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
April 9, 2015
Inequality in American Society – Should We Blame the Market?
Chapman Hall Lecture Hall
University of Tulsa
2830 E 5th Street
Tulsa, OK 74104
The University of Tulsa will host economist Dean Baker for the Lectureship in Politics and Law on Thursday, April 9th, at 7:00 p.m. Dean Baker is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be delivered in the Chapman Hall Lecture Hall at 2830 E. 5th Street. The topic of Dean Baker’s talk is “Inequality in American Society – Should We Blame the Market?”
For more information about the event call 918-631-2338. This event is sponsored by the Social Science Interest Group, the Departments of Political Science and Economics, and the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences (all with the University of Tulsa.)
May 5, 2015
Tuesday, May 5, 6:15PM
Jerome Greene Annex
Columbia Law School
410 West 117th Street
New York, NY 10027
Moderator: Rohan Grey, President, Modern Money Network
Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School and Director, Edmond J. Sraffa Center for Ethics, Harvard University
Alan Aja, Assistant Professor of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, Brooklyn College
Michael Menser, President, Participatory Budgeting Project and Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, Brooklyn College
This seminar will explore various initiatives aimed at decentralizing the levers of public finance, and increasing the level of citizen and community participation in government budgetary decisions. Questions to be addressed include:
• How can public finance be harnessed to address issues such as political corruption, copyright overexpansion and structural racial wealth inequality?
• What are the benefits and drawbacks of promoting citizen-level investment through conditional cash-transfer programs?
• What are the capacities and limits of participatory budgeting practices?
A livestream of the seminar will be available on the day, and a HD link will be placed here after the event.
For more information and to register, see The Modern Money Network.
April 3, 2015
On April 10 President Obama is expected to join his Latin American and Caribbean counterparts at the seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama City. Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba and allow its socialist government to participate in the Summit for the first time has led to predictions that the U.S. president will be warmly received by the region's leaders. But, while the White House policy shift on Cuba has undoubtedly removed one stumbling block for U.S. relations with its southern neighbors, new points of contention have emerged and old sources of tension persist. Will Obama, in the short time he has left in office, succeed in steering the U.S. foreign policy machine in a more constructive direction, or will relations between the U.S. and Latin America continue to grow more distant?
This event is free and open to the public.
March 27, 2015
4:30 - 5:30 PM
Resolved: Capitalism is Good for the Soul
Linsley Chittenden Hall 101
63 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511
At this debate sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) and the Yale Federalist Party, CEPR's Dean Baker will argue in the negative of the resolution, "Capitalism is Good for the Soul". His opponent, arguing in the affirmative, will be Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner and AEI. For more information, please contact ISI.
March 30, 2015
Against the Odds: Older Worker Reemployment in Today's Economy
555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001
CEPR's Dean Baker will be a panelist at this AARP Public Policy Institute Issues Forum, which will include the release a new AARP report on the results of a survey of the experiences of nearly 2,500 workers ages 45 to 70 who faced unemployment in the past five years. Moderated by Steven Greenhouse, formerly of the New York Times, Dean and his fellow panelists, Katharine Abraham of the University of Maryland and Ofer Sharone of the MIT Sloan School of Management, will discuss how best to deal with the problems facing the unemployed and how to better prepare for the next economic downturn.
Click Here to Register. Continental breakfast and beverages will be available beginning at 9:00 a.m. For more information, see AARP's Future of [email protected]+ Initiative.
March 30, 2015
Don't Blame the Robots: Assessing the Job Polarization Explanation of Growing Wage Inequality
3rd Floor Conference Room
Gordon Hall, UMass Amherst
418 N. Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002
The Political Economy Research Institute and Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are co-hosting an Economic Theory Workshop featuring CEPR's John Schmitt. He'll be presenting the report that he co-authored with EPI's Lawrence Mishel and Heidi Shierholz, Don't Blame the Robots: Assessing the Job Polarization Explanation of Growing Wage Inequality.
March 26, 2015
11:10 AM–12:35 PM
The Recession of Economic Collapse: The Bush Administration and Over-Valued Dollar
100 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
CEPR's Dean Baker will present an address on economic policy as part of Hofstra University's Conference on the George W. Bush Presidency. Hofstra has a long and distinguished tradition of hosting conferences on the administrations of all the Presidents of the United States who have served during the University's lifetime, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt forward. Dean will be introduced by Professor Martin Melonian of the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.