

October 29, 2011

'Robin Hood' March and Teach-In for #OccupyDC

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
U.S. Department of the Treasury

1500 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20220

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a teach-in on financial speculation taxes outside the Treasury Department building and the Bank of America in downtown Washington, D.C. The teach-in was part of a global march for the "Robin Hood Tax," organized by the magazine Adbusters. A video of the event is available after the jump.

October 25, 2011

An Update from the Aguán Valley in Honduras

6 p.m.
Busboys and Poets

1025 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

The Aguán Valley region of Honduras has been the site of intense repression and violence in recent months, as large landholders attempt to consolidate control over land for palm oil plantations and U.S.-funded police and military collaborate with private guards to violently destroy entire communities. Seventeen campesinos have been murdered in just the past few months in a human rights emergency that has received little international attention. The government of Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo, meanwhile, continues to receive accolades from the U.S. government for its supposed “progress” on human rights--despite the fact that the killers in the Aguán have gone unpunished and military forces are responsible for much of the repression.

October 25, 2011

In Defense of the Social Safety Net

6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Labor Center
310 West 43rd Sreet
#1199 Auditorium
NY, NY 10036

Safety net programs are in peril. In November, the congressional super committee will announce draconian cuts. In New York, the governor and the mayor blame government austerity policies on the pensions and health benefits of public employees. And at CUNY, adjunct health care is threatened. The time for push back is now. The Professional Staff Congress' Safety Net Working Group hosted a forum titled "Call to Action: Defend the Social Safety Net." CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker was the keynote speaker, followed by a panel including James Parrott of the Fiscal Policy Institute, Kim Phillips-Fein of New York University and Frances Fox-Piven of the CUNY Graduate Center. For more information, visit the event's website.

October 21, 2011

Briefing On Financial Transaction Taxes

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
U.S. Capitol Building

S-115
East Capitol Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20515

A small tax on financial transactions would raise tens of billions of dollars a year and curb dangerous high-speed trading. Support for a transaction tax is growing in the U.S. and around the world. The European Union recently proposed a tax of 10 cents per $100 of securities transactions, and 10 cents per $1,000 of derivatives transactions. France and Germany have already endorsed this proposal. The European Union forecasts that this tiny tax will raise some $70 billion annually.

November 12, 2011

Getting Back To Work: A Summit on Job Creation in Long Beach

12:30 - 03:30 p.m.
Hotel Maya

700 Queensway Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker gave the keynote presentation at a summit on long and short-term strategies to address unemployment, workforce development and the growing the Long Beach economy. The event was co-sponsored by Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, The Long Beach Ministerial Alliance and The California Endowment. For more information, visit insidedistrict9.com.

October 4, 2011

Brown Bag on Banks, Bubbles and Busts

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Washington Hilton

Georgetown West Room
919 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel discussion titled "Brown Bag on Banks, Bubbles and Busts" as part of the 2011 Take Back the American Dream Conference, organized by The Campaign for America's Future and Van Jones' "Rebuild The Dream" organization. The agenda for the conference, which runs from Oct. 3-5, can be found here.

October 13, 2011

Managing the Cinderella Workforce: Management Practices and Job Quality in Direct Care Work

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
University of Birmingham

Room G03, University House
116 Edgbaston Park Road
West Midlands B15 2TY, United Kingdom

CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum gave a seminar at the University of Birmingham titled "Managing the Cinderella Workforce: Management Practices, Work Organization and Job Quality in Direct Care Work."

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October 11, 2011

Jobs, Inequality, and the Public Sector: Improving the Economic Competitiveness and Innovative Capacity of the U.S.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Georgetown University Law Center

Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor Reception Area
120 F Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20001

Early this year, President Obama released an updated "Strategy for American Innovation," and the Department of Commerce was tasked with a comprehensive study of the economic competitiveness and innovative capacity of the United States. An Innovation Advisory Board of leaders in academia, business and labor was created to work in consultation with the Department of Commerce on this important report.

To inform the consultation process for the report, as well as the broader public debate about economic competitiveness and innovation, the Communications Workers of America – which has a seat on the Innovation Advisory Board – co-sponsored this conference with Georgetown University's Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor and the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

October 13, 2011

Government Unions in the United States

3:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Northwestern University of Law

303 E Superior St # 5-121
Chicago, IL 60611

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel discussion titled "Estimating the Costs of Public Unions" as part of a larger conference at Northwestern University on "Government Unions in the United States," Oct. 13-14. Robert Novy-Marx, assistant professor of finance at the Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester; Joshua Rauh, associate professor at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University; and Andrew Biggs, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, also participated in the panel. Registration information and the agenda for the conference can be found here. For more information regarding this conference, please call (312) 503-1811 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

September 30, 2011

Issues in Developing Economies

10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m
Political Economy Research Institute

University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Gordon Hall
418 N Pleasant St
Amherst, MA 01002

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot took part in a panel discussion on developing economies as part of a larger conference titled "Capitalism on Trial: A Conference in Honor of Thomas E. Weisskopf," running Sept. 30 to Oct. 1. Other panelists included Sharukh Rafi Khan from Mt. Holyoke College and Minqi Li from the University of Utah. Information on the conference can be found on the University of Massachusetts Amherst web site.

October 1, 2011

Union for Radical Political Economics 2011 Conference: The War on the Working Class

10:00 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.
St. Francis College Brooklyn

180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn
New York, 11242

The "Great Recession" set the stage for a multi-pronged attack by the capitalist class on the working class. Wages are falling, the safety net is being shredded, government spending on social programs is being slashed and the workers displaced are adding to the ranks of the unemployed, while unions, collective bargaining and the very notion of collective rights are under attack. But these attacks are meeting resistance.

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker delivered the opening plenary of a two-day conference and membership meeting that addressed this war on the working class. A live webcast of the conference was shown here.

September 24, 2011

Macro-Economic Policy in the Eurozone: Are There Alternatives to Slow Growth and High Unemployment?

Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Luc Everaert, Assistant Director for the European Department, IMF

This debate, which took place Sept. 24, 2011, provides a critical overview of the eurozone crisis. It is perhaps most remarkable in that Weisbrot offers a harsh critique of the policies that have been implemented by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and its partner European authorities (the European Commission and the European Central Bank) — an argument he also made recently in a column in The Guardian — and Everaert of the IMF does not offer much disagreement. “I also agree with Mark’s diagnosis of the problem. I think the problem is a policy failure,” Everaert admits at the beginning of his presentation (minute 1:09).

The two economists differ on the solution to the eurozone’s current problems. While Weisbrot proposes that fiscal and monetary policies can be used to stimulate struggling eurozone economies, such as in Greece, Everaert warns of the dangers of inflation. (Minute 10:13).

The debate recording is time-stamped with the main points made by both participants, so that listeners and viewers can move easily to their subjects of interest. The first 30 minutes of the debate are in audio only, with the rest in video.

September 22, 2011

CANCELLED - The Bolivian Economic Model: Responses to the 2011 Economic Crisis

10 a.m.
Public Citizen

1600 20th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

The economic model that the government of President Evo Morales has applied since 2006 has allowed Bolivia to maintain economic growth while also focusing on the redistribution of income, social inclusion and respect towards nature, even within the context of the increase in petroleum and food prices following the financial crisis of 2008. In 2011, high volatility in the prices of raw materials, changes in international demand and exchange rate pressures of neighboring countries, are posing challenges for the economy.

In a discussion with Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Luis Arce, minister of economy and finances, and Bolivia's Governor to the IMF, will talk about the problems faced by Bolivia due to the crisis of 2011. Deborah James, director of international programs at CEPR, will moderate. 

September 18, 2011

Firedoglake Book Salon: Dean Baker's The End of Loser Liberalism

5 - 7 p.m EDT
firedoglake

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker participated in an online discussion on firedoglake for his new book, "The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive."

September 15, 2011

Money Makes The World Go Around

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
County Administration Building

Room 3220
400 4th Street N
La Crosse, WI 54601

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in brown bag forum on the economy, financial speculation taxes and the misinformation behind the deficit. The event, which was free, was sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Center for Economic Development; Wisconsin Voices; Institute for Wisconsin’s Future; American Federation of Teachers - 212; Citizen Action of WI; Partnership for Working Families; We Are Milwaukee- We Are WI; WISDOM; SEIU; and Wisconsin AFL-CIO.

September 15, 2011

Money Makes The World Go Around

6 - 8:30 p.m.
The Plaza

1202 W. Clairemont Ave.
Eau Claire, WI

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a talk on the economy, financial speculation taxes and the misinformation behind the deficit. The event, which is free, is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Center for Economic Development; Wisconsin Voices; Institute for Wisconsin’s Future; American Federation of Teachers - 212; Citizen Action of WI; Partnership for Working Families; We Are Milwaukee- We Are WI; WISDOM; SEIU; and Wisconsin AFL-CIO.

September 15, 2011

The Andes Initiative Presents: Panel on "The Revolution in Venezuela"

6 - 7:30 p.m.
David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

S-250
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Is Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution under Hugo Chávez truly revolutionary? Most books and articles tend to view the Chávez government in an either-or fashion. Some see the president as the shining knight of twenty-first-century socialism, while others see him as an avenging Stalinist strongman. Despite passion on both sides, the Chávez government does not fall easily into a seamless fable of emancipatory or authoritarian history, as essays in the recent book The Revolution in Venezuela: Social and Political Change Under Chávez (Series on Latin American Studies) make clear.

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot took part in a panel discussion on the collection of essays. Other participants included Cathy Rakowski, associate professor of women's studies and rural sociology at Ohio State University, and Thomas Ponniah, professor at the school of liberal arts and sciences at George Brown College. More information on the event can be found here.

September 8, 2011

New Priorities for Public Finance – Achieving Policy Coherence to Strengthen the State, Reduce Inequality and Promote Sustainable Growth

2 p.m.
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Europabüro

Rue du Taciturne 38
Brussel, Belgium

The financial and economic crisis has significantly contributed to the deterioration of the fiscal condition of almost every G20 nation since the onset of the crisis. It is therefore time to discuss new priorities for public finance in the industrialized countries. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung hosted a selected group of international experts and policy makers to explore links between alternative economic models and new priorities for a progressive public finance policy. As part of the conference, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel discussion titled "Taxation and Fiscal Policy: Public Money for Public Goods? How to Strengthen the State."

September 14, 2011

Money Makes The World Go Around

7 - 9 p.m.
Gordon Park Pavilion

2828 N. Humboldt Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53212

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a talk on the economy, financial speculation taxes and the misinformation behind the deficit. The event, which was free, was sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Center for Economic Development; Wisconsin Voices; Institute for Wisconsin’s Future; American Federation of Teachers - 212; Citizen Action of WI; Partnership for Working Families; We Are Milwaukee- We Are WI; WISDOM; SEIU; and Wisconsin AFL-CIO.