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March 28, 2011

Balanced Housing Policy and the Mortgage Interest Deduction

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
The Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street NW
Washington D.C. 20008

Most experts agree that the federal government over-subsidizes homeownership, especially for higher-income households. The bipartisan deficit commission has called for reform of the mortgage interest deduction. Many policymakers think we need a more balanced housing policy that better addresses the needs of low- and moderate-income homeowners and renters. Proposals and prospects for reform were covered in this session, as part of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition's 2011 Annual Housing Policy Conference and Lobby Day. Speakers included CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker; Mark Calabria, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute; and Sheila Crowley, president of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. For more information on the conference or program, visit the NLIHC site.

March 28, 2011

IMF Performance in the Run-Up to the Current Financial and Economic Crisis

9 - 11 a.m.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004

New Rules for Global Finance, the Program on America and the Global Economy of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Heinrich Böll Stiftung-North America co-sponsored a discussion on a new report produced by the Independent Evaluation Office of the International Monetary Fund. The report’s lead author, Ruben Lamdany, deputy director of the IEO, presented the main findings and recommendations of the Report. The panel of commentators included Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic Policy and Research; Hugh Bredenkamp, deputy director of the strategic policy and review department at the International Monetary Fund; and Damon Silver, director of the policy department at the American Federation of Labor-Council of Industrial Organizations. Videos of the event can be found after the jump or below.

March 25, 2011

Ha-Joon Chang to Discuss "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism"

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
New America Foundation
1899 L St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Economist and CEPR Senior Research Associate Ha-Joon Chang discussed and signed his new book "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism" at the New America Foundation. If you've wondered how we did not see the economic collapse coming, Ha-Joon Chang knows the answer: We didn't ask what they didn't tell us about capitalism. This is a lighthearted book with a serious purpose: to question the assumptions behind the dogma and sheer hype that the dominant school of neoliberal economists-the apostles of the freemarket-have spun since the Age of Reagan. "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism" equips readers with an understanding of how global capitalism works-and doesn't. In his final chapter, "How to Rebuild the World," Chang offers a vision of how we can shape capitalism to humane ends, instead of becoming slaves of the market.

March 15, 2011

State and Municipal Debt: The Coming Crisis? Part II

1:30 pm
2154 Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, D.C. 20515

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs on state and municipal debt. More information can be found on the subcommittee's website. A video of the hearing can be found here or after the jump below.

March 20, 2011

Left Forum: Venezuela and the Chavez Government: Advances and Shortcomings

10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Left Forum
Department of Sociology
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Venezuela is going through a crucial period right now because it is emerging from a two-year recession and President Chavez and his allies have won only narrow electoral victories since the loss of a 2007 constitutional reform referendum. In addition, after 12 years in power there is a certain erosion of enthusiasm among rank and file Chavistas. Chavez is up for reelection in 2012, which will be one of his most critical contests yet. The speakers on this panel, which was part of the Left Forum conference, explored what is currently going on in Venezuela, in terms of the advances and the shortcomings of the Chavez government and they will thereby try to make sense of where Venezuela has been and where it is heading.

March 20, 2011

Left Forum: Helping Haiti Rebuild with Dignity, Sovereignty and Justice

12:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Left Forum
Department of Sociology
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Over a year has gone by since Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake that killed over 230,000 and left a million and a half Haitians homeless, and - despite the international outpouring of solidarity - reconstruction efforts have floundered and the still raging humanitarian crisis has been compounded by a political crisis. This panel, which was part of the Left Forum conference, explored the reasons why the "international community" has so far failed to help Haiti build back better and propose a radically different approach to supporting Haiti's reconstruction and long-term development which involves, first and foremost, putting the country's destiny back into Haitian hands.

March 20, 2011

Left Forum: Post-Financial Crisis: Neoliberalism and the Global Economic Recovery

3:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Left Forum
Department of Sociology
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

What is the relationship between the financial crisis that began in 2008 and the problems facing the real economy of the United States and the world today? For some, the words "financial crisis" are used to describe the continuum of events since 2008; others have called it a "crisis of capitalism," seeing it as a culmination of long-term trends; while others have focused on asset bubbles, financial deregulation, or various macroeconomic policies and imbalances. This panel, which was part of the Left Forum conference, looked at how this question is addressed from different points of view.

March 16, 2011

The IMF in the Caribbean & Latin America: Love Affair or Bad Romance?

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
American University
Mary Graydon Center, University Club Room 3
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

American University hosted a panel on the impact the IMF has had on Caribbean countries' economies, including a discussion with key players and experts in the field. Panel participants included CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot; Therese Turner-Jones, deputy division chief in the western hemisphere at the IMF; and Paul Nehru Tennassee, coordinator of international co-curricular programs at the University of the District of Columbia. For more information, visit the event's site. A video of the event can be found here or after the jump below.

March 4, 2011

California's Experience with Paid Family Leave: Implications for New Jersey

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
New Jersey Statehouse
Committee Room 4
125 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

The New Jersey Time to Care Coalition held a policy briefing on "Leaves that Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California." CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum presented findings from new research in California on its paid family leave program and how it can inform policymaking for New Jersey's Family Leave Insurance Program.

March 24, 2011

Ha-Joon Chang to Discuss "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism"

6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Busboys and Poets
Langston Room
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Economist and CEPR Senior Research Associate Ha-Joon Chang discussed and signed his new book "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism" at Busboys and Poets. If you've wondered how we did not see the economic collapse coming, Ha-Joon Chang knows the answer: We didn't ask what they didn't tell us about capitalism. This is a lighthearted book with a serious purpose: to question the assumptions behind the dogma and sheer hype that the dominant school of neoliberal economists-the apostles of the freemarket-have spun since the Age of Reagan. "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism" equips readers with an understanding of how global capitalism works-and doesn't. In his final chapter, "How to Rebuild the World," Chang offers a vision of how we can shape capitalism to humane ends, instead of becoming slaves of the market. For more information, visit Busboys and Poets' event page.

February 4, 2011

The Elections: Flawed Beyond Repair?

10 a.m.
Supreme Court
West Conference Room
1 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20543

The Haiti Democracy Project sponsored a presentation on the "Haiti Democracy Project Electoral Mission." Participants included: CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot; Professor Fritz Scheuren, the 100th president of the American Statistical Association and member of the OAS Verification Mission to Haiti; Roger F. Noriega, Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs under George W. Bush, and visiting fellow of the American Enterprise Institute; Rudolph H. Boulos, board member of the Haiti Democracy Project; James Morell, founder and executive director of the Haiti Democracy Project; and Ernest Preeg, former US ambassador to Haiti and chair at the International Business Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

February 3, 2011

Webinar on California's Paid Family Leave Insurance Program

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In a webinar sponsored by the National Partnership for Women and Families, Drs. Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman will share key findings and strategic insights from their pathbreaking new employer/employee research on California's paid family leave insurance program. To see slides, visit the webinar here and call into 1-866-642-1665 / Participant Code: 202-238-4841 for the audio.

February 8, 2011

Inflated: How Money and Debt Built the American Dream

Noon
The Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington D.C., 20001

The Cato Institute held a forum to discuss author Christopher Whalen's book, "Inflated: How Money and Debt Built the American Dream." CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker and Alex Pollock of the American Enterprise Institute participated in the discussion. A video of the event can be found here or after the jump below.

February 2, 2011

Whither Haiti after the Apocalypse? Responses to the Earthquake, the Cholera Epidemic and the Future

4 pm – 6 pm
Georgia State University
Troy Moore Library
9th Floor General Classroom Building
33 Gilmer St SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

The Georgia State University Center for Human Rights and Democracy will host an academic conference on Haiti after the earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010 and the cholera epidemic that ensued. Leading experts on the country and international development will convene to discuss, share and assess the psychological responses and trauma, quality of global governance in response to the crisis, lessons learned, cultural and artistic expressions, quality of the response, recent two rounds of elections, and the challenges of the future. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot will take part in a panel discussion titled "Elections and Politics."

January 27, 2011

Table Talk: "Attack on the Debt & Deficit: Who Wins? Who Loses?"

12:00pm – 1:30pm
American University
Kay Main Chapel
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

American University and the Kay Spiritual Life Center sponsored a panel discussion on the debt and deficit. Speakers included CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt; Aaron Goldstein, American University student and president of the Roosevelt Institute; and Roger Hickey of Campaign for America's Future. More information can be found on the event's webpage.

January 28, 2011

Venezuela from the Neutral Ground

4:45pm – 6:00pm
Tulane University
LBC Stibbs Conference Room 203, Uptown Campus
100 Jones Hall
New Orleans, LA 70118

The Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the Tulane University Department of Political Science sponsored a symposium, titled "Venezuela from the Neutral Ground," to promote competing views on the "Chavista" phenomenon. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot participated in a panel session.

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January 21, 2011

Transpartisan Dialog on Corporate Power: Americans as Citizens, Consumers and Employees

7:00pm – 8:30pm
For the People Summit
Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20005

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel discussion on corporate power in the United States as part of the larger For the People Summit taking place in Washington D.C. from Jan 20-22. Information can be found on the event's website.

January 18, 2011

Media Briefing on Haiti's Elections

3:00pm – 3:30pm
The Center for Economic and Policy Research
1611 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20009

Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) is expected to make a decision soon regarding what will happen with the second round of presidential elections, following President Rene Preval’s receipt of a report from an OAS “Expert” Mission. The CEP may decide to proceed with an election between two candidates – either Mirlande Manigat and Jude Celestin, or between Manigat and Michel Martelly, as the OAS Mission recommends. Or, the CEP could decide that Haiti’s first round of elections were too deeply flawed, and the outcome indeterminate, and decide to re-do the first round of elections.

January 13, 2011

Leaves That Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California

12:30pm – 2:00pm
Center for American Progress Action Fund
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

More families now have two parents that are full-time workers, making it increasingly important for them to have access to flexible workplace policies. In 2002, California became the first state to implement a paid family leave insurance program, providing workers with paid leave when they have a new child or need to care for a family member with a serious illness. This policy expanded California's temporary disability insurance program that already provided paid leave to seriously ill workers. The Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Center for Economic and Policy Research hosted a panel that showcased research on the implementation and effectiveness of California's legislation and discuss what impact it will have on national policymaking.

December 16, 2010

Should the Disadvantaged Be Spared From the Budget Axe? A Look at the President’s Budget Commission Findings and How They Could Impact the Poor

9 - 11:30 am
Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium
1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

The poor, the near-poor, and their children who rely on government benefits to get ahead have more to lose than most if the federal budget implodes. The Budgeting for National Priorities Project at Brookings, in cooperation with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity and the Hudson Institute, convened two panels of experts to examine the recommendations of the President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform from the perspective of the disadvantaged.

December 17, 2010

Shared Sacrifice: Debating the Contours of U.S. Deficit Reduction

9 - 10:30 am
Aspen Institute Initiative on Financial Security
One Dupont Circle, Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20036

The Aspen Institute Initiative on Financial Security hosted a discussion on deficit-reduction measures. The conversation centered on dominant contributors to the U.S. fiscal deficit, identify practical solutions for restructuring government expenditures and revenues, and highlight political fault lines that threaten meaningful reform. The event was moderated by David Leonhardt, New York Times columnist. Participants included Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research; Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform; Andrew Stern, Senior Research Fellow, Georgetown Publilc Policy Institute; and Eugene Steuerle, Institute Fellow & Richard B. Fisher Chair, The Urban Institute. A video of the event can be found on the Aspen Institute's site.