December 1, 2010

Prosperity Not Austerity: A Response to the Fiscal Commission and a Blueprint for Economic Recovery

1 pm
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20045

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform released its final report on December 1st. There are many paths to fiscal responsibility, but the immediate priority must be broadly shared economic growth and security. Did the fiscal commission’s proposals meet this goal? What alternatives would spur an early economic recovery? The American Prospect, Demos, the Economic Policy Institute, The Century Foundation, and The Roosevelt Institute sponsored an event in response to the report’s release. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker, along with Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and other prominent experts, discussed the merits and drawbacks of the commission’s plan and recommend alternative paths to fiscal responsibility with sustained economic growth for all Americans. The event was streamed live at www.ourfiscalsecurity.org.

November 19, 2010

Why Do We Care About Rising Health Care Costs?

8:30 - 9:15 am
Westin Copley Boston
10 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116

The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans held its 9th annual health policy conference, Focusing on the 90 Percent. The conference examined measures for dealing with underlying health care costs, which account for the bulk of how the premium dollar is spent, and steps for addressing those costs. Areas of focus included: where are the main cost drivers, what does the rising cost of health care mean for economic growth and personal incomes, and what are the challenges policymakers, health care providers, health plans, employers and consumers face in tackling rising health care costs. As part of the conference, CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker spoke about rising health care costs.

November 18, 2010

The Economy: From Recession to Recovery to Transformation

1:30 - 4:30 pm
University of Ottawa
Tabaret Hall Room 112
550 Cumberland St
Ottawa, ON, Canada

For 30 years, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has been giving voice to progressive ideas. In an era of shrinking progressive think tanks and growing right-wing think tanks, the center celebrated three decades of accomplishments with a conference and gala dinner. As part of the event, CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel discussion on the economy. Other participants included Jim Stanford, an economist with the Canadian Auto Workers; Armine Yalnizyan, senior economist with the CCPA; and Iglika Ivanova, an economist with CCPA.

November 15, 2010

The Fiscal Commission; Recession and Austerity: Perspectives from Here and Abroad

9:45 - 10:45 am
The Washington Marriot
1221 22nd Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

As part of the B'nai B'rith International Policy Conference's plenary session, CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker spoke about "The Fiscal Commission; Recession and Austerity: Perspectives from Here and Abroad."

November 12, 2010

The Changing Landscape of Financial Services: Same Street, New Guardrails?

11 am - 12:00 pm
George Washington University
Center for Law, Economics & Finance
2000 H St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20052

The Dodd-Frank Act is the most far-reaching piece of financial services legislation enacted since the Great Depression. The GWU Center for Law, Economics and Finance's second annual financial regulatory reform symposium will assess the likely impacts of this massive 2,300-plus page law, focusing especially on the areas of consumer protection, the regulation of large, complex, "too big to fail" financial institutions, and whether the act adequately addresses the causes of the recent financial crisis, did not go far enough, or perhaps went too far. As part of the symposium, CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker participated in a panel discussion with Scott G. Alvarez, General Counsel, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, D.C.; V. Gerard Comizio, partner at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP; and Stephen Labaton, an adviser at Goldman Sachs.

October 22, 2010

From Cochabamba to Cancun: Press Breakfast with Pablo Solon

8:30 - 9:30 am
Fenton Communications, Second Floor
1800 Vermont Ave., NW
Washington, DC, 20001

On October 22, 2010, Ambassador to the Plurinational State of Bolivia for the United Nations, Pablo Solon, spoke to reporters about Bolivia's participation and perspective in the UN Climate Change negotiations at an event hosted by CEPR. Ambassador Solon, having just returned from the latest climate change negotiations in Tianjin, China, offered a behind-the-scenes account of what the process has been and what can be expected at COP-16 in Cancun this December. He also discussed Bolivia's perspective and the crucial role of social movements in finding just and viable solutions to the climate change crisis.

October 23, 2010

The Fletcher Symposium on Colombian and Venezuelan Affairs

10:45 am - 12:30 pm
Tufts University
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA, 02155

Concerned by the recent deterioration in Colombian-Venezuelan diplomatic relations and its impact on vulnerable communities, the Andean region and the hemisphere as a whole, a group of committed Fletcher students organized a symposium with high-level experts to spur open and inclusive dialogue. As part of the symposium, CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot participated in a panel discussion entitled "Reclaiming Commerce and Fostering Development in Pursuit of Regional Prosperity." Ricardo Hausmann, director of the Center for International Development at Harvard, and Jose Luis Ramirez, advisor to the Secretary of External Relations at the Organization of American States, also participated.

October 20, 2010

Tracking the Federal Debt and Deficit

10:30 am
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20006

The national debt has become a dominant political issue in Washington and around the country. Policymakers are under pressure to reduce the deficit and put the United States on a sustainable path to economic recovery. Yet federal debt is a complex issue involving short- and long-term economic goals and national policy implications. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel examining specific strategies to rein in the deficit as part of a larger event titled "A Balancing Act: Federal Debt, Deficits, and Economic Recovery."

October 9, 2010

Macroeconomic Policy: What are the Global Trends?

2 pm
The World Bank
MC C1-100
1818 H St, NW
Washington, D.C., 20006

As part of the IMF/WB Fall meetings, CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot debated Petya Koeva Brooks, chief of the World Economic Studies Division at the IMF. In this unique and perhaps unprecedented event, the two economists debated whether IMF policies are appropriate for the current global economic recovery. The debate covered a broad range of countries and issues, including pro-cyclical policies in various countries (e.g. Spain, Greece, Latvia, and other European countries); the feasibility of central bank financing of additional stimulus spending; the risks of premature fiscal consolidation; the particular problems of low-and-middle income countries facing foreign exchange constraints; and other issues raised in the IMF's October World Economic Outlook. The videos below include presentations by both economists as well as extensive back and forth between them on these crucial issues. Deborah James, director of international programs at CEPR, moderated.

October 7, 2010

Redesigning Incentives for the Pharmaceutical Industry

4:50 pm
Mövenpick Hotel
Piet Heinkade 11, 1019 BR
Amsterdam, Netherlands

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker spoke about alternatives to patents for financing drug research as part of a larger conference exploring the theme of "Selling Sickness" and working towards solutions. The conference was designed for everyone with an interest in pharmaceutical information and promotion including: health professionals; policy makers; staff of government health and regulatory departments; inspectors; staff of pharmaceutical, advertising and public relations companies; staff of NGOs; and journalists. The host is Healthy Skepticism (Netherlands) assisted by the Dutch Institute for Rational Use of Medicine and Healthy Skepticism (International). The sponsors are the Dutch Ministry of Health and the Dutch Health Care Inspectorate, the conference was co-sponsored by the World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe.

October 5, 2010

Has the IMF Really Changed? The Imperative for Post-Financial Crisis Reform

10 - 11:30 am
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2220
45 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, D.C., 20515

The global financial crisis has had grave and far-reaching repercussions across the globe, particularly for low-income countries. Last year, G-20 leaders designated the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the central vehicle for global economic recovery, committing to triple its resources. The U.S. Congress subsequently approved $100 billion in additional resources to the institution. At the time, anti-poverty advocacy groups expressed deep concern that the harsh austerity and pro-cyclical measures accompanying IMF lending could hinder recovery in low-income countries and exacerbate the crisis in middle-income countries as well. In response to these criticisms, the IMF has gone to great lengths to demonstrate changes in institution. Despite the positive press around such alterations, recent research and analysis on IMF policies since the crisis demonstrates that much of the claimed reform is superficial and does not represent a solid departure from past IMF practices.

October 23, 2010

False Profits: Recovering from the Bubble Economy

4 pm
The 7th Annual Washington D.C. Green Festival
Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker spoke about his book "False Profits: Recovering from the Bubble Economy" at the 7th Annual Washington D.C. Green Festival on the Green Lifestyle Stage. For more information on the event, visit the official website.

September 30, 2010

An Emergency Response to the Crisis of Poverty in America: Understanding the Crisis and Refocusing the Fight

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2175
45 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, D.C., 20515

CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt took part in an educational discussion on the scope of the growth and demographic changes in poverty in America and how we can rethink and reinvest in our fight to end poverty in America for good. The event was sponsored by the Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus.

October 5, 2010

America's Fiscal Choices: Strengthening Our Economy and Building for the Future

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 pm
Knight Conference Center, 7th Floor
555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Century Foundation, Demos and the Economic Policy Institute held a conference, "America's Fiscal Choices: Strengthening Our Economy and Building for the Future," at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The conference presented moderated conversations with both economists and policymakers representing a range of perspectives on how to facilitate economic growth, spur public investment and reduce the national debt. Confirmed panelists included CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum, Center for American Progress' John Podesta, Nobel Laureate and New York Times Columnist Paul Krugman, Social Security Works' Nancy Altman, Harvard's Martin Feldstein, the New Schools' Teresa Ghilarducci and others.

A video of the event is available here.

October 9, 2010

Feasibility and Impact of an FTT: Discussion on IMF Paper "Taxing Financial Transactions"

9 - 10:30 am
The World Bank
MC C1-200
1818 H St, NW
Washington, D.C., 20006

Robert Pollin of the Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts; Peter Bakvis of the International Trade Union Confederation/Global Unions; and Sarah Anderson of the Institute for Policy Studies took part in a panel discussion on financial speculation taxes. The event was hosted by the International Trade Union Confederation, the Center for Economic and Policy Research and the Institute for Policy Studies.

October 8, 2010

Political Economy in Ecuador: Opportunities for Living Well

2:30 pm
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Conference Center
1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C., 20036

Katiuska King Mantilla, minister coordinator of economic policy for the government of Ecuador, and Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, participated in a discussion on social and economic policies in Ecuador since President Correa took office in 2007.

October 1, 2010

Jobs and the Future of the U.S. Economy: Possibilities and Limits

9:30 - 11:30 am
Howard University
Armour J. Blackburn University Center, Hilltop Terrace
2400 Sixth Street, NW
Washington, D.C., 20059

CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt took part in a presentation on jobs proposals as part of Howard University's day-long conference on "Jobs and the Future of the U.S. Economy." Other participants included Ron Baiman of the Chicago Political Economy Group and Center for Tax and Budget Accountability; Joshua Bivens of the Economic Policy Institute; Mathew Forstater of the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability and University of Missouri, Kansas City; Darrick Hamilton of the New School for Management and Urban Policy and the Center for Economic Policy Analysis; Philip Harvey of the National Jobs for All Coalition and Rutgers University Law School, Camden; and Jeffrey Thompson of the Political Economic Research Institute and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

September 23, 2010

Progressives and the Market: Why Give it to the Right?

3 - 4:30 pm
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21218

As part of its Social Policy Seminar Series, the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies sponsored a lecture by CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker, entitled "Progressives and the Market: Why Give it to the Right?"

September 16, 2010

Designing Work-Family Policies for Families, Employers and Gender Equity

12 - 1:30 pm
New America Foundation
1899 L St NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

During the last 30 years, family life in the U.S. - and other industrialized nations - has changed dramatically. A majority of mothers are in the workforce. What do experiences from the U.S. and around the globe tell us about the optimal design of policies to support working families?

August 18, 2010

Roundtable on Women and the Economy

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
10 G Street, NE, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20002

The Center for Economic and Policy Research co-sponsored the Institute for Women's Policy Research's monthly roundtable on women and the economy.The event featured experts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to discuss the gender earnings gap, paid leave, and paid sick days. Stephanie Boraas, an economist at the Division of Labor Force Statistics at the Bureau of Labor Statistics; Rachel Krantz-Kent, branch chief of the American Time Use Survey at the Bureau of Labor Statistics; and Bill Wiatrowski, associate commissioner for the Office of Compensation and Working Conditions at the Bureau of Labor Statistics took part in the discussion.

August 5, 2010

Making the Case Against Raising the Retirement Age

10 - 11:30 a.m.
2103 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Nicole Woo, director of domestic policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, participated in a briefing titled, "Making the Case Against Raising the Retirement Age," sponsored by the Older Women's Economic Security Task Force of the National Council of Women's Organizations and Social Security Matters. Other participants included Ashley Carson, from the Voice of Midlife and Older Women; Monique Morrissey, from the Economic Policy Institute; and Maria Freese, from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. Terry O'Neill from the National Organization for Women will moderate.

Watch the C-SPAN coverage here.