October 6, 2015
04:00:00 PM - 06:00:00 PM
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.
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
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.
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
Hearing on "The Disrupter Series: How the Sharing Economy Creates Jobs, Benefits Consumers, and Raises Policy Questions"
Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade
Energy and Commerce
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
UCDC, 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
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
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.
September 17, 2015
07:00:00 PM - 08:30:00 PM
Congressman John Conyers Jr.
Congressman, Michigan-13, Washington, District of Columbia
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
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 1000â€”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 hemisphereâ€”even Cubaâ€”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 societyâ€”including two Venezuelan citizensâ€”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 lifeâ€”violence, economic distress, intractable political conflictâ€”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.
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 LÃ³pez-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
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
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.
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
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.
-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 LainÃ©, IJDH Legal Intern, will analyze the dÃ©charge 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 dÃ©charge: 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
- DÃ©charge and disqualified candidates
- Question and Answer Session
This webinar is free, but registration is required. Register here.
July 18, 2015
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.
George Ciccariello-Maher, an assistant professor of political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, is the author of We Created ChÃ¡vez: 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
Kaiser Family Foundation
Barbara Jordan Conference Center
1330 G Street, NW
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
The London School of Economics and Political Science
London WC2A 2AE
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
June 25, 2015
03:00:00 PM - 04:30:00 PM
Thursday, June 25, 2015
11:00am to 12:30pm
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.
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
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 Germanyâ€”the heart of power in Europeâ€”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 euroâ€”and of the European Union itselfâ€”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.
Introduction: Albert Scharenberg, Co-Director of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftungâ€”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
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 NicolÃ¡s 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
Alexander Main, Senior Associate for International Policy, Center for Economic and Policy Research
May 29, 2015
01:45:00 PM - 03:00:00 PM
LERA Annual Meeting
The Westin Convention Center
1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum and her co-author, Rosemary Batt of Cornell University, will discussants at this session about their acclaimed book, Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street. The session will be chaired by Janice Fine of Rutgers University, and the panelists will be Vonda Brunsting of SEIU, Carrie Leana of the University of Pittsburgh, Damon Silvers of the AFL-CIO, and Stephen Hertzenberg of the Keystone Research Center.
This session is part of the 67th Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, themed "Evolving Workplace Relations: Connecting Research to Best Practices." Registration is required. For more information, see the LERA annual meeting website.
April 30, 2015
Future Shock: The Macroeconomic Effects of Racial Wealth Inequality
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
First Street and East Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC 20515
This panel, moderated by PBS's Judy Woodruff, will include CEPR's Dean Baker, Heather Boushey of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, William Emmons of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and William Spriggs of the AFL-CIO. As part of the 2015 Color or Wealth Summit, these leading economists will discuss historical and contemporary trends in wealth accumulation as well as projections to paint a picture of how the racial wealth gap is likely to affect the future of the U.S. economy.
April 23, 2015
“We’re like Uber, but for ____”: Innovation, regulation, and the sharing economy
Old North 205
McCourt School of Public Policy
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20057
From laundry services to food delivery, an increasing number of tech start-ups—such as Uber, Lyft, Washio, TaskRabbit, and Airbnb—are trying to harness the power of the “sharing economy.” CEPR's Dean Baker will be speaking at a panel discussion hosted by the Georgetown Public Policy Student Association (GPPSA) exploring policy implications of the “sharing economy,” and how policymakers can balance regulation with innovation in the 21st century. Moderated by Lydia DePillis of the Washington Post, Dean will be joined by Katherine Mereand-Sinha of the Office of the Administrator at D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and David Schleicher of the George Mason University School of Law.
Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP on Eventbrite to receive reminders before the event.
May 20, 2015
09:00:00 PM - 01:00:00 AM
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 5:00—9:00PM
Z Hotel NYC
11-01 43rd Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
Following a keynote address by CNBC contributor Susie Gharib, CEPR's Dean Baker will moderate a panel of industry experts to discuss their views on today's economic, investment, and political landscapes and how they affect the financial industry. The "2015 Investment Outlook Roundtable" is hosted by The Suit Magazine.
There is a fee to attend this conference, and registration is required. For more information, please contact Michael Gordon of The Suit Magazine at 718.606.2337 or mgordon [at] thesuitonline.org.
April 17, 2015
The Robots are coming!? Update on a joint EARN project on the Future of Work, and discussion of how EARN groups can move into that future
The Line Hotel
3515 Wilshire Blvd
Los, Angeles CA 90010
CEPR's Nicole Woo will be speaking on this panel at the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) conference. In 2014, an EARN collaborative took on the economic, demographic, and policy questions swirling around the Future of Work. This session will quickly introduce participants to the product of that work. But more important than learning about the product of the work, this session will engage in looking forward, to the future of policy and practice that will help us all engage in the future of works. Be part of the plotting for what to do with all the leisure time we’ll have when the robots take over.
April 16, 2015
The “sharing economy”: What companies like Uber and AirBnB mean for workers
The Line Hotel
3515 Wilshire Blvd
Los, Angeles CA 90010
As part of the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) conference, CEPR's Nicole Woo will moderate a workshop on the "sharing economy." Companies such as Uber, Airbnb, and TaskRabbit have risen quickly since the recession and are projected to continue to grow rapidly. As more and more individuals work in the “sharing economy” without formal employment status, what does this mean for economic inequality and labor rights? This panel will discuss the effects of this new sector on workers and local economies as well as efforts to address them.
April 9, 2015
Is The Eurozone at a Turning Point in its Recovery?
Panelists: Mark Weisbrot (Center for Economic and Policy Research), TBD
Chair: Deborah James, Center for Economic and Policy Research