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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. 

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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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March 28, 2014

Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hinckley Caucus Room
University of Utah
260 S. Central Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, 84112

The Hinckley Institute of Politics and the Economics Department at the University of Utah are co-sponsoring this forum.

Speaker: Eileen Appelbaum, Senior Research Economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington DC.

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 co-author, Professor Rosemary Batt of Cornell University, 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.

For more information call: (801) 581-8501

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March 26, 2014

NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation Luncheon

12:00 pm
Center for Community Leadership Training Room
Junior League of Raleigh Building
711 Hillsborough St. 

What’s the real deal with the American economy? Where do things stand? What’s holding us back? What about the situation in North Carolina? Please join us Wednesday, March 26, as we tackle these topics and more with one of America’s leading economists, Dean Baker.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from this knowledgeable and important voice at this critical time.

Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m. Space is limited – pre-registration required.

Cost: $10, admission includes a box lunch.

Click here to register

Questions?? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 919-861-2065

 

March 27, 2014

Improving Tax Credits for New Mothers and Reducing Marriage Penalties for Low-Income Americans

10:00 am-11:30 am
Rayburn House Office Building | Room 2175
Education and the Workforce Committee Room
45 Independence Ave SW,

The Honorable Thomas E. Petri (WI-06), Member of Congress, along with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, are hosting this briefing.

Opening Remarks:
Congressman Thomas E. Petri (WI-06)

Panelists:

  • Robert Cherry, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, GRAD Center and Brooklyn College, City University of New York
  • Shawn Fremstad, Senior Research Associate, Center for Economic and Policy Research
  • Christine Kim, Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation
  • Elaine Maag, Senior Research Associate, Tax Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Isabel Sawhill, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center on Children and Families and Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings Institution

Moderator:
Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., President, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Please RSVP online by Wednesday, March 26th
Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 202-785-5100.

 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

11:00 - 12:30
The Corn Exchange
55 Mark Lane
London, EC3R 7NE

Rethinking the Economics of Pensions II

The UK Financial Services Knowledge Transfer Network would like to invite you to the second conference on the economics of pensions. 
The conference will once again bring together papers reflecting new economic thinking in a dialogue between economists and practitioners, from academia, government and industry.

 Dean Baker (Center for Economic and Policy Research, USA)
‘Retirement Security in Troubled Times: Lessons from the United States’

Rethinking the Economics of Pensions II


Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Noon–2 p.m.
AFL-CIO
815 16th St., N.W.
Washington, DC

Join Us for a Book Discussion

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

with authors Dean Baker and Jared Bernstein
with an introduction by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

We all know high levels of employment are good for job-seekers—but they’re also essential for improving pay and working conditions for low-wage workers.

In this follow-up to their 2003 book, The Benefits of Full Employment, economists Dean Baker and Jared Bernstein document the dependency of wage growth on low unemployment and present policy options for boosting economic growth and lowering unemployment.

Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, formerly served as the chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class and as a member of President Obama’s economic team.

Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, is frequently cited in economics reporting in major media outlets and his analyses have appeared in many prestigious national and international publications.

RSVP

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

9:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

50 Years Since the War on Poverty: Looking Back, Moving Forward

The War on Poverty is 50 years old. In his first State of the Union address in January 1964, President Lyndon Johnson announced his ambitious goal to improve the outlook for the millions of Americans who "live on the outskirts of hope." But it was not until March that he forwarded the initial legislative proposals that would begin a remarkable period of legislative activity. Many programs that form the foundation of our social safety net (such as Food Stamps/SNAP, Social Security, Head Start, and Medicaid) were created or bolstered as part of this burst of historic bipartisan policymaking designed to improve health, education, and economic outcomes. Yet today's gridlocked Congress no longer seems to share a broad commitment to these programs, and too many Americans still live on the economic margins.

Monday, March 3, 2014

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Capitol Visitors Center, Room SVC-212-10
First Street, SE Washington DC 20515

Deficit Reduction Challenges: How Has the Macroeconomic Environment Changed in the Past Year?

As an expert panel at the National WIC Association's 24th Annual Washington Leadership Conference, CEPR's Dean Baker and Bob Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities will be discussing "Deficit Reduction Challenges: How Has the Macroeconomic Environment Changed in the Past Year?"

Conference and Registration Fees
Conference Agenda

Thursday, March 6, 2014

10:00 AM
Rayburn House Office Building (2360)
45 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20515

ObamaCare and the Self-Employed: What About Us?

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce will hold a hearing to examine the effect of the President's health care law on the self-employed. The Hearing will be webstreamed live HERE .

Witnesses and Testimony:

Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington, DC
Todd McCracken, President, National Small Business Association, Washington, DC
Alan Schulman, President, Insurance Benefits & Advisors, LLC. ,Rockville, MD
Charlie Arnold, President/Owner, Lewes, DE

Hearing Notice (PDF)

 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

7:00 pm

Bolivarian Hall
2443 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

The Legacy of Hugo Chávez: At Home and Abroad
Hosted by the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

March 5th will mark the one year anniversary of the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. A panel discussion will focus on the political, social, and economic impact that this Latin American leader had on movements and governments alike in the US, Venezuela, and the region. Mark Weisbrot of CEPR will be joined by Dan Kovalik, Adjunct Professor of International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Venezuelan official (TBD). The panel will be moderated by James Early, Director of Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Press Briefing:
“Lessons from NAFTA for the TPP”  Did NAFTA Help Mexico?: An Assessment After 20 Years

With:
Representative Rosa DeLauro
Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Lori Wallach, Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
Moderated by Laura Carlsen, Director, Americas Program

National Press Club Murrow Room

529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

12:15 - 2:00 pm

Women's National Democratic Club
1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington DC, 20036

Getting Back to Full Employment and Reducing Inequality

Dean Baker discusses his latest books, "Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People" (co-authored with Jared Bernstein) and "The End of loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive."

 

Please RSVP online at www.democraticwoman.org or telephone (202) 232-7363 ext. 3003

For more information go to the event website.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

UCLA Downtown Labor Center
675 S. Park View St.
Los Angeles, CA

Unfinished Business LA:
History & Next Steps for Paid Family Leave

The California Work & Family Coalition hosts authors Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman for a discussion on their new book Unfinished Business, which documents the history and impact of California’s paid family leave program, the first of its kind in the United States.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

2:30 - 4:30pm (doors open at 2:00pm)
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Unfinished Business: 
History and Next Steps for California's Paid Family Leave

In their new book, Unfinished Business, Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman document the history and impact of California's paid family leave program, the first of its kind in the United States, which began in 2004. We will also hear from Bay Area community members who are working locally and statewide to expand awareness and our rights to take paid family leave.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

12:00pm—1:30pm*
Cowles Auditorium
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave S, Cowles Auditorium
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

The Future of Social Security and Medicare Co-sponsored with AARP of Minnesota

Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research
Kevin Hassett, John G. Searle Senior Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute

Must Social Security and Medicare be cut to protect the programs and America’s fiscal balance sheets?  Or, can the backbone of security for seniors be protected by raising revenue and making other reforms?  Time to put aside talking points and spin in favor of honest discussion.  Dean Baker and Kevin Hassett are two of the country’s most thoughtful progressive and conservative commentators on entitlement reform.  They are also longtime friends, bringing an uncommon civility to the momentous options and weighty decisions facing Congress and President Obama.

*Light refreshments immediately following the event.

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