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.

November 14, 2016

12:15:00 AM - 02:00:00 AM

The Columbia University Seminar on Full Employment, Social Welfare & Equity #613 and Globalization, Labor, and Popular Struggles #671

Faculty House, Columbia University (http://facultyhouse.columbia.edu/)
64 Morningside Dr, New York, NY 10027

The seminar is at 7:15 p.m. in a room that will be announced in the Faculty House lobby. Please look for a bulletin board posting. To reach Faculty House, enter the Columbia University campus via the gate on the east side of Broadway at 116th Street; go through campus and cross Amsterdam Avenue. Continue on West 116th past the Law School and turn left through the gate, turn right beyond Wein Hall on the right and go down the ramp to Faculty House.


Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research; Liz Krueger, State Senator 

Mark Weisbrot is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. and an expert on the Trans Pacific Partnership and U.S.-Latin American relations.  He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He is author of the book, Failed: What "Experts Got Wrong About the Global Economy  (Oxford University Press, 2015), co-author, with Dean Baker, of Social Security: The Phony Crisis (University of Chicago Press, 2000), and has written numerous research papers on economic policy.

He writes a regular column for The Hill, and a regular column on economic and policy issues that is distributed to over 550 newspapers by the Tribune Content Agency. His opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and almost every major U.S. newspaper, as well as in Brazil's largest newspaper, Fohla de São Paulo. He appears as a weekly guest on "The Big Picture" with Thom Hartmann, and regularly on national and local television and radio programs. He is also president of Just Foreign Policy.

Senator Krueger, has represented much of Manhattan's East Side and East Midtown neighborhoods since her 2002 special election victory, when she captured the last Republican seat in Manhattan for Democrats. Krueger is a veteran member of the Senate's Democratic Conference and serves as ranking member on the Senate's Finance Committee, which has a large role in the state budget process and substantial jurisdiction over legislation moving through the Senate.  She is a committed fighter for state government reform and a nationally recognized expert on the issues of poverty and homelessness.  Prior to her election to the Senate, Sen. Krueger was the founding Director of the Food Bank for New York City and served as the longtime Associate Director of CFRC, a New York City anti-poverty direct service provider and advocacy organization. She holds a B.A. from Northwestern University in Social Policy and Human Development and a master's degree from the University of Chicago's Harris Graduate School of Public Policy.

*OPTIONAL DINNER: Members of the seminar will gather for an optional dinner in Faculty House at 6:00. The cost of the dinner is $30 per person and is payable by check only to Columbia University. In the memo line of the check, please write "Seminar 613 and 671 Dinner".

*PLEASE RSVP to Aggie Sun by email (ms4196[at]columbia.edu) by November 11 to attend the dinner and November 14 to attend the seminar.

November 14, 2016

05:00:00 PM - 07:00:00 PM

The Institute for International Economic Policy, the Software and Information Industry Association and the Internet Society of Greater Washington D.C

The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW, Room 505, Washington, D.C.

Cross-border data flows are the life-blood of an integrated world economy.  They support manufacturing and service supply chains and enable the flow of diverse and innovative goods and services to customers all over the world. But domestic policies must allow for these flows.  In the last several years, we have seen increasing attempts to close down the flow of information across borders — through requirements for domestic location of computer facilities and explicit bans on the transfer of data into or out of countries.  While domestic policy space must be large enough to permit legitimate regulations such as privacy and consumer protection, it should also ensure that these measures are no more restrictive than necessary to accomplish these purposes. The TPP was the first trade agreement to include binding provisions regarding these flows, but it has not yet been approved by any government.  But there are additional avenues to discuss cross-border data flows. They include:

  • the Trade in Services Agreement being negotiated at the WTO

  • the WTO E-Commerce working group

  • bilateral discussions, discussions and resolutions at meetings of international economic leaders such as the G7 and the G20.  Herein we focus on what's happening at the multilateral level at the WTO.

Join us for a discussion with a panel of experts and advocates on these avenues.

Speakers will include:

  • Sam Dupont,  Director for Digital Trade, USTR

  • Michael Joseph Ferrantino, World Bank

  • Carl Schonander, Senior Director International Policy, SIIA

  • Deborah James, Director, International Programs, Center for Economic and Policy Research

Moderator: Research Professor and Cross-disciplinary Fellow Susan Aaronson,Ph.D. GWU

RSVP here.

November 14, 2016

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

Economists for Peace and Security 

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

Following one of the most unusual presidential and congressional elections in US history, a panel of senior specialists will present ideas for improving prospects for peace, and growth with fairness for all Americans. The topic of the panel, part of the Economists for Peace and Security Symposium: Policy Challenges for the New US President, is "Global Security: Russia, China, Europe and Latin America."

Chair - Richard Kaufman, Bethesda Research Institute
- Michael Lind
- Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research
- Matias Vernengo, Bucknell University
- Carl Conetta, Project on Defense Alternatives

To register please click here.

November 9, 2016

05:30:00 PM - 07:00:00 PM

Institute for Policy Studies

Institute for Policy Studies
1301 Connecticut Ave. NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20036

The election is over. Racism, xenophobia, corporate greed, climate change, inequities and inequality — too name just a few challenges — are still with us.

So how do we maintain our collective momentum and what are our next steps to positively transform our nation after the ballots are counted?

Join our informed and dynamic panel and be a participating audience member as we discuss and interact with some of these issues and the movements struggling to transform them. We need to come together and immediately begin action steps for the next four years and beyond.


Moderated by John Cavanagh, Director of IPS.

Please RSVP

October 25, 2016

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


121 Cannon House Office Building
27 Independence Ave., S.E.
Washington, D.C., 20003

International trade and migration are fundamental and interrelated components of globalization that have the potential to improve the lives of working families. For far too long, however, trade and immigration policies have prioritized corporate interests over good jobs and worker rights.

Since the implementation of the NAFTA in 1994, corporate-driven free trade agreements have undermined workers' bargaining power, disrupted rural economies, and displaced whole communities in developing countries. Millions of workers have been driven from their homes and families, often undertaking difficult journeys in search of work abroad, where their status is precarious and they are likely to face abuse, exploitation and discrimination.

Now politicians and corporations seek to repeat the failed policies of the past by implementing the TPP, a massive trade deal between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations. The TPP would repeat and expand economic rules that destabilize communities, perpetuate low wages and undermine labor rights—all of which are factors driving forced migration.

The TPP broadly fails migrant workers in three ways: (1) It would displace working people and contribute to forced migration; (2) Its labor provisions would not adequately address ongoing violations of migrants' human and labor rights; and (3) It would further empower corporate and investor interests potentially undermining efforts to win immigration reform and strong labor laws. Although the TPP puts all the downside risk on the most vulnerable, saving its strongest protections for global corporations, it doesn't have to be this way.  Different trade rules could promote commerce while advancing the working poor and building shared prosperity. 

This briefing will feature testimony from community and labor leaders, and immigration and trade policy experts. Members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public and media are invited to attend this important briefing.


  • Celeste Drake, AFL-CIO Trade and Globalization Specialist (moderator)
  • Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO
  • Alex Main, Center for Economic and Policy Research
  • Abel Núñez, Alianza Americas, CARECEN-DC

October 6, 2016

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

Institute for Policy Studies

Institute for Policy Studies
1301 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

On August 31st, the rightwing forces in Brazil impeached President Dilma Rousseff on spurious grounds thus setting back the Workers' Party's social justice programs and implementing an austerity program that will most gravely affect the working class and the largest Afro descent population outside of Nigeria. Afro-Brazilians  suffer some of the most blatantly egregious poverty, racism and discrimination in the world, including being subjected to the highest official police murder rates of Black youth (6-7 daily as recently reported by the Washington Post).

The overwhelmingly white protests backing the ouster of the President, combined with attacks by the right wing all white male Temer government that had dismantled the Special Ministry against racial discrimination, reveal the racial divide within the current political crisis.

Hear from our panelists about the lead-up to the coup and what the social justice movements in Brazil need from us. The discussion will recount how race and class in Brazil are nearly indistinguishable and the various ways the weight of reactionary policies will fall heaviest on the country's predominantly Black and low-income populations.


  • Azadeh Shahshahani is Legal and Advocacy Director with Project South and a past president of the National Lawyers Guild. In July, Shahshahani served as a juror for the International Tribunal on Democracy in Brazil.

  • Aline Cristiane Piva, is a Brazilian political analyst on media relations in Brazil and a Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. She has a post-graduate degree in International Relations from the University of Brasilia, UnB, Brazil.

  • Alex Main is Senior Associate for International Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) whose work focuses on U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean. Alex just returned from Brazil, meeting with many social movement leaders.

Please RSVP.

Co-sponsors: Institute for Policy Studies, National Lawyers Guild DC-Chapter,

September 30, 2016

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

III Encuentro Latinoamericano Progresista 2016

Mesa Redonda 9
Desafíos económicos de América Latina: la construcción de la justicia social y la equidad

Auditorio principal de la CIESPAL
Quito, Ecuador

1. Patricio Rivera, Ministro Coordinador de la Política Económica (Ecuador)

2. Ana María Larrea, Presidenta de la Comisión de Formación Política del Movimiento Alianza PAIS

3. Mark Weisbrot, Economista (Estados Unidos)

4. Pabel Muñoz, Presidente del Instituto de Pensamiento Político del Movimiento Alianza PAIS

5. Armando Uribe, Encargado de la Secretaria Exterior del Partido Socialista (Chile).

Modera: Jorge Jurado, Ex Embajador del Ecuador en Alemania.

September 27, 2016

05:00:00 PM - 06:00:00 PM

Capitol Visitors Center, Congressional Meeting Room South

Capitol Visitors Center, Congressional Meeting Room South
First St NE
Washington, DC 20515

Screening of the film "The Same Heart," which makes the economic and moral case for raising funds from financial transactions to address the pressing needs of our most vulnerable children. Following the film excerpt, there will be a panel discussion with the filmmakers Len and GeorgiaMorris, Reid Maki of the Child Labor Coalition, Karen Orenstein of Friends of the Earth and Dean Baker of the Center for Economic Policy and Research on how a very small fee on Wall Street trades could serve as an investment in our future: raising new revenue to support our communities, making financial markets work for everyone, and providing funds to not only address our domestic needs but also to tackle global crises like hunger, infectious disease, and climate change.

September 21, 2016

01:30:00 PM

The National Press Club


The National Press Club
Bloomberg Room
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will launch its 2016 Trade and Development Report (TDR), one of the UN's flagship publications on Sept. 21 at the National Press Club. Elissa Braunstein, senior economist at UNCTAD, and Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, will be speaking at the event.

Some of the issues examined in this year's TDR include:

• The slowdown in global growth and the failure, in particular, of advanced economies to fashion a balanced policy mix to boost demand, raise productivity growth and achieve fairer outcomes. But the slowdown could intensify as downside risks increase in developing countries.

• The politicisation of trade. The Report focuses on the slowdown in trade, which it sees as a demand side problem, linked to wages lagging productivity across the global economy. Increased protectionism (whether rising tariffs or non-tariff measures) does not offer an explanation for this slowdown (as, for example, the WTO has been arguing), and runs the danger of diverting attention from what does.

• The erosion of the profit-investment nexus. "Financialization" has weakened the investment climate, in particular the reinvestment of profits in productive investment. This has been the case in advanced economies for some time, where corporations have been using higher profits to pay dividends, repurchase share and invest in financial instruments. This is becoming visible in emerging economies.

• A concern that debt crises could resurface in the developing world given the combination of slower growth, falling commodity prices, highly volatile capital flows and the prospect (without predicting when) of rising interest rates.

• The revival of industrial policies, in developed and developing countries alike. The approach needs to move beyond picking winners to thinking about an integrated policy approach in support of linkage building.

For more information on this event, contact elissa.braunstein[at]unctad.org.

September 13, 2016

11:00:00 PM

The New York Society for Ethical Culture

The New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street
New York, NY

Screening of the film "The Same Heart," which makes the economic and moral case for raising funds from financial transactions to address the pressing needs of our most vulnerable children. Following the film excerpt, there will be a panel discussion with the filmmakers Len and GeorgiaMorris, Reid Maki of the Child Labor Coalition, Karen Orenstein of Friends of the Earth and Dean Baker of the Center for Economic Policy and Research on how a very small fee on Wall Street trades could serve as an investment in our future: raising new revenue to support our communities, making financial markets work for everyone, and providing funds to not only address our domestic needs but also to tackle global crises like hunger, infectious disease, and climate change.

July 20, 2016

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

Amazon Watch and the Center for Economic and Policy Research

Amazon Watch / CIEL Conference Room 
1350 Connecticut Ave. NW #1100
Washington, D.C., 20036

President Dilma Rousseff has been temporarily suspended from office and is facing a political trial in Brazil's senate promoted primarily by politicians implicated in corruption scandals. A permanent replacement of Brazilian President Rouseff by the reactionary, evangelical, rightwing government of Michel Temer would imply serious social and environmental consequences for the country and the whole region.

Members of Temer's interim government have backed complete deregulation of environmental impact studies for any infrastructure project, while a recent nominee of a military General to head Brazil's indigenous agency (FUNAI) has spurred national protest. Temer also approved new legislation to allow fumigation of pesticides without regulation, even in urban areas, among other measures to cut social investments in education, healthcare and housing.

About the Presenter:

Maria Luisa Mendonca is director of Brazil's Network for Social Justice and Human Rights. She is also a professor in the international relations department at the University of Rio de Janeiro. She was recently published in The Progressive and interviewed on Democracy Now!

June 28, 2016

01:45:00 PM - 03:15:00 PM


815 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

The rise of the WTO and other trade agreements coincided with the rise of neoliberal economics in the West. What is the relationship between the two? What does the evidence show about the impact of neoliberal trade agreements on jobs, wages, consumer demand, monopoly power, and income inequality? Is the economic modeling used by the U.S. International Trade Commission, a good predictor of outcomes from FTAs? What is the impact of neoliberal trade deals on worker bargaining power? Does Trade Adjustment Assistance adequately compensate those harmed by U.S. trade policy? Are the rules proposed in the TPP, TTIP and TISA the right ones to advance shared prosperity?

Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research

Thomas Palley, AFL-CIO

Rob Scott, Economic Policy Institute

Joseph Guzman, Michigan State University

Moderator: Thea Lee, AFL-CIO