October 29, 2014
Congressional Briefing: Latin American Human Rights Defenders on the Impact of U.S. Security Policy in Mexico, Central America and Colombia
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
2226 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Hosted by The Office of Representative Hank Johnson
In early June, an unprecedented influx of child migrants fleeing violence in their communities led to a humanitarian emergency along our southern border. Late last month, 43 students in the western Mexican state of Guerrero disappeared after being detained by local police. Though the U.S. has provided hundreds of millions of dollars of assistance to security forces in Mexico and Central America, violence continues to rage in these countries, and - all too often - police and military agents from these countries appear to be a part of the problem.
November 19, 2014
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20009
Join moderator William Greider, National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation, for a cutting edge talk and book signing with CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum and Cornell's Rosemary Batt. In Private Equity at Work, a groundbreaking analysis of a hotly contested business model, Eileen and Rose provide an unprecedented analysis of the little-understood inner workings of private equity (PE) and of the effects of leveraged buyouts on American companies and workers.
Since 2000, nearly 11,500 companies—representing almost 8 million employees—have been purchased by PE firms. As their role in the economy has increased, PE firms have come under fire from labor unions and community advocates who argue that the proliferation of leveraged buyouts destroys jobs, busts unions, causes wages to stagnate, saddles otherwise healthy companies with debt, and leads to subsidies from taxpayers.
This event is co-hosted by IPS’ Inequality & The Common Good, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the Campaign for America's Future, Americans for Financial Reform, Teaching for Change Bookstore, and Busboys and Poets.
Facebook page for this event is located here.
October 13, 2014
National Council on Teacher Retirement Annual Conference
10 S West Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
CEPR's Dean Baker will be speaking on a panel about "Retirement Challenges" at the 92nd annual conference of the National Council on Teacher Retirement, along with Diane Oakley of the National Institute on Retirement Security and Dallas Salisbury of the Employee Benefit Research Institute and moderated by Jack Ehnes of CalSTRS.
Only members of NCTR may attend the conference. For more information about the conference as well as registration and membership fees, click here.
October 11, 2014
The Impact of the BRICS’ Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) and the New Development Bank (NDB)
World Bank I Building
1850 I St NW, Room I2-210
Washington, DC 20006
Panelists: Mark Weisbrot (Center for Economic and Policy Research), Nancy Alexander (Heinrich Boell Foundation), Aldo Caliari (Center of Concern)
Chair: Deborah James, Center for Economic and Policy Research
September 30, 2014
Unaccompanied Minors: Undocumented Immigrants, Refugees or Asylum Seekers?
Room 1026/28, SEIU Conference Center
This event will be a panel discussion focusing on the current crisis at the border involving Children Immigrants. The approach being to frame a sociological and historical context that gives the audience a better understanding of the US Foreign Policies and intergovernmental relationships that have led to the way these children are being labeled, viewed and treated.
Panelists (3 Panelists + 1 Facilitator):
Sylvia Ruiz, Immigration Justice Director (Facilitator)
Alexander Main, CEPR
Lucero Ortiz, Volunteer/Lawyer
- Yamilex Rustrian, Daughter of USWW Janitor Annabella Aguirre
October 1, 2014
1000 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001-5403
Featuring the authors Vernon L. Smith, Laureate 2002, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences and Professor, Chapman University; and Steven D. Gjerstad, Presidential Fellow, Chapman University; with comments by Dean Baker, Co-founder, Center for Economic and Policy Research; moderated by Mark A. Calabria, Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute.
October 21, 2014
7:00 - 8:30 PM
When Wall Street Manages Main Street: Shining a Light on the Shadow Banking System
First Church JP
6 Eliot St
Since 2000, nearly 11,500 companies—representing almost 8 million employees—have been purchased by investment managers that make investments in the private equity of operating companies through a variety of loosely affiliated investment strategies including leveraged buyout, venture capital, and growth capital, otherwise known asprivate equity (PE) firms.
Private Equity at Work, a groundbreaking analysis of a hotly contested business model, Economist Eileen Appelbaum andProfessor Rosemary Batt show that Private Equity firms’ financial strategies are designed to extract maximum value from the companies they buy and sell, often to the detriment of those companies and their employees and suppliers. These actions often lead to financial distress and a disproportionate focus on cost-cutting, outsourcing, and wage and benefit losses for workers, especially if they are unionized.
October 21, 2014
MIT Sloan School of Management
Eileen Appelbaum (Center for Economic and Policy Research) & Rosemary Batt (Cornell University) will discuss the groundbreaking analysis of a hotly contested business model as presented in their new book, Private Equity at Work. They document that while private equity firms have had positive effects on the operations and growth of small and mid-sized companies and in turning around failing companies, the interventions of private equity more often than not lead to significant negative consequences for many businesses and workers. This is an unprecedented analysis of the little-understood inner workings of private equity and of the effects of leveraged buyouts on American companies and workers.
September 24, 2014
Revisiting the Role of U.S. Trade and Economic Policies in the Central America Refugee Situation
AFL-CIO Headquarters (Murray Green Room)
815 16th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
The AFL-CIO, CWA, and the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) invite you to a conversation, featuring Dana Frank, UC Santa Cruz; Celeste Drake, AFL-CIO; and Deborah James, CEPR, exploring the human rights violations behind the influx of unaccompanied minors and refugees into the United States from Central America. Ongoing human rights violations in the region, crushing poverty, and failure of some Central American governments to protect the lives of their citizens are so extreme that many see little choice but to undertake a life-threatening journey hoping for a better future. Unfortunately, flawed U.S foreign, trade, and economic policies have exacerbated dangerous conditions in these countries, breeding desperation.
October 22, 2014
Harvard Kennedy School
L-4 Conference Room (lobby level entrace on the corner of JFK and Eliot Street).
The IRI will be hosting a Brown Bag Lunch, featuring Senior Economist at the Center for Economic Policy and Research, Eileen Appelbaum and Alice Hanson Cook Professor of Women and Work, Industrial and Labor Relations School, Cornell University. In this talk, Eileen Appelbaum and Rosemary Batt will discuss their innovative analysis of a controversial business model from their recent book, Private Equity: When Wall Street Manages Main Street. In their new book, the authors help to demystify the opaque world of private equity and offer the first complete examination of the industry. Furthermore, this work looks closely at the less discussed effects that leveraged buyouts have on American companies, workers, and the U.S. economy at large.
October 16, 2014
Leicester, UK, LE2 3UF
The UK and USA led the way in the 1970s and 1980s in creating the conditions for a new global financial system, but our understanding of the effects upon the world of work and the shifting relationship between work and finance remains limited. There has been much discussion of the growing complexity and instability of financial models, but very little scrutiny of how the financial world affects the real economy. How does financialisation impact on the productivity, prospects and well-being of people at work? Hedge funds, private equity firms, and sovereign wealth funds are at the centre of debates on the imposition of the priorities of financial capitalism on established regimes of managerial capitalism, but are these intermediaries innovators or predators in business and people management strategies? Do they diminish the quality of production and service provision and the productivity and well-being of the workforce?
Professor Ian Clark works at the Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures where Professor Eileen Appelbaum is a visiting professor.
September 14, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific time
Firedoglake Book Salon: 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. Economist Eileen Appelbaum and Professor Rosemary Batt carefully evaluate the evidence—including original case studies and interviews, legal documents, bankruptcy proceedings, media coverage, and existing academic scholarship—to demonstrate the effects of private equity on American businesses and workers.
September 14, 2014
The New School
66 West 12th Street
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
Classrooms: 404, 406, 407, 410, 510
Dean Baker will address the need for reforming the way economic models and economic thinking influence public policy, in turn offering tractable solutions; and Neva Goodwin will provide a blueprint for reforming the economics curriculum so as to make it more pluralistic and reflective.
Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC
Neva Goodwin, Co-Director of the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University
September 23, 2014
Join the Institute for Policy Studies, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Center for Civil Society for a progressive and healthy public examination of differences over the emerging transcontinental economic bloc between Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
August 21, 2014
European Summer University for Social Movements
Université Paris VII-Diderot
16 rue Marguerite Duras
CEPR's Domestic Policy Director Nicole Woo will speak on a panel addressing the growth of global finance.
September 18, 2014
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
Community College of Philadelphia
1700 Spring Garden Street
Center for Business and Industry Building
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
Busboys and Poets (14th and V)
2021 14th St, NW
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
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).
June 24, 2014
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.
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
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.