CEPR

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.

Download video from this event
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

Listen to the audio from this event

 

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.