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New Weekly Analysis of Housing Market Print
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 15:30
Today, CEPR released the Housing Market Monitor, a new weekly analysis by co-director Dean Baker. With worries of recession and a mortgage crisis, this Monitor will provide an incisive breakdown of the latest indicators and developments in the housing sector. To receive the Monitor by e-mail, sign-up here.
 
Baker in Three Panels at ASSA Print
Saturday, 05 January 2008 15:29
Dean took part in three panels at the ASSA (Allied Social Sciences Association) annual meeting, including a presentation at a plenary session sponsored by the Association for Social Economics on "Democracy, Inequality, and Economics." A written version of the talk is available on our website. One of the panels he attended was an American Economics Association session devoted to the subprime crisis. All four panelists were at least as pessimistic about the housing market as Dean. They also all agreed with his point that the problem is not subprime mortgages, but declining house prices, and the worst is yet to come.
 
Baker in Search of Progressive America Print
Monday, 03 December 2007 14:29
Dean Baker spoke at a conference in Amsterdam called "In Search of Progressive America." The conference was organized by the Wiardi Beckman Foundation, which is the Dutch Labor Party think-tank. At the conference, Dean discussed current globalization policy and the prospects of significant changes in a future Democratic administration. Other speakers at the conference included Wouter Bos, the vice prime minister and leader of the Labor Party and Bert Koenders, the Netherland's minister for international cooperation and development.
 
CEPR Briefing Paper in BJIR Print
Thursday, 15 November 2007 14:28
The current issue of the British Journal of Industrial Relations (BJIR) contains a revised version of an April 2006 CEPR briefing paper, "Changing Patterns in the Relative Economic Performance of Immigrants to Great Britain and the U.S., 1980-2000," (subscription required) that was written by CEPR economist John Schmitt and Jonathan Wadsworth. In the paper, they compare the relative labour market performance of immigrants in the USA and in Britain over the period 1980–2000, when the stocks of immigrants were rising in both countries alongside differential shifts in demand and changes to labor market institutions.
 
"The Housing Bubble: We Were Warned" Print
Friday, 09 November 2007 14:28
Dean Baker was be the keynote speaker at the 24th annual meeting of the JOBS NOW Coalition on Friday, November 9th. The meeting ran from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Lakes & Plains Regional Council of Carpenters and Joiners, 710 Olive St., St. Paul, MN. For more information, please visit the JOBS NOW website.
 
Rally for Paid Sick Days Print
Tuesday, 06 November 2007 14:27
The D.C. Employment Justice Center organized a rally in support of The Paid Sick and Safe Days Act of 2007 (B17-0197). The bill would require employers operating in Washington, DC to provide 10 days of paid leave to their employees for the purposes of tending to physical or mental illness, preventive medical care, family care, parental leave, and absences associated with domestic violence or sexual violence. Speaking at the event on behalf of the legislation were several DC council members, a small business owner, several employees of locally operated businesses, as well as Ed Lazere of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. The speakers depicted the legislation as invaluable for the health and well being of DC working people in addition to being advantageous to the interests of business.  Domestic Intern Joshua Lanier was in attendance.
 
Schmitt Attends Conference on Wealth Inequality Print
Sunday, 04 November 2007 14:27
Senior economist, John Schmitt traveled to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he attended a conference on Wealth Inequality and the Eroding Middle Class. He spoke on a panel titled: Rising Wealth Inequality: Why We Should Care. The panel discussed domestic and global wealth inequality patterns and their implications. It was moderated by Lisa Keister, Professor of Sociology at Duke University and included Joel Handler (UCLA); Lingxin Hao (Professor, Johns Hopkins University); Mark Rank (Professor, Washington University in St. Louis), and Alan Reynolds (Senior Fellow, Cato Institute).
 
James Speaks to National Lawyers Guild Print
Saturday, 03 November 2007 14:26
Director of International Programs, Deborah James spoke on a panel on comparative constitutional reform in Latin America at the National Lawyers Guild Convention in Washington, D.C.
 
Boushey on Mothers and Careers Print
Tuesday, 16 October 2007 14:26
Heather Boushey spoke on a panel that explored the trend of media stories that show working mothers as either leaving their careers or dreaming of doing so. The discussion was moderated by E.J. Graff, a senior researcher at Brandeis University, and also included Joan Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California; Ellen Bravo, author of Taking On the Big Boys: Why Feminism Is Good for Families and Business and the Nation; and Linda Hirshman, lawyer and professor emeritus at Brandeis University.
 
Blogging the Republican Presidential Debate Print
Tuesday, 09 October 2007 14:25
Dean Baker live-blogged the Republican presidential debate for the New York Times, along with two other economists - Russell Roberts, professor of Economics at George Mason University, and William Niskanen, with the Cato Institute.
 
Weisbrot on Venezuelan Social Economy Print
Monday, 17 September 2007 14:25

While in London, Mark Weisbrot gave another talk titled "The Venezuelan Social Economy: The Optimistic Scenario" at Canning House, which is home to the Foreign Office, Latin American embassies and business journalists. More details on Mark's trip - including his time in Madrid, Spain - to come.

 
Weisbrot on Economic Progress, Political Change in Latin America, and Upcoming US Election Print
Saturday, 15 September 2007 19:00
Mark Weisbrot went to London, England where he spoke at the Annual General Meeting of Compass. Mark was on a panel with Neal Lawson, the founder of Compass and John Crudass, a Labor MP, and he spoke on issues including the lessons of economic progress and political change in Latin America, and the prospect for progressives in the forthcoming US Presidential election.
 
Praise for Baker and Schmitt Article Print
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 14:23
Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman wrote a commentary in the journal "Capitalism and Society" praising Dean Baker and John Schmitt's work in a co-authored piece, "Are Protective Labor Market Institutions at the Root of Unemployment? A Critical Review of the Evidence".
 
CEPR Contributes to Book Print
Friday, 31 August 2007 14:22
John Schmitt, Dean Baker, Mark Weisbrot, David Rosnick, and Ben Zipperer contributed CEPR publications to a new book, "Neoliberalism, Globalization and Inequalities: Consequences for Health and Quality of Life". Chapter titles include:
  • "Is Globalization Undermining the Welfare State? The Evolution of the Welfare State in Developed Capitalist Countries"
  • "The Scorecard on Development: 25 Years of Diminished Progress"
  • "Economic Efficiency versus Social Equality? The U.S. Liberal Model versus The European Social Model"
  • "Is the United States a Good Model for Reducing Social Exclusion in Europe?"
  • "Labor Markets and Economic Inequality in the United States Since the End of the 1970s"
 
Baker on Voluntary Retirement Accounts Print
Monday, 20 August 2007 14:19
Dean Baker went to Charleston, West Virginia to talk with several members of the state House and Senate about the advantages of a state-run system of voluntary retirement accounts similar to the one that Washington State is implementing. Dean also testified before the U.S. Senate pension committee on the topic. In the evening, he spoke to an overflow crowd at a local bookstore about his book, The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer.
 
Bad Samaritans Sparks Debate Print
Friday, 03 August 2007 14:19
A new book, Bad Samaritans, by CEPR Senior Research Associate and Cambridge University professor Ha-Joon Chang sparked a debate on development and macroeconomic policies on the Financial Times website. Economists including Edmund Phelps, Nobel laureate in Economics, Anne Krueger, former First Deputy Managing Director of the IMF, and others wrote responses to a book review by Martin Wolf, Financial Times Chief Economics Commentator. Chang responded as well.
 
Weisbrot on Freedom of the Press Print
Tuesday, 31 July 2007 14:18
Mark Weisbrot spoke on freedom of the press in Latin America as part of a panel at a National Press Club event that included journalists from Mexico and Venezuela and representatives from the Due Process of Law Foundation and the Washington Office on Latin America.
 
Weisbrot Discusses Role of IFIs in Economic Failure of Developing Countries Print
Monday, 30 July 2007 14:17
Mark Weisbrot was invited to speak by the Heinrich Böll Foundation as part of the foundation's Summer School on Gender and Macroeconomics . He discussed the role of international financial institutions (IFI's) in the long-term economic failure of developing countries.
 
Baker Debates Steuerle on Social Security Reform Print
Tuesday, 24 July 2007 14:16
Dean Baker debated C. Eugene Steuerle, senior fellow at the Urban Institute, on the questionable urgency of Social Security reform. The event, hosted by the Urban Institute, was very well attended and the two discussed such topics as spousal benefits, the role of health care costs, and increasing the age of retirement. Both agreed to promoting honesty and accuracy in the Social Security debate.
 
The Motherhood Manifesto Print
Thursday, 19 July 2007 14:16
Over 30 DC-area residents (and some of their children) attended a screening of "The Motherhood Manifesto" co-sponsored by CEPR. Steffany Stern, National Partnership for Women and Families, introduced the film and gave an overview of proposed state and national legislation to set a minimum number of paid sick days for workers. After the film, Liz Chimienti moderated a discussion with Karen Minatelli, DC Employment Justice Center, on local campaigns to improve work/family balance, including the Paid Sick and Safe Days Act of 2007.
 
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