CEPR

August 21, 2014

2:30-4:00PM
Opposing the rules of banks and finance globally / how did finance come to rule the world, and what can we do about it?

European Summer University for Social Movements
Université Paris VII-Diderot 
16 rue Marguerite Duras 
75013 Paris

CEPR's Domestic Policy Director Nicole Woo will speak on a panel addressing the growth of global finance.

September 18, 2014

6:30-8:00PM
Economist Ha-Joon Chang signs/discusses “Economics: The User’s Guide”

Busboys and Poets (5th & K)
1025 5th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Author, economist, and CEPR associate Ha-Joon Chang will appear at Busboys & Poets for a book signing and discussion of his new book Economics: The User's Guide. He will be joined by CEPR co-Director Mark Weisbrot.

August 6, 2014

1:00-4:00 PM
Mayor's Task Force on Paid Sick Leave - Public Hearing

Community College of Philadelphia
1700 Spring Garden Street
Center for Business and Industry Building
Room C2-5
Philadelphia, PA 19130

The Mayor’s Task Force on Paid Sick Leave will hold a public hearing at Community College of Philadelphia, 18th and Callowhill Streets, Room C2-5 (Center for Business and Industry Building) from 1-4pm. The task forceis charged with evaluation Philadelphia's current array of paid sick leave policies; how these policies compare to competitor cities and neighboring jurisdications; and the likely impacts on employers and employees mandating paid sick leave. CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum will present testimony supporting paid leave policies.

 

July 9, 2014

7:00-9:00 PM

Busboys and Poets (14th and V)
2021 14th St, NW
The Legacy of Independence and Democracy in Venezuela

The Legacy of Independence and Democracy in Venezuela

In honor of Venezuela Week at Busboys and Poets and the 203rd anniversary of Venezuelan independence this week, the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will host a panel discussion on the impact of Venezuelan independence and democracy in the country today. The discussion will feature experts on Venezuela including CEPR Director of International Policy Deborah James, Senior Associate General Counsel for the United Steelworkers Dan Kovalik, Professor Steve Ellner, and Professor Paul Tennassee.

The panel will be followed by a Q & A session. No RSVP is necessary.

 

June 17, 2014

3:00 PM

Rayburn House Office Bldg. RM# 2456
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20515

Humanitarian Crisis at the U.S.- Mexico Border: Understanding the Surge of Unaccompanied Minors at U.S. Borders

The Department of Homeland Security estimates that well over 60,000 children will appear at the border by the end of 2014. This alarming statistic is a drastic increase compared to 2013 when only 24,000 children were apprehended at U.S. borders. CEPR Senior Associate for International Policy Alex Main will participate in a congressional briefing hosted by Representative Hank Johnson, which will examine how the current situations in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador have caused such unprecedented numbers of unaccompanied children to arrive to the U.S. – Mexico border. He will be joined by Geoff Thale of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and Megan McKenna of Kids In Need of Defense (KIND).

Please contact Sascha Thompson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Whitney Marshall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in Representative Johnson's office for questions. 

June 24, 2014

8:00-10:00am
Demos
220 5th Ave, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Good News on Paid Family Leave: Political and Practical Lessons from New Jersey and California

The New York legislature is now considering a bill that would provide workers with up to 12 weeks of paid family leave. Three other states have already passed similar laws and begun the process of providing benefits to workers caring for new babies or seriously ill family members.  Demos is hosting a discussion of the political and practical lessons New Yorkers can learn from the passage and implementation of paid leave New Jersey and California.

The panel will include CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum and mark the publication of “Business as Usual,” a report she co-authored with Demos' Sharon Lerner, on the experience of employers with New Jersey’s Family Leave Insurance program.  Other speakers include Sherry Leiwant of A Better Balance and Donna Dolan of the New York State Paid Leave Coalition.

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June 18 & 19

June 18, 3:00-6:00 PM
June 19, 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM

UNCTAD, Palais des Nations
Av. de la Paix, 1211
Geneva 10, Switzerland

United Nations Conference on Trade and Global Development 2014 Public Symposium

On June 18 and 19, CEPR Director of International Programs Deborah James participated in panels organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Global Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva.  The first panel, which Deborah moderated, discussed macroeconomic dimensions of inequality and included participants such as Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, and Triyono Wibowo, Ambassador and UNCTAD’s President of the Trade and Development Board, among others. Deborah also spoke at a round table discussing the best policy practices to global transformation, and was joined by Rubens Ricupero, former Secretary-General of UNCTAD and former Minister of Finance in Brazil, and Martin Khor, Executive Director of South Centre, to name a few. Audio recordings of the panels are available here.

 Deborah James UNCTAD

June 20, 2014

9am - 4:30pm
Friedrich Ebert Foundation
1023 15th Street, NW #801
Washington, DC 20005

What Have We Learned from the Crisis and What Remains to be Done?

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Washington Office and the AFL-CIO are co-organizing a conference titled, What have we learned from the crisis and what remains to be done? CEPR's Dean Baker will speak on the afternoon panel, answering the question, What remains to be done?, along with Thorben Albrecht of the German Ministry of Labor & Social Affairs, Julianne Malveaux and Robert Scott of EPI, and Robert Kuttner of the American Prospect

Please note that participation in this event is by invitation only.

May 27, 2014

1:00 - 4:00 PM
Milton Marks Auditorium
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

Department of Labor Regional Forums - San Francisco

The White House, the Department of Labor, and the Center for American Progress will host a Summit on Working Families to set an agenda for a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans.

Leading up to the June 23 White House Summit on Working Families, the Department of Labor will host forums across the United States to identify initiatives that benefit America’s working families, businesses and economy. These discussions will help inform the national Summit, which will build momentum around key policy goals and best practices to help both workers and businesses succeed.

CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum will be speaking at this event along with featured speaker, Thomas E. Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor.

 For more information, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (858) 547-9912

CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum shares the stage with other panelists

From left:

Ann O'Leary, Vice president and director Children and Families Program, Next Generation,
John Arensmeyer; CEO Small Business Majority,
Eileen Appelbaum; Economist and Author, Unifinished Business
James Freeman; CEO Blue Bottle Coffee, and
Jody Greenstone Miller; founder and CEO, Busniess Talent Group.

April 29, 2014

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Milken Institute Global Conference
Beverly Hilton 
9876 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Jobs in the Developed World

CEPR's Dean Baker will be a speaker at the Milken Institute Global Conference, which annually gathers 3,000 leaders in business, finance, government, public policy, academia, philanthropy, law, science, and news media to exchange ideas and solve some of the world's toughest challenges.

Dean will be joined by Steven Rattner, Kevin Hassett, Diana Farrell and Beth Ann Bovino on a panel about "Jobs in the Developed World." While unemployment has long been considered an unfortunate fact of free-market capitalism, factors ranging from technological advances in emerging markets and the rapid automation of service industries to the changing dynamics of the business cycle are lengthening joblessness and forcing more people to settle for work that pays little and requires fewer skills. This panel will discuss what can be done to reverse the trend without undermining the flexibility of labor markets or hindering globalization.

For registration information, click here.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

11:30 am
College Court Conference Centre
Knighton Road, Leicester LE2 3UF
United Kingdom

Work Futures in the United States

CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum will be one of the keynote speakers at the inaugural conference for the University of Leicester's Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures. She will be speaking about ‘Work Futures in the United States.’

The Centre aims to shape and improve policy analysis and inform practice by bringing together a team of networked researchers to advance knowledge and understanding of work and employment futures. There is a compelling warrant for a fresh look at the changing world of work. Established analytical and policy frameworks have been challenged by the scale and scope of the economic crisis, by demographic shifts, and by new business models and patterns of employment. The expansion of managerial and professional occupations has been accompanied by a proliferation of low paid work but limited growth in the middle-ranking jobs that had been a salient feature of capitalism in the twentieth century. The evidence points to far reaching changes in the international division of labour, in work organisations, and in employment relations, but as yet we have limited understanding of the longer-term significance of these developments.

Attendance at the Inaugural Conference is by invitation only. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on 0116 229 7331

April 15, 2014

Thomas Piketty’s Book Release: Capital in the Twenty-First Century

12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Urban Institute
2100 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20037

Register now. Registration is required to attend this event.

Unable to attend in person? This event will be webcast live here (registration not required).

The growth of income and wealth inequality has enormous economic and political consequences, both in the United States and around the world. The subject is likely to be a major issue in this year’s congressional elections and the 2016 presidential campaign.

The debate will be informed by Paris School of Economics Professor Thomas Piketty’s new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Piketty, drawing on two centuries of data in 20 countries, concludes that extreme and potentially destabilizing increases in inequality may be in our future absent changes in public policy.

Piketty will provide a brief synopsis of his book. Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Kevin Hassett of the American Enterprise Institute will provide commentary. Tax Policy Center Director Len Burman will moderate the discussion, focusing on the role tax policy might play in mitigating income inequality, and field questions from the audience.

April 9, 2014

Book Talk: "Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People"

12:30 - 2:00 pm
Public Affairs Building, Room 4357
University of California, Los Angeles
5151 State University Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90032

A book talk and signing presented by Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research, with discussant Andrew Atkeson, UCLA Economics.

While most people intuitively know that low unemployment is important to job seekers, they may not realize that high levels of employment actually would make an enormous difference in the lives of large segments of the workforce who already have jobs. Particularly in an era of historically high wage and income inequality, many in the workforce depend on full employment labor markets, and the bargaining power it provides, to secure a fair share of the economy’s growth. For the bottom third or even half of the wage distribution, high levels of employment are a necessary condition for improving wages, higher incomes, and better working conditions. 

Getting Back to Full Employment, co-authored by Jared Bernstein and Dean Baker, shows that real wage growth for workers in the bottom half of the income scale is highly dependent on the overall rate of unemployment and that full employment would lead to improved fiscal conditions. The authors also present a broad set of policies designed to boost growth and get the unemployment rate down to a level where far more workers have a fighting chance of getting ahead.

This event is presented by UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) and cosponsored by the Department of Economics.

April 9, 2014

Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street

1:00-2:30 pm
Labor Education Center, Room 130/131
50 Labor Center Way
Douglass Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Economist Eileen Appelbaum and Professor Rosemary Batt present results from the first comprehensive examination of how the law views private equity firms as investors rather than employers, in turn leaving private equity owners unaccountable for their actions in ways that public corporations are. Since 2000, nearly 11,500 companies—representing almost 8 million employees—have been purchased by private equity firms. Are these firms financial innovators that save failing businesses or financial predators that bankrupt otherwise healthy companies and destroy jobs?

This event is part of the Capitalism and Democracy in Conflict? Governing Work in the Global Economy Lecture Series. It is sponsored by Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations and Rutgers Center for European Studies. Support provided by Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs. 

This is a FREE event. For more information, contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

April 8, 2014

The Importance of Full Employment and the Routes for Getting There

7:30pm
Multipurpose Room of the Student Resource Building at UCSB
University of California, Santa Barbara
Isla Vista, CA 93117

As part of a year-long programming series at UC Santa Barbara, "The Great Society at Fifty: Democracy in America 1964/2014," CEPR co-director Dean Baker will speak on "The Importance of Full Employment and the Routes for Getting There." 

On this fiftieth anniversary of the Great Society, UCSB's initiative provides an opportunity for teaching, public outreach, and community engagement on an extraordinarily broad range of still contested commitments (to political and social rights, economic and social opportunities, more inclusive immigration policies) that may once again be approaching historical turning points much as they were half a century ago.

This event is free and open to the public, RSVPs are appreciated but not required. RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/mfjp722

 

April 4, 2014

Unemployment and Inequality: A Path Forward

7:30 - 9:00 pm
The Humanities Building, Room 2650
455 North Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

UW-Madison Campus

The Madison Institute is presenting this public forum featuring economist Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC.

All TMI events are free and open to the public. Contact Kelly for questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608/438-4178.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters - WI, Common Cause - WI, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, Wisconsin Grassroots Network, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, and The Progressive Magazine.

April 2, 2014

Book Talk: "Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street"

12:30 - 2:00pm
UCLA Anderson School of Management
Cornell Hall D307
110 Westwood Plaza B201
Los Angeles, CA 90024

UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment is hosting this colloquium by:

Eileen Appelbaum, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Rosemary Batt, ILR School, Cornell University

About their upcoming book, Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street:

Private equity firms have long been at the center of public debates on the impact of the financial sector on Main Street companies.  Are these firms financial innovators that save failing businesses or financial predators that bankrupt otherwise healthy companies and destroy jobs?  The first comprehensive examination of this topic, Private Equity at Work provides a detailed yet accessible guide to this controversial business model.  Noted labor experts Eileen Appelbaum and Rosemary Batt carefully evaluate the evidence--including original case studies and interviews, legal documents, bankruptcy proceedings, media coverage, and existing academic scholarship--to demonstrate that while private equity firms have had some positive effects on the operations and growth of small and mid-sized companies, the interventions of private equity more often than not lead to significant negative consequences for many businesses and workers. 

April 2, 2014

The Path to Full Employment: Making Jobs a National Priority

8:30am-11:00am
National Press Club
Holeman Lounge
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC

Five years into an economic recovery, unemployment remains high while income inequality continues to grow. In response, Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and previously Vice President Biden’s chief economic adviser, and the Center are seeking to begin a national dialogue to focus greater attention on the goal of full employment, with an April 2 kick-off event at the National Press Club.

Lawrence Summers, Former Treasury Secretary, will present the keynote address. CEPR's Dean Baker will be one of the featured panelists, along with other renowned economists and public policy experts.

View the event online: http://www.pathtofullemployment.org/event/

Saturday, March 29th and Sunday, March 30st

Saturday, 6:00 PM
Salón Bolivariano
2443 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.

Sunday, 5:00 PM
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C.

Revolutionary Medicine: A Story of the First Garifuna Hospital

with

Dr. Luther Castillo
Community organizer and co-founder of the First Garifuna People's Hospital of Honduras

Documentary (40 minutes) followed by discussion with Dr. Luther Castillo.

March 31, 2014

Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street

12pm - 1pm
The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
2521 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94720

The University of California Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment is hosting this colloquium featuring Eileen Appelbaum, Center for Economic Policy Research and Rosemary Batt, ILR Cornell University

Private equity firms have long been at the center of public debates on the impact of the financial sector on Main Street companies. Are these firms financial innovators that save failing businesses or financial predators that bankrupt otherwise healthy companies and destroy jobs? The first comprehensive examination of this topic, Private Equity at Work provides a detailed yet accessible guide to this controversial business model. 

TO ATTEND AN EVENT, PLEASE R.S.V.P. to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

March 28, 2014

The Conference of Economic and Political Inequality

3:15 - 4:00 pm
University of Kentucky Worsham Theatre
404 S. Limestone St.

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Lexington, KY 40508

Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research, will be speaking about "Inequality, Causes, Consequences" at this conference at the University of Kentucky.

We know that Social Stimulus Do-Gooders, like yourself, are aware that we are all important pieces of a larger community. Communities thrive when every voice has the opportunity to be heard, but there are many obstacles holding back voices that are vital and often go unheard.

This free and open to the public conference is an opportunity to expand our horizons and understand ways to break down the walls of economic and political inequality that stifle those voices which are integral to the health of our community.

Questions? contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., History, University of Kentucky.

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