October 6, 2017

9:15 AM - 10:45 AM


Center for Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas


Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 12th floor
120 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

As part of Georgetown's The Future of NAFTA and North American Economic Integration conference, CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot participated in a panel titled "The Balance of NAFTA."

Other panelists include:

Rufus Yerxa, President, National Foreign Trade Council
Laura Dawson, Director, Canada Institute - Wilson Center
Gerardo Esquivel, Professor, El Colegio de Mexico
Simon Lester, Trade Policy Analyst, Cato Institute

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October 5, 2017

2:15-3:15 PM

Northwestern Memorial Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Businesses grow and prosper by retaining and reinvesting in the productive capabilities of workers who can transform ideas into innovative goods and services. These workers act collectively and learn cumulatively; they effectively form the middle tiers of innovative business. This conversation addressed the roles for business enterprises, civil society organizations, government agencies, and labor unions in restoring the middle.

Participants included:

  • Eileen Appelbaum, CEPR Senior Economist, author of "What's Behind the Increase in Inequality?"

  • Paul A. Dillon, Veterans Advocate

  • Stephen Herzenberg, Keystone Policy Center

  • Christopher Mackin, Ownership Associates, Inc.

  • Mark Pearson, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

Facilitator: Stephen Mitchell, Sullivan Community College and Member of the Board, Institute for Work and the Economy.

September 21, 2017

3:00-5:00 PM

Temple University

Kiva Auditorium
Ritter Annex and Columbia Park
1370 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Dr. Eileen Appelbaum, senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and award-winning author and economic policy analyst, will discuss her paper "What's Behind the Increase in Inequality?" at Temple University's Kiva Auditorium. For more information, visit the university's calendar of events.

September 21, 2017

07:30:00 PM

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

CEPR's Dean Baker spoke on a panel "Jobs Now: How King's Full Employment Vision Can Defeat Trumpism" at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference. This event was at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. For more information about the conference, please visit the conference website.

Four decades ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote that "our demonstration [is] a campaign for jobs and income because we feel that the economic question is the most crucial that black people, and poor people generally, are confronting." Polling has repeatedly affirmed that African-Americans see the lack of equal employment opportunities as the single most important issue facing the community, with black unemployment rates consistently double the rates for whites. This panel will examine strategies for developing a movement for a full employment society that will address disparities in employment and ensure that every person, regardless of their race or ethnicity, can find a family-sustaining job.

September 14, 2017

6:30 PM

El codirector del centro de investigación de Economía y políticas públicas en Washington D. C., Mark Weisbrot, pronunciará el próximo jueves 14 de septiembre una conferencia en el marco de la celebración de los 30 años de Barcelona Activa. La charla -que comenzará a las 18.30- lleva por título La quiebra de los expertos y se presenta en forma de diálogo con la socióloga y ex concejal de Barcelona Marina Subirats.

Weisbrot ha destacado por sus reflexiones sobre los efectos de lo que él llama "el asalto neoliberal", es decir, un conjunto de políticas públicas desarrolladas por el Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI) o el Banco Central Europeo (BCE), que han llevado a la miseria a millones de personas.

El ciclo de conferencias Reflexiones para una nueva política económica local tiene por objeto dialogar sobre las transformaciones sociales que han impactado en la economía, el mundo del trabajo y la ciudadanía en las últimas tres décadas. El encargado de inaugurarlo fue Guy Standing, creador del concepto de la nueva clase social del precariado y defensor de la necesidad de garantizar una renta básica universal.

La conferencia tendrá lugar en la sala Emprèn del Centro para la Iniciativa Emprendedora de Glòries a las 18.30. Para asistir, es necesario inscripción previa por correo electrónico a cicle30anys[at]barcelonactiva.cat o por teléfono al 934 019 633.

July 18, 2017

04:00:00 PM - 05:30:00 PM

Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

640 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Room C228
Washington, D.C. 20001

Join us for a luncheon discussion of a groundbreaking report from the American Federation of Teachers. The Big Squeeze reveals that workers stand to gain billions if pensions funds slash fees paid to Wall Street fund managers who invest in risky assets like hedge funds and private equity. The report quantifies the massive wealth transfer from workers to Wall Street that has endangered Americans' retirement security and crushed state budgets — and proposes steps that unions, pension funds, and legislators can take to reverse the trend.


Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers.
Eileen Appelbaum, Senior Economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
Elizabeth Parisian, Assistant Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives at AFT.
Maurice BP-Weeks, Co-Director of the Action Center on Race and the Economy.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite.

June 29, 2017

02:00:00 PM - 03:00:00 PM

Representative Marcy Kaptur

2168 Rayburn House Office Building
50 Independence Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20024

Nearly a quarter century has passed since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was initially negotiated.  Its proponents promised it would lead to job creation and increased living standards for workers in all three countries. Yet, some of the most adversely impacted communities are small farmers. Rural flight and increased food insecurities have resulted, as industrial agriculture has taken over production chains often leading to increased migration as local economies falter.

With the Administration's recent notice to Congress of its intent to renegotiate NAFTA, we see an opportunity. Renegotiating NAFTA offers the possibility to address food insecurity, remedy the incentive that drives rural dislocation, and fix other problems in the agriculture sector caused by NAFTA.

Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

Laura Carlsen, Director of Americas Program at Center for International Policy

Karen Hansen-Kuhn, Director, Trade and Global Governance at Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Abel Nunez, Executive Director of CARECEN, Latino Resource and Justice Center America

Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of Center for Economic & Policy Research

Patrick Woodall, Research Director/Senior Policy Advocate at Food & Water Watch

Each panelist will deliver brief remarks, which will be followed by an open discussion, Q&A period.

You can watch the event here.

June 26, 2017

10:00 AM

Sede Rectorado Centro
Juncal 1319 – CABA

Organizan: Instituto del Mundo del Trabajo Julio Godio y Maestría en Relaciones Comerciales Internacionales

10:00 hs. Las perspectivas políticas sobre la XI Ministerial de la OMC

Félix Peña - Director del Instituto de Comercio Internacional de la Fundación ICBC. Director de la Maestría en Relaciones Comerciales Internacionales UNTREF

Axel Kicillof - Presidente de la Comisión de Economía de la Cámara de Diputados de la Nación. Ex ministro de Economía de la Nación

Deborah James - Directora de Programas Internacionales del Centro de Investigaciones Económicas y Políticas en Washington DC. OWINFS

Modera: Sofía Scasserra - UNI Américas. IMT UNTREF

June 25, 2017

09:00:00 PM - 10:30:00 PM

Honduras Solidarity Network and Alliance For Global Justice

Free webinar (register here). You can view the webinar here.

8 years after the military coup and just over one year after the assassination of indigenous leader Berta Caceres. Join the Honduras Solidarity Network on June 25th at 5pm Eastern Time for a webinar to mark the 8th anniversary of the 2009 coup in Honduras. Learn about the ongoing role of the US and Canada in perpetuating the coup and the deepening dictatorship. Let's talk about solidarity and action to stop US military aid, and support the Honduran people's fight against repression and the destruction of their land, territories and rights.


Karen Spring
, Coordinator for the HSN in Honduras with an update from Honduras.

Dan Beeton
of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) on current US policy and intervention in Honduras

Grahame Russell
of Rights Action on how Canada and Canadian corporations are part of the problem in Honduras.

And a discussion on how to participate in the Action Campaign June 25-30 for the 8th anniversary of the June 28, 2009 coup and the campaign for justice for Berta Caceres.

May 21, 2017

11:30:00 PM - 01:00:00 AM

Trade Justice Alliance

Webinar, RSVP here

Have you heard of TiSA? The Trade in Services Agreement or TiSA, is the largest multilateral trade deal ever negotiated, and currently includes 50 countries. TiSA would set the rules for "services"  that the text defines so broadly as to encompass almost all areas of our lives. TiSA would apply to approximately 80 percent of the global economy, yet the massive, corporate-designed agreement has been negotiated completely behind closed doors, without public input. Without WikiLeaks, we would know very little.*

TiSA would inhibit regulation of the very banks that brought down the global economy, destroy online privacy and data protection, and would legally codify global privatization of the commons, including of access to clean water, public education, and quality health care. TiSA would entrench neoliberal dirty energy projects like fracking and tar sands development at the expense of renewables like solar and wind power.

Despite President Trump's proclaimed opposition to the TPP, and his checkered messaging around NAFTA, he has yet to say one word about TiSA, which has further-reaching implications. TiSA is now the biggest "free trade" deal we've never heard about, which is why Trade Justice Alliance is hosting two prestigious speakers on the topic:

Sanya Reid Smith, Legal Advisor and Senior Researcher, Third World Network,

Deborah James, Director of International Programs at the Center for Economic and Policy Research

About Sanya Reid Smith

Sanya Reid Smith is a Legal Advisor and Senior Researcher at the Third World Network, an international coalition specializing in development issues and North-South affairs. Sanya travels the world in tireless advocacy for poor people in developing nations, on topics including access to medicines, womens' rights and environmental sustainability.

About Deborah James

Deborah James is Director of International Programs at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. She has over fifteen years of expertise working on issues of trade and democratic global governance. At CEPR, her work focuses on the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, and US policy towards Latin America. Prior to CEPR, she was the Director of the WTO Program of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, where she worked to inform civil society and governments worldwide about the potential impacts of the WTO's proposed Doha Round expansion.

She was also the Global Economy Director of Global Exchange, where she did similar work around the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas. She has written numerous articles and makes regular media appearances in English and Spanish on these issues, and has appeared on CNN en Español, Voice of America, CNN International, and the O'Reilly Factor, among other news outlets. She graduated cum laude in Psychology and Women's Studies from the University of California at San Diego, and holds a Masters in International Policy and Planning from the commerce George Washington University.

April 18, 2017

11:00:00 PM

The Baffler

The National Union Building
918 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C.

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On Tax Day 2017, a panel of Baffler contributors will discuss various issues of concern in the Trump era. Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, will explain how the phony policy dictates of austerity economics have demolished the foundations of middle-class prosperity. Contributing editor Barbara Ehrenreich will revisit the dismaying delusions—right, left, and in between—that have made a Trump presidency possible. Online columnist Hussein Ibish will survey the challenges ahead in the Muslim-American community. And Baffler writer Rafia Zakaria will explore the many derangements of white ethno-nationalism in the Bannon age.

April 10, 2017

11:00:00 PM

School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
504 E. Armory Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's School of Labor and Employment Relations will host Dr. Eileen Appelbaum as featured speaker for the 2017 Milton Derber Lecture.

Appelbaum's talk, "Domestic Outsourcing, Rent Seeking, and Increasing Inequality," will address the increase in domestic outsourcing and the rise in networked forms of production as an important mechanism linking increasing rents and the rising earnings inequality among workers with similar skills. Production networks have become more prominent over the past three-and-a-half decades as firms have reorganized production processes to focus on maximizing shareholder value. This has multiplied the contractual relationships among producers and suppliers, conferring on them legal claims to the profit and rents produced by the network that reflect interfirm power relations. Firms with the greatest clout are able to claim the largest share of the rents and may share them with employees. The weakest organizations in a production network struggle to remain viable, and the wages of their workers take the largest hit.

The Annual Milton Derber Lecture was instituted in 1990 to honor Professor Emeritus Milton Derber and serve as a focal point for the intellectual enrichment for the school, its faculty and its students, as well as for the university community. Nationally known experts in a variety of employment relations subject areas are featured in this event, which is open to the public.

March 30, 2017

08:00:00 PM - 10:00:00 PM

Washtenaw Community College Political Science Club

Washtenaw Community College
Morris Lawrence Building, Room 150
4800 E Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

The Washtenaw Community College Political Science Club will hold a discussion on Dean's new book, Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer.

March 20, 2017

06:00:00 PM

2237 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

Congressman John Conyers Jr., Co-Chair of the Congressional Full Employment Caucus, invites you to a briefing with leading economic experts to discuss how progressive advocates for jobs and wages should approach the issue during the Trump administration. Experts will review the basics of full employment, how it is achieved, why it is important for wage growth, benefits, unionization rates, and society at large.  They will review the Federal Reserve System's legal requirement to seek "maximum employment" as well as fiscal policies that can ensure full employment. Other topics will include:  addressing the racial gap in unemployment rates and wages, proven strategies to increase our manufacturing sector, and much more. There will be a question and answer period following the discussion.


  • Heather Boushey, Executive Director of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and top economic advisor to Hillary Clinton

  • Hilary Shelton, Director, NAACP Washington Bureau

  • William Spriggs, Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO

  • Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research

  • Elise Gould, Senior Economist at the Economic Policy Institute

  • Josh Bivens, Director of Research at the Economic Policy Institute

February 24, 2017

06:00:00 PM - 07:20:00 PM

Eastern Economic Association

Sheraton Hotel at Times Square,
New York City. Feb. 23-26

Friday, February 24, 1:00-2:20

[D4] Roundtable on The Future of Neoliberalism (JEL Code B)

Session Chair: Esteban Pérez-Caldentey, ECLAC Chile

Session Organizers: Matías Vernengo, Bucknell University; Esteban Pérez-Caldentey, ECLAC Chile

Roundtable Panelists

  • Robert Blecker, American University

  • Orsola Costantini, INET

  • Matías Vernengo, Bucknell University

  • Kim Phillips-Fein, New York University

  • Mark Weisbrot, CEPR

February 16, 2017

07:00:00 PM

Hart Senate Office Building Room 216
Washington, DC 20002

February 16, 2017 is the day millionaires stop paying into Social Security for the rest of the year. If the wealthy pay at the same rate as everyone else, we can expand benefits.

Join Social Security Works, Latinos for a Secure Retirement, the Center for American Progress, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the Alliance for Retired Americans, The Arc of the U.S., National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and Social Security champions from the Senate and House to demand millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share into Social Security.

January 16, 2017

11:30:00 PM - 01:30:00 AM

Busboys and Poets - 5th & K
1025 5th St. NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001 

There has been an enormous upward redistribution of income in the United States in the last four decades. In his most recent book, Dean Baker shows that this upward redistribution was not the result of globalization and the natural workings of the market. Rather, it was the result of conscious policies that were designed to put downward pressure on the wages of ordinary workers while protecting and enhancing the incomes of those at the top. Join us at Busboys & Poets for an informative talk by the author as Baker explains how rules on trade, patents, copyrights, corporate governance, and macroeconomic policy were rigged to make income flow upward.

For more information, visit Busboys and Poets' events page.

January 12, 2017

02:30:00 PM - 04:00:00 PM

Jubilee USA, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the FACT Coalition, Latindadd, Red de Justicia Fiscal de América Latina y el Caribe, Public Citizen, and the Center of Concern

Public Citizen
1600 20th St NW,
Washington, DC 20009

As Ecuador takes over the presidency of the G77 + China group of 134 developing nations, its Foreign Affairs Minister has said that the country plans to make finance for development and tax justice the core of its presidency. The South American nation has put these issues on the agenda at the UN General Assembly, in the G77 + China group and at the Non-Aligned Movement summit. The day before Ecuador takes over the G77 at an official ceremony in New York, Ecuador's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guillaume Long, will discuss tax avoidance, tax havens, and development at a special event in Washington DC. The Minister will also discuss the next steps of establishing a United Nations global tax body.

With contributions from:

  • Elise Bean, Former Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
  • Eric LeCompte, Jubilee USA 
  • Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research
  • Aldo Caliari, Center of Concern
  • Clarke Gascoigne, FACT Coalition

November 17, 2016

11:00:00 PM - 12:30:00 AM


University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Studies - Latin America Studies

University of Arizona
ENR2 Building, Room #S225
Tucson, Arizona, 85721

The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Studies will launch its new Brazil Studies Program with a roundtable discussion of Brazil's political past, present, and future.


  • Arthur Ituassu, professor of political communication, PUC-Rio

  • Elizabeth Leeds, founder and director, Brazilian Forum for Public Safety

  • Alexander Main, senior associate for international policy, Center for Economic and Policy Research

To livestream the discussion please follow this link and sign-in as guest or registered user: https://arizona.adobeconnect.com/bpc

November 17, 2016

01:30:00 PM

The Century Foundation's Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative, Economic Policy Institute

The Westin Washington D.C.
1400 M Street NW,
Washington, D.C., 20005

The 45th president of the United States, regardless of who wins the election, is expected to pursue corporate tax reform in their first one hundred days. But this alone won't be enough to tackle the nation's biggest economic challenges including crumbling infrastructure, crippling student debt, stubbornly high income inequality and climate change.

On November 17, find out what a genuinely comprehensive tax reform and progressive fiscal policy could look like in the next White House from leading experts and policy-makers including Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and House Ways and Means Ranking Democratic leader, Rep. Sandy Levin (D-MI).

Expert speakers will include:

  • Frank Ackerman, Synapse Energy Economics Incorporated

  • Reuven Avi-Yonah, University of Michigan Law

  • Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research

  • Josh Bivens, Economic Policy Institute

  • David Borris, Main Street Alliance

  • Matthew Gardner, The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy

  • Jane Gravelle, Congressional Research Service

  • Thomas Hungerford, Social Security Administration

  • Jeff Madrick, Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative at TCF

  • Kathleen Romig, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities

  • Jay Shambaugh, former member of Council of Economic Advisors, George Washington University Institute for International Economic Policy

  • Eric Toder, Tax Policy Center

November 16, 2016

11:30:00 PM - 01:30:00 AM

Part 1: Free Trade 2.0?

The Urban Democracy Lab at New York University, the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA)

Jerry H. Labowitz Center for the Performing Arts
1 Washington Place
New York, NY, 10003

Few areas more sharply define the difference between right and left in Latin America than trade policy. Where leftist governments fought fiercely over the last 15 years to slow and reverse years of unfavorable free trade agreements promoted by the U.S., the region's right seems just as committed to rekindling that agenda by signing on to massive deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership.  Will they succeed? And what are the likely effects — for capital, for labor, for social movements, and for populations at large? This panel brings contributors from NACLA's Report on the Americas magazine fall issue together with activists on the front lines of social movement struggles to promote trade policy that is fair, and just.

  • Ana Romero Cano (Executive Director, Red Peruana por una Globalizacion con Equidad)

  • Sarah Stephens (Executive Director, Center for Democracy in the Americas)

  • Alejandro Villasmil (Convergencia #MexicoMejorSinTPP)

  • David Rosnick (Center for Economic and Policy Research)

  • Tom Kruse (North American Congress on Latin America), moderator

More information on the event can be found here, or RSVP here.