July 29, 2010

Dean Baker to Deliver Keynote Address at JOBS NOW Coalition Meeting

5:30 - 7:30 pm
The Minnesota Nurses Association
345 Randolph Ave
St Paul, MN 55102

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker spoke at the JOBS NOW Annual Meeting at the Minnesota Nurses Association headquarters in St. Paul. Minnesota's JOBS NOW Coalition has seen recent victories in establishing family-supporting wages and benefits in the Minnesota Nurses Association's settlement with Twin Cities hospitals. And there has been a public outcry against letting Minnesota restaurant servers' earnings drop any further below a family-supporting wage than they already are. Baker talked about his epic struggle with the economics profession. He has dedicated his career to breaking down the barriers to understanding the economy and how it works. Or, more precisely, how it doesn't work. Best of all, he uses the tools of the profession to distinguish between reality-based economics and its academic counterpart.

June 23, 2010

"South of the Border" Screening at Silverdocs Film Festival

4:30 pm
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD, 20910

There's a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn't know it. Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media's misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. In casual conversations with Presidents Hugo Chávez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner (Argentina), as well as her husband and ex-President Néstor Kirchner, Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raúl Castro (Cuba), Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the region.

June 22, 2010

Social Security at 75: The Legacy and Vision

9 am - 4:30 pm
13th Floor Ballroom
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC

Social Security helped pave a humane path out of the Great Depression in 1935 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s broad agenda that lifted the poor and fostered the growth of a strong middle class. In today’s Great Recession, pundits question whether we can still afford Social Security’s promise to empower the vulnerable and sustain a vibrant middle class for tomorrow’s working families. The National Academy of Social Insurance sponsored this forum to explore lessons from history that shed light on the future. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a sesssion titled "Fiscal Status of Social Security and the Federal Budget." RSVP here.

June 23, 2010

Dean Baker Discussing, Signing Copies of Taking Economics Seriously

7 - 8 pm
Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker discussed and signed copies of his latest book, Taking Economics Seriously at Politics and Prose. In the book, Baker argues that the free market is a myth, given corporate interests in government interventions. Recognizing who really benefits from regulations would allow for innovative approaches, and among his recommendations is applying marginal cost pricing to health care.

Update: Video is now available.

June 14, 2010

Hearing on the Saving D.C. Homes from Foreclosure Act of 2010

1 pm
John A. Wilson Building, Room 500
1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker testified before the D.C. Council Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs on Bill 18-691: the Saving D.C. Homes from Foreclosure Act of 2010. The act would require mortgage lenders and homeowners to engage in mediation prior to foreclosure and would require mortgage lenders that proceed with foreclosure to offer the house as a rental to the former homeowner at a market rental rate. A live stream of the hearing can be viewed here.

June 10, 2010

America Not Greece: What the Greek Debt Crisis Means to American Policy Makers

9 am
Capitol Visitor Center, Room 202/203
U.S. Capitol
1st and East Capitol Streets, NE
Washington, DC

The American Action Network held a panel discussion on the Greek debt crisis and what it means for American policy makers. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker participated, along with William Cline, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics; Andy Busch, global currency and public policy strategist at BMO Capital Markets; and moderator Gerald Seib, executive Washington editor at The Wall Street Journal. Senator Judd Gregg was the keynote speaker.

June 7, 2010

The Future of Social Security

9 - 11 am
Zenger Room
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a roundtable on Social Security, organized by Pensions and Investments.

June 23, 2010

"South of the Border" Press Conference with Oliver Stone, Mark Weisbrot and Tariq Ali

12:00 pm
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045

Oliver Stone, the award-winning film director of movies including "JFK" and "Platoon," spoke at a press conference on June 23, 2010. Stone, whose latest film is "South of the Border," talked about the movie, making it and the political issues it addresses. The movie, which was released in June, examines Latin American political leaders. Stone and his crew filmed South American leaders including Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Argentina's Cristina Kirchner for the film highlighting leftward-shifting politics among Latin American leaders. Stone answered questions along with Tariq Ali and Mark Weisbrot, who worked the film's screenplay.

May 14, 2010

Obama's Latin American Policy and the Honduran Coup: "That's Not Change, That's More of the Same."

7:30 pm - 10 pm
Five Towns Forum Meeting
Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library
1125 Broadway
Hewlett, New York 11557-0903

Dan Beeton, international communications coordinator for the Center for Economic and Policy Research, discussed the Obama Administration's policies towards Latin America, especially Honduras.

April 23, 2010

10:30 am
Spring Meetings Civil Society Forum
CSO Room C, World Bank Main Building
1818 H St NW
Washington, DC 20433

Short-term capital flows are once again increasing in developing countries, as the world economy recovers. In February, IMF economists published a paper which concluded that under certain conditions, the use of capital controls "is justified as part of the policy toolkit to manage inflows." In the past, short-term and speculative capital inflows have made it more difficult for governments to manage their most important macroeconomic policies, including monetary and exchange rate policies; and rapid outflows have contributed greatly to economic and financial crises in many countries. Video and audio from the event are available here.

January 25, 2010

Haiti: Opportunities for Economic Development

2-4 pm
United Methodist Building
100 Maryland Avenue, NE
Conference Rooms 1-4
Washington, DC 20002

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot participated in a discussion on a long-term development plan for Haiti after the January 12, 2010 earthquake.

November 5, 2009

Restoring Human Rights and Democracy in Honduras: An evening with Bertha Oliva and Jessica Sanchez at Busboys and Poets

Bertha Oliva and Jessica Sanche discussed the dramatic human rights abuses that have taken place in Honduras under the coup regime, the broad-based movement of resistance to the June 28 coup, and the implications of the tentative settlement reached on October 29.  CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot provided an introduction.

October 15, 2009

IMF-Supported Macroeconomic Policies and the World Recession: A Look at Forty-One Borrowing Countries

Recent discussions at the IMF meetings in Istanbul centered around a new expanded role for the Fund in the global economy.  In a report released on October 5th, CEPR found that 31 of 41 countries with current IMF agreements have been subjected to pro-cyclical macroeconomic policies that, during the current global recession, could be expected to have exacerbated economic slowdowns. 

September 2, 2009

En Español

CEPR and George Washington University's Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program hosted a discussion with H.E. José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, President of the Republic of Honduras. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot provided an introduction and Cynthia McClintock, Director of GW's Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program, moderated.

Two months following the coup d'etat that sent him into a forced exile, President Zelaya of Honduras discussed his attempts to negotiate peace and a return to a democratic and constitutional order in Honduras.

Watch video coverage of the event from CSPAN.

April 22, 2009

Media Briefing: The IMF's Crisis Lending: Cuts in Social Spending Demanded for Poor Countries as G8 Plans Stimulus

As the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank prepare for their Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C. April 25-26th, the IMF has been calling for a global fiscal stimulus to counteract the world recession. But its actions tell a different story: in the loans it has made since October 2008 - when the crisis saved the IMF from near-irrelevance - the conditions continue to require contractionary measures that will intensify the impact of the recession on the most vulnerable people. Deficit reduction, interest rate hikes, and cuts in government spending are common to most of the programs - precisely the opposite of what the U.S. and other industrialized countries are doing to minimize the pain.

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot joined
Peter Bujari, executive director of the Human Development Trust in Tanzania and Inga Paparde, Latvian AIDS activist and journalist. The call was moderated by Joanne Carter, executive director RESULTS Educational Fund.

A transcript is available on the RESULTS site.

April 24, 2009

Safeguarding Development and Social Protection: Challenges for a New Global Financial Architecture

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
World Bank "I" Building/Room I1-200
1850I Street, NW

The global financial crisis presents new challenges for safeguarding development and social protection, as steps taken to mend the struggling financial system – in both its regulation, institutional organization, and governance – have now been put forward at the G-20 Summit. This panel will address specifically the need for more transparent and democratic political processes to ensure that the new financial arrangements are accountable to the needs of people and not only of the financial system and its primary actors. The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung invites representatives of civil society to take the occasion of the spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank to discuss these urgent matters with Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research; Sony Kapoor, Managing Director, Re-Define (Rethinking Development, Finance & Environment); and Damon Silvers, Associate General Counsel, AFL-CIO. This event is hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung New York. To RSVP, please contact Sara Burke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

April 27, 2009

After Tech Stocks and Housing, What's the Next Bubble?

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker will be on this panel at the 2009 Annual Conference of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in Denver, from 9 - 10:15 a.m.

May 16, 2009

2009 Michigan Policy Summit

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker will be the keynote speaker at this year's Michigan Policy Summit

April 30, 2009

Dean Baker to Discuss his New Book

Sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Forum, CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker will be speaking at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Jamaica Plain (Boston) from 7 - 9 p.m. about his new book, Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy.

April 18, 2009

How to Cut the Roots of the Economic Crisis: A Discussion With Dean Baker

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker will be talking about our deepening economic crisis and what can be done to resolve it, at 2 p.m. at De Paul University Art Museum, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago IL 60614.