CEPR

November 7, 2015

06:30:00 PM - 09:00:00 PM

Lonestar College Civic Engagement Conference

Hosts:
Lone Star College

Location:
LSC-University Park

Lone Star College Center for Civic Engagement in cooperation with Tarrant County Community College—Southeast and The University of Houston—Downtown invites you to their conference, Economic Inequality and Civic Engagement, to be held November 6—7, 2015 at Lone Star College—University Park.

On Saturday, November 7 from 12:30PM to 2PM CST, CEPR's Dean Baker will present the keynote "Inequality: Recent Trends and Future Prospects."

November 4, 2015

10:30:00 PM - 01:00:00 AM

Busboys & Poets Author Event - Failed: What the "Experts" Got Wrong About the Global Economy

November 4, 2015
5:30-8:00PM

Busboys & Poets (5th & K)
Cullen Room

1025 5th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

MARK WEISBROT is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C.

FAILED analyzes why important economic developments of recent years have been widely misunderstood, and in some cases almost completely ignored. First, in the Eurozone, Mark Weisbrot argues that the European authorities' political agenda played a very important role in prolonging the Eurozone's financial crisis and pushing it into years of recession and mass unemployment.

The second central theme of FAILED is that there are always practical alternatives to prolonged economic failure. Drawing on the history of other financial crises, recessions, and recoveries, Weisbrot also argues that regardless of initial conditions, there have been and remain economically feasible choices for governments of the Eurozone to greatly reduce unemployment-including the hardest hit, crisisridden country of Greece. 

The long-term economic failure of developing countries, its social consequences, as well as the subsequent recovery in the first decade of the 21st century, constitute the third part of the book's narrative. We see why the International Monetary Fund has lost influence in middle income countries. FAILED also examines the economic causes and consequences of Latin America's "second independence" and rebound in the twenty-first century, as well as the challenges that lie ahead.

Free and open for all!

October 28, 2015

04:30:00 PM - 06:00:00 PM

World Bank Group InfoShop
701 18th Street NW, Room J1-0505
Washington, D.C.

 

"Comprehensive, long overdue and a resounding success"
- Larry Elliott, Economics Editor, The Guardian


With a preface by Ha-Joon Chang, FAILED (Oxford University Press, 2015) analyzes why important economic developments of recent years have been widely misunderstood, and in some cases almost completely ignored. First, in the Eurozone, Mark Weisbrot argues that the European authorities' political agenda played a very important role in prolonging the Eurozone's financial crisis and pushing it into years of recession and mass unemployment. 
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The second central theme of FAILED is that there are always practical alternatives to prolonged economic failure. Drawing on the history of other financial crises, recessions, and recoveries, Weisbrot also argues that regardless of initial conditions, there have been and remain economically feasible choices for governments of the Eurozone to greatly reduce unemployment-including the hardest hit, crisis-ridden country of Greece.

The long-term economic failure of developing countries, its social consequences, as well as the subsequent recovery in the first decade of the 21st century, constitute the third part of the book's narrative. We see why the International Monetary Fund has lost influence in middle income countries. 

FAILED also examines the economic causes and consequences of Latin America's "second independence" and rebound in the twenty-first century, as well as the challenges that lie ahead.

RSVP to worldbankevents[at]worldbank.org

October 20, 2015

02:00:00 PM

Understanding Social Security's Long-Term Fiscal Picture

Hosts:
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Location:
SD-342, Dirksen Senate Office Building

CEPR's Dean Baker will testify at this hearing on Tuesday, October 29, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in SD-342, Dirksen Senate Office Building. The hearing is entitled "Understanding Social Security's Long-Term Fiscal Picture."

October 16, 2015

04:30:00 PM - 06:00:00 PM

"Comprehensive, long overdue and a resounding success." - The Guardian

October 16, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

United Nations Development Programme
Amartya Sen Conference Room, 10th Floor
304 East 45th Street
New York, 10017


A presentation of "Failed" by the book's author, Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a think-tank based in Washington D.C. Discussion moderated by Gail Hurley, BPPS.

In "Failed: What the 'Experts' Got Wrong about the Global Economy," Mark analyzes why some of the most important economic developments of recent years have been widely misunderstood, and in some cases almost completely ignored. The second central theme of "Failed" is that there are always practical alternatives to prolonged economic failure. The long-term economic failure of developing countries, its social consequences, as well as the subsequent recovery in the first decade of the 21st century, constitute the third part of the book's narrative.

RSVP to gail.hurley[at]undp.org.

October 14, 2015

10:30:00 PM - 11:45:00 PM

In Print with James. F. Hoge, Jr. Featuring: Mark Weisbrot

October 14, 2015
6:30—7:45 p.m.

15 Barclay Street (bet. Broadway and Church Street) 
New York, NY 
Room: 430

This series features James F. Hoge, Jr., senior advisor, Teneo Intelligence; chairman, Human Rights Watch; and CGA Advisory Board member, in conversation with leading journalists and authors. Books are available for sale following the event.

Why has the Eurozone ended up with an unemployment rate double that of the U.S. more than six years after the 2008 collapse? Why did the majority of low- and middle-income countries suffer a prolonged economic slowdown in the final decades of the 20th century? What was the role of the International Monetary Fund in these economic failures? What accounts for Latin American economic achievements in the 21st century? Failed analyzes these questions, explaining why recent economic developments have been widely misunderstood and in some cases almost completely ignored. Drawing on the history of other financial crises, recessions, and recoveries, Weisbrot argues that economically feasible choices remain for Eurozone governments to greatly reduce unemployment - including in crisis-ridden Greece. 

Because our events are offered free of charge, seats are made available until we reach capacity; after that point, we can no longer accommodate pre-registered guests.

Contact Information:
Phone: 212-992-8380
Email: scps.global.affairs[at]nyu.edu

October 14, 2015

10:30:00 PM - 11:45:00 PM

Featuring: Mark Weisbrot

Failed: What The "Experts" Got Wrong About The Global Economy
Wednesday, October 14, 6.30—7.45 p.m.

This series features James F. Hoge, Jr., senior advisor, Teneo Intelligence; chairman, Human Rights Watch; and CGA Advisory Board member, in conversation with leading journalists and authors.

Books are available for sale following the event.

Failed: What The "Experts" Got Wrong About The Global Economy

Why has the Eurozone ended up with an unemployment rate double that of the U.S. more than six years after the 2008 collapse? Why did the majority of low- and middle-income countries suffer a prolonged economic slowdown in the final decades of the 20th century? What was the role of the International Monetary Fund in these economic failures? What accounts for Latin American economic achievements in the 21st century? Failed analyzes these questions, explaining why recent economic developments have been widely misunderstood and in some cases almost completely ignored. Drawing on the history of other financial crises, recessions, and recoveries, Weisbrot argues that economically feasible choices remain for Eurozone governments to greatly reduce unemployment - including in crisis-ridden Greece. 

Because our events are offered free of charge, seats are made available until we reach capacity; after that point, we can no longer accommodate pre-registered guests.

Contact Information:
Phone: 212-992-8380
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

October 6, 2015

04:00:00 PM - 06:00:00 PM

UNCTAD Trade Development Report Launch @ The New School

Location:

Starr Foundation Hall, UL102 (lower level)
University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Event:

The New School for Social Research will host the launch of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD) Trade and Development Report 2015: Making the International Financial Architecture Work for Trade and Development. The report identifies some of the critical issues to be addressed in order to establish a more stable and inclusive international monetary and financial system which can support trade and development challenges over the coming years.

Presentations will be made by Dean Baker, Executive Director of the Center for Economic Policy Research in Washington, and Elissa Braunstein, Associate Professor at Colorado State University and a consultant with UNCTAD. William Milberg, Dean of the New School for Social Research, will provide introductory remarks.

Cost:

Free; No tickets or reservations required. Seating is first come, first served

October 1, 2015

01:30:00 PM - 03:00:00 PM

Haiti's Elections—How to Ensure a Legitimate Outcome

Hosts:

Center for Economic and Policy Research

Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

1804 Institute

Location:

Cannon House Office Building, Room 441
27 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

RSVP requested (email main [at] cepr.net)

Haiti is in the midst of an unprecedented electoral cycle, with three elections scheduled in 2015. With legislative and local elections long delayed, the entire 118-member lower house, two-thirds of the Senate, the President and all local officials will be elected this year. The United States has already contributed $25 million for the process and has pledged an additional $5 million. The first round of legislative elections took place on August 9, though election day was plagued by extremely low voter turnout, violence and other irregularities. Nearly 25 percent of votes were never counted. The next round will include presidential elections and is scheduled to take place on October 25. This panel of Haitian and U.S. experts will examine the causes of the problems of August 9 and discuss steps that must be taken to ensure that the next two rounds of elections result in legitimately-elected authorities.

Panelists:

Pierre Esperance, Executive Director, National Human Rights Defense Network (RNDDH) and national election observer

Yolette Mengual, Current Member, Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council (CEP)

Jake Johnston, Research Associate, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

September 29, 2015

02:15:00 PM

Hearing on "The Disrupter Series: How the Sharing Economy Creates Jobs, Benefits Consumers, and Raises Policy Questions"

Hosts:
Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade
Energy and Commerce

Location:
2322 Rayburn House Office Building

CEPR's Dean Baker will testify at this hearing on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at 10:15 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled "The Disrupter Series: How the Sharing Economy Creates Jobs, Benefits Consumers, and Raises Policy Questions."

September 24, 2015

10:30:00 PM - 12:00:00 AM

September 24, 2015
6:30pm -8:00pm
UCDC, 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

Register here

World Affairs Council -DC will host CEPR co-Director Mark Weisbrot in a discussion of his new book Failed: What the Experts Got Wrong About the Global Economy (Oxford University Press), available October 1st.

 

"Comprehensive, long overdue and a resounding success" - The Guardian

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Why did the Eurozone end up with an unemployment rate more than twice that of the United States, more than six years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers? Why did the vast majority of low-and-middle-income countries suffer a prolonged economic slowdown in the last two decades of the 20th century? What was the role of the International Monetary Fund in these economic failures? Why was Latin America able to achieve substantial poverty reduction in the 21st century after more than two decades without any progress?

Failed analyzes and ties together some of the most important economic developments of recent years, with the common theme that they have been widely misunderstood and in some cases almost completely ignored.

A wine and cheese reception will follow the program. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

Register here

September 17, 2015

07:00:00 PM - 08:30:00 PM

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference 2015

Honorary Host(s):
Congressman John Conyers Jr.
Congressman, Michigan-13, Washington, District of Columbia

Location:
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room 143A

While the reported jobless rate in America is now well under 6%, the real jobless rate is nearly 13% when we take into account those who have become too discouraged to continue looking for work and people unable to find full-time work. The rate is upwards of 25% in some communities of color. This session will focus on the need for national full employment legislation, a higher minimum wage, and innovative new strategies to promote locally-driven job creation; and address the systemic challenges of stagnant wages, declining benefits, and unsatisfactory opportunities for long-term advancement. The panel will highlight the promise of Congressman Conyers' HR 1000—the 21st Humphrey-Hawkins Century Full Employment and Training Act, as well as innovative best practices from around the nation in promoting job creation through community wealth-building, employee ownership, and other strategies for inclusive growth.

September 3, 2015

04:00:00 AM - 07:00:00 PM

September 3, 2015
4:00 - 7:00PM

SRH 1.208, University of Texas, Austin
2300 Red River Street D0800
Austin, TX 78712

Since the end of the Cold War, no government in the hemisphere—even Cuba—has been the focus of such persistent tensions with the US, and such divergent explanations for commonly observed events and conditions. The extreme political polarization of Venezuelan society echoes and reinforces these perplexing divergences. This Foro Urgente will feature the analysis of six recognized experts on Venezuelan politics, economics, and society—including two Venezuelan citizens—followed by direct engagement with one another over key differences in fact and interpretation. Three questions will guide this lively educational dialogue: 1) what are the root explanations for the stark deterioration of social life—violence, economic distress, intractable political conflict—in Venezuela today? 2) how should we understand the US role in this social suffering, and how might the US best contribute to its alleviation? 3) even amid chronic polarization, are there constructive principles on which most Venezuelans might agree as a basis for exploring resolutions to this multifaceted crisis?

This forum will be free and open to the public. 

Panelists:

Javier Corrales, Dwight W. Morrow 1895 Professor of Political Science at Amherst College

Miriam Kornblith, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C.

Margarita López-Maya, Titular Professor at the Center for Development Studies (CENDES) at the Central University of Venezuela 

David Smilde, Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Social Relations, Department of Sociology at Tulane University

Cristobal Valencia, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico

Mark Wiesbrot, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C

August 30, 2015

03:00:00 PM - 08:00:00 PM

August 30, 2015
11:00AM-4:00PM

Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center 

American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

The Society for Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs presents:

A daylong conference featuring three panels of authors and activists to discuss the intersection of the ongoing war on drugs, U.S. foreign policy, the criminalization of drug use, and mass incarceration in the United States.

Featuring panelists:

David Victorson: author of memoir 37 Tons, former drug smuggler and prison reform activist
Dawn Paley: journalist and author of Drug War Capitalism
Nick Schou: journalist at OC Weekly and author of Killing the Messenger, Orange Sunshine and The Weed Runners
Walker Grooms: National Grassroots Organizer, Witness for Peace
Michael Collins: Policy Manager, Drug Policy Alliance
Alex Main: Senior Associate, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Arturo Viscarra: Advocacy Coordinator, School of the Americas Watch
Sanho Tree: Director of Drug Policy Project, Institute for Policy Studies
Douglas Husak: author of Drugs and Rights and Legalize This! The Case for Decriminalizing Drugs, professor of philosophy at Rutgers University
Dan Riffle: Director, Federal Policies at Marijuana Policy Project
Brenden Beck: Co-founder of Milk Not Prisons and independent writer
Betty Aldworth: Executive Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy


RSVP Here

July 21, 2015

12:00:00 AM - 01:30:00 AM

A free webinar sponsored by the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH).


About This Conference:


The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux and IJDH work to protect the right of Haitians to select their government through fair elections. A key aspect of that work is ensuring that the international community has credible information about Haiti's political situation. Join this web conference to learn more about the key issues currently being discussed in Haitian and international media. Afterwards, we look forward to answering your questions.

Presenters:
-Jake Johnston, Research Associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, will provide background on elections in Haiti.

-Jacqueline Charles, Caribbean Correspondent of Miami Herald, will provide updates and discuss the challenges she faces in reporting on elections.

-Wesley Lainé, IJDH Legal Intern, will analyze the décharge issue which has disqualified a few candidates. This will include the controversial disqualification of Jacky Lumarque, former coordinator of a presidential commission on education.

Here's some background info on décharge: http://haitielection2015.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-cep-and-elections-in-haiti-decharge.html

The agenda for this web conference:

  • Background on Haiti's elections
  • Updates and challenges reporting on elections
  • Décharge and disqualified candidates
  • Question and Answer Session

This webinar is free, but registration is required. Register here.

July 18, 2015

07:00:00 PM

Saturday, July 18th
3:00 PM

Bolivarian Hall
2445 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008


It can be argued that the Greek people's rejection of neoliberal policies in a referendum last week would not have occurred had the road not been paved by a wave of progressive governments in Latin America. Their refusal to follow the Washington Consensus became a crucial alternative to neoliberal hegemony, providing a model for resistance worldwide.  

The electoral victory of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela initiated a wave of political programs that questioned the inevitability of structural adjustment, broke down barriers that promoted high levels of social exclusion, and redefined democracy in terms of increased political participation and a new constitutionalism. Other governments followed soon after: Lula's Worker's Party won in Brazil, Bolivia and Ecuador underwent significant transformations that included the drafting of new Constitutions, and leaders in countries like Argentina, Chile, Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Paraguay embarked on fulfilling progressive agendas. 

Join us to analyze the importance of these governments in the struggle to create an alternative to neoliberalism.

Guests speakers: 

George Ciccariello-Maher
, an assistant professor of political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, is the author of We Created Chávez: A People's History of the Venezuelan Revolution.

Mark Weisbrot
, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, in Washington, DC and author of the forthcoming book Failed: What the 'Experts' Got Wrong about the Global Economy.

This event is co-sponsored by the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Democratic Socialists of America. 

July 8, 2015

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

July 8, 2015

12:30PM—1:30PM

Kaiser Family Foundation
Barbara Jordan Conference Center
1330 G Street, NW
Washington, DC


CEPR's Nicole Woo will be a panelist at the National Academy of Social Insurance's Demystifying Social Security: 2015 Summer Academy. Her panel, "Unfiltered: Two Visions for Social Security's Future" will be at 12:30PM. The event is free, but registration is required.

July 2, 2015

03:00:00 PM - 04:30:00 PM

July 2, 2015
4:00PM—5:30PM

The London School of Economics and Political Science
Clement House
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Panel on "Private Equity at Work - When Wall Street Manages Main Street" at the SASE 27th Annual Conference "Inequality in the 21st Century" in London, United Kingdom. There is a fee to attend and registration is required.

Featured Panels & Speakers

Session Organizer: Glenn Morgan, Cardiff University
Moderator: David Marsden, London School of Economics
Book Authors: Eileen Appelbaum, Center for Economic and Policy Research and Rosemary Batt, Cornell University
Critics: Julie Froud, University of Manchester , Marco Hauptmeier, Cardiff University and Geoffrey Wood, Warwick University

June 25, 2015

03:00:00 PM - 04:30:00 PM

Thursday, June 25, 2015
11:00am to 12:30pm
 
Temple University
Morgan Hall North, Room N-254
1601 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
 
This event takes place at the U.S. Social Forum in Philadelphia. For more information and to register for the forum, click here. Please note that registration is required to attend. 
 
Presented by the authors of two chapters in the forthcoming book from Verso, "The WikiLeaks Files," this workshop will examine U.S. efforts to influence and sometimes undermine governments in Latin America and the Caribbean in order to achieve key U.S. policy objectives. State Department cables made available by WikiLeaks reveal various efforts at subversion in the Western Hemisphere. The cables show that over the past 15 years, undermining the government of Venezuela internally, and isolating it regionally, have been key priorities for the U.S. government in the hemisphere. The U.S. has failed in both of these objectives, as Venezuela continues to be governed by a left-wing government, and rather than isolating Venezuela, the U.S. has instead isolated itself in the region. 
 
Speakers:
 
Dan Beeton, International Communications Director, the Center for Economic and Policy Research
 
Alex Main, Senior Associate for International Policy, the Center for Economic and Policy Research

June 15, 2015

10:30:00 PM - 12:00:00 AM

June 15, 2015
6:30-8:00 PM

Institute for Policy Studies
1112 16th St NW #600
Washington, DC 20036


Co-Sponsored by: The Center for Economic and Policy Research, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office, and the Institute for Policy Studies


Please note that this event has reached capacity. 

Europe is experiencing a profound political upheaval. Years of austerity and economic stagnation have sparked a wave of discontent that has led to the rise of progressive parties across the continent. These new formations share an opposition to the draconian public sector cuts and labor market reforms currently being imposed by European authorities and the International Monetary Fund.

In January, Greece's SYRIZA stunned the world with a resounding electoral victory. Over the past year in Spain, PODEMOS has risen in the polls and is now set to break apart four decades of two-party dominance in upcoming national elections. In Germany—the heart of power in Europe—DIE LINKE has consolidated itself as the country's third electoral force, behind the two traditional powers now governing in coalition.

With the Greek debt negotiation rapidly approaching its next, and potentially final, deadline, the future of the euro—and of the European Union itself—is at stake.

Join high-level representatives from Greece's SYRIZA, Spain's PODEMOS, and Germany's DIE LINKE to discuss the impact of austerity and the alternative policy agendas of these parties, and of similar movements throughout the EU. Other issues of mutual concern to progressives on both sides of the Atlantic will also be addressed, including the secretive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
 
Light refreshments will be provided. 


FEATURED SPEAKERS:

Introduction: Albert Scharenberg, Co-Director of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office

Yiannis Bournous
is a Member of the Political Secretariat of SYRIZA and its Head Responsible for International Affairs.

Pablo Bustinduy
is the Secretary for International Relations of the Citizens' Council of PODEMOS.

Caren Lay
is a Member of Parliament of DIE LINKE and its Deputy Chair in the German Bundestag.

Moderator: Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research

May 30, 2015

03:00:00 PM - 03:50:00 PM

Left Forum
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York
524 West 59th st, New York, NY 10019

A mixed picture for the Latin American radical left has emerged over the last two years. On the one hand, leftist and moderate leftist governments have won presidential elections in Ecuador, Bolivia, El Salvador and Brazil, while right-wing presidential candidates with strong possibilities of success were defeated in Chile, Panama and Colombia. On the other hand, some left-leaning governments have faced increasing economic difficulties which have contributed to weaker results in recent elections. In Venezuela the government of Nicolás Maduro has been subject to an all-out destabilization campaign and will now face a congressional election that the opposition wants to characterize as a plebiscite. In addition, the sharp decline in international hydrocarbon prices has negatively affected the economies of Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador. In Venezuela and elsewhere the role of the market in nations committed to socialism has become a major issue of debate, as is currently the case in Cuba. The presentations on this panel will look at the challenges facing the Latin radical left as well as factors that favor the political survival of those governments, such as the emergence of UNASUR, MERCOSUR, CELAC, ALBA and other international bodies free of U.S. domination. Finally, it will look at the role of the United States in efforts to counter the radical left in the region.

This panel is taking place as part of Left Forum. For tickets and more information on the forum, click here

Steve Ellner Chair, Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela
Dan La Botz, Co-editor of New Politics
Linda Farthing
Alexander Main, Senior Associate for International Policy, Center for Economic and Policy Research