CEPR News October 2012
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|Thursday, 01 November 2012 13:00|
The following highlights CEPR's latest research, publications, events and much more.
CEPR Launches The Americas Blog: Analysis Beyond the Echo Chamber
Recent blog posts have included these two posts by CEPR’s International Communications Director Dan Beeton on Honduras and this one on Latin American elections by CEPR Program Assistant Sara Kozameh. In addition, CEPR Research Associate Jake Johnston provides daily headlines – summaries of news items from across Latin America.
Dean schooled former chief executive of General Electric, Jack Welch, on how the BLS compiles the unemployment numbers in this op-ed on CNN.com. Dean also explained the jobs numbers to Fox Business News. You can read Dean’s analysis of the September numbers in this Jobs Byte. And here’s a graph that shows the unemployment rate for select sectors.
Mark wrote other op-eds during the lead up to the elections, including this one on how the press contributes to the demonization of Chávez. He was also interviewed by Al Jazeera’s Inside Story as well as KPFK’s Sojourner Truth (mp3), and he was quoted in several news stories including this one on CNN.com.
CEPR live-blogged the day of the election, from 7:00 a.m. to almost 11:30 at night, offering up to the minute observations from election monitors in Venezuela, news reports, and other sources. Mark published this op-ed in the New York Times online the day after the election, explaining to readers that Chávez’ overwhelming victory was not unexpected by those who know about his government’s accomplishments, including a reduction in poverty and a rise in living standards.
Mark was quoted by numerous media sources about the election results, including Salon, the major Spanish newswire EFE, and Truthout. He appeared on RT’s The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann (here), and was interviewed by the Real News (here). He was also interviewed a second time by Al Jazeera’s Inside Story. He also gave several radio interviews (here and here (mp3)).
CEPR’s work on Venezuela was also cited extensively in the Venezuelan and Spanish-language press, including major Venezuelan papers El Mundo, Ultimas Noticias, and El Universal. Mark offered additional insight and analysis on the election in these posts for CEPR’s The Americas Blog.
CEPR on the Presidential (and VEEP) Debates
CEPR listened in to the Presidential debates, and we had a few things to say. Mark was part of a panel of foreign policy experts asked by The Guardian to comment on the third debate. “It was a victory just to have drones mentioned,'’ said Mark (here’s the rest of his analysis).
Dean also wrote several op-eds calling out President Obama for saying that there was little difference between his position on Social Security and Governor Romney's, as well as the President’s comments during the first debate that Social Security needs to be “tweaked.” “When President Obama links arms with Romney on Social Security, it is not good news for supporters of the program. Nor was the situation made better by the desire to ’tweak‘ the system,” wrote Dean. He reiterated those thoughts in this piece for Yahoo! News.
And in this op-ed that appeared in over 20 newspapers across the country (including the Sacramento Bee, the Charlotte Observer and the Dallas Morning News) Mark examines the imperfect election-related question “are you better off than you were 4 years ago?” and how much it pertains to the current election.
CEPR on Haiti
Jake Johnston wrote this Alternet article about Chemonics, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s largest private contractor in Haiti, and was cited in these articles by the AP and Global Post on Chemonics’ lacking progress, despite the millions it has received in U.S. taxpayer dollars. Jake and other CEPR staff have been following reconstruction efforts in Haiti in the years after the earthquake through CEPR’s Haiti: Relief and Reconstruction Watch blog. Recent blog posts discuss the ongoing cholera epidemic two-years after U.N. troops caused the outbreak, chronicled the problems with the highly-touted Caracol Industrial Park, and analyzed the continuing housing crisis.
CEPR on Private Equity
CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum has written extensively on the role of private equity in the U.S. economy. Her latest piece in Truthout suggests that companies would benefit from a “pre-nup” agreement to prevent asset-stripping if taken over by PE. Eileen was also quoted in this extensive article on private equity.
CEPR: More Bang for the Buck
CEPR has been called a “rather effective David” when compared with other think tanks in Washington, and a recent listing of the top 50 bears this out. CEPR ranked 16 out of 50 in the Linktank Blog’s recently-published list of the most popular D.C. think tanks.
We’re especially proud of this ranking when you compare our budget with those of the other contenders. Take, for example, the American Enterprise Institute: They are ranked only 2 spots higher (at number 14 on the list), yet their budget is 15 times larger than CEPR’s. And we placed higher on the list than several other well-known (and well-funded) names such as the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Aspen Institute.
CEPR has consistently ranked first in media hits per budget dollar of all major think tanks, based on an analysis of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting’s think tank media citation rankings and organizational budgets. We’ve also consistently ranked first in web hits per budget dollar.
Maybe next year they will rate the think tanks on effective use of funds. If so, Heritage will have a real fight on their hands.
CEPR New and Noteworthy
-- This CEPR Blog post by Domestic Intern Mark Azic looks at U.S. debt projections as a percentage of GDP, and shows what those projections would look like if the U.S. healthcare system had the same cost per person as Australia, Canada, or Germany. [Hint: Future debt would be a lot lower.]
-- The Washington Post’s WonkBlog’s Dylan Matthews revised this article after CEPR’s David Rosnick pointed to errors in Matthews’ data source.
-- On October 28, Dean took part in a Q & A following a screening of Brad Lichtenstein’s "As Goes Janesville” at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC. The documentary follows three years in the lives of laid-off workers trying to reinvent themselves, business leaders aligned with the Governor to promote a pro-business agenda that they believe will woo new companies to town, and a state senator caught in the middle, trying to bring peace to his warring state and protect workers' rights.
-- Dean traveled to Tucson on October 8, where he took part in a panel discussion on the "Future of Retirement Security" as part of the National Council on Teacher Retirement's Annual Convention. On the 16 he was in New York, where he took part in a forum sponsored by Physicians for a National Health Program, on the threats Medicare faces post-election and during a lame duck Congress.
-- On October 4, Dean participated in a panel discussion on financial transaction taxes. Held in Washington at the D.C. Bar, the discussion focused on recently enacted and proposed financial transaction taxes in Europe, including France's new tax on high frequency orders, as well as the potential for some form of financial transactions tax in the United States. Other panelists included Thornton Matheson, Economist, Tax Policy, International Monetary Fund; Lee Sheppard, Contributing Editor, Tax Notes; and Steven Rosenthal, Visiting Fellow, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (Moderator).
-- Here is Dean on Bloomberg Television's "Surveillance,” talking about taxes, deficits and stimulus with Luigi Zingales, a professor of finance at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.