April 10, 2008

Turmoil in U.S. Credit Markets: Examining Proposals to Mitigate Foreclosures and Restore Liquidity to the Mortgage Markets

Dean Baker was invited to testify at the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, as well as Lawrence H. Summers, Ellen Harnick, Scott Stern and Douglas Elmendorf. (Testimony) (Video, Dean Baker begins at 18:00)

March 25, 2008

U.S. Policy Toward Latin America in the Post-Bush Era

Mark Weisbrot spoke on a panel with Greg Craig, a foreign policy advisor to Senator Barack Obama; Nora Lustig, a visiting Professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs; and, Mark Schneider, who is Senior Vice President and Special Advisor on Latin America at the International Crisis Group. The discussion centered on the possible directions U.S. policy toward Latin America might take after the Bush Administration.

March 20, 2008

A Generation of Widening Inequality

Dean Baker traveled to Sacramento, CA to speak at the California Budget Project’s 2008 policy conference, A Generation of Widening Inequality: Implications for Budget and Policy Priorities. The plenary sessions and workshops  examined proposals to close the state’s budget gap, the latest trends in the state’s troubled housing markets, and the impact of federal tax and budget proposals on California. For more information, please consult the CBP's website.

March 18, 2008

Take Back American 2008

Dean Baker spoke at the Take Back America 2008 conference, on the "Housing Crisis and Corporate Accountability," with Al Meyerhoff, Lisa Ransom (Vice President of Federal Affairs for the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL)), and Theresa DiMartino. Video of the panel discussion can be viewed here.

February 25, 2008

Shaw Fremstad on Housing Affordability

Shawn Fremstad spoke on a panel that examines housing affordability from a family budget perspective. The discussion, part of the National Low Income Housing Coalition's (NLIHC) 2008 National Policy Conference, was moderated by Bill Apgar of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University and also included Tamara Draut, author of Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead and Director of the Economic Opportunity Project at Demos.

February 13, 2008

The Political Climate of Latin America

The University of British Columbia in Vancouver hosted Mark Weisbrot to speak on the political climate of Latin America.

February 13, 2008

Talk with Mark Weisbrot

Eric Hershberg, professor of Political Science at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and a specialist on the comparative politics of Latin America and the politics of development, moderated a talk with Mark Weisbrot.

February 12, 2008

Latin America's New Political and Economic Independence: Implications for a Multi-Polar World

The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center in Palo Alto, CA hosted an evening with Mark Weisbrot.

February 11, 2008

Latin America's Political Shift: Is the Region Moving in a Positive Direction?

Joel Brinkley, former editor, reporter and Pulitzer Prize winning foreign correspondent for the New York Times and visiting professor of journalism at Stanford, and CEPR Co-director, Mark Weisbrot, discussed important political changes currently taking place in Latin America, and what they might mean for the future of the region and its relationship with the United States.

February 10, 2008

Latin America’s New Political and Economic Independence: Implications for a Multi-Polar World

The Berkeley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship sponsored a talk with Mark Weisbrot.

February 1, 2008

Why the World Isn't Flat: The Truth About Globalization and the Secret History of Capitalism

CEPR Senior Research Associate, Ha-Joon Chang takes aim at unfettered capitalism and free trade in his new book, Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism. The New America Foundation and CEPR co-sponsored a book event with Ha-Joon, later airing on C-SPAN's BookTV.

January 24, 2008

Americans United for Change and the Bush Legacy Project  sponsored a forum on "The Bush Legacy: The State of our Union Then and Now" at the National Press Club. Invited speakers included Dean Baker, Brad Woodhouse, Diane Archer and Daniel Weiss. For photos and the speakers' Power Point presentations, see the event website.

January 17, 2008

An Assessment of the First Two Years of the Morales Administration in Bolivia

Mr. Guevara Ávila, Director General of Bilateral Relations, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia, discussed the achievements and results of the first two years, with a focus on the draft new Constitution, approved just last month by the Constitutional Assembly.

January 5, 2008

AEA Annual Meeting

The American Economic Association held it's annual meeting in New Orleans from the 4th to the 6th of January in New Orleans, LA. Several economists affiliated with CEPR, including Randy Albelda and Marcellus Andrews participated in the conference, together with co-director, Dean Baker. For more information, please consult the AEA website.


Why the World Isn't Flat: The Truth About Globalization and the Secret History of Capitalism

Friday, February 1, 2008

12:30 - 2:00 PM
New America Foundation
Washington, DC

According to the conventional wisdom popularized by Thomas Friedman, countries can grow rich only by means of unfettered capitalism and pure free trade. In his controversial book, Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism, CEPR Senior Research Associate, Ha-Joon Chang takes aim at this orthodoxy. Combining irreverent wit with scholarly rigor, Chang shows that nations like the U.S. that achieved their present wealth by means of economic nationalism now preach an entirely different set of policies to the developing world, via the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organization. Chang calls on us not only to re-evaluate the policies we promote to countries seeking to grow rich, but also to become reacquainted with our own forgotten economic history.

This event was hosted and co-sponsored by the New America Foundation, and New America Foundation Whitehead Senior Fellow Michael Lind introduced Ha-Joon.


  • Video from C-SPAN's BookTV here.

Power-Point Presentation:

  • Ha-Joon Chang's power-point presentation available here.



Press Breakfast 

Argentina's Economic Recovery: Four Years After the Meltdown

National Press Club, November 30, 2005

Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Michael Mussa, former Research Director for the International Monetary Fund and current Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Economics  




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