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IFIWatchers Print
Thursday, 05 April 2007 13:28
Dean Baker discussed the current state of international lending and international financial institutions (IFI’s) as part of an opening panel at the Inaugural North American IFIWatchers meeting in Washington, DC. He was joined on the panel by Smitu Kothari, Intercultural Resources and Princeton University, and Bruce Rich of Environmental Defense. Manish Bapna, Executive Director of the Bank Information Center, moderated the discussion, which was attended by over 40 representatives of organizations working on IFI issues.
 
Briding the Gaps in Seattle Print
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 13:28
Heather Boushey and Liz Chimienti met with a dozen researchers in Seattle to discuss the methodology and initial findings for the Bridging the Gaps project. The meeting was coordinated by our project partner, Seattle Jobs Initiative. The Washington state report will be released this summer.
 
Bridging the Gaps in New York Print
Thursday, 22 March 2007 13:28
The Bridging the Gaps project is picking up steam in New York. Working with the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI), Heather Boushey and Liz Chimienti presented the project's research goals and received helpful feedback from over 30 researchers and advocates in Albany and New York City. In addition, FPI's Deputy Director James Parrott arranged for Heather and Liz to brief the staff of New York City's Center for Economic Opportunity on the project — and the possibility of generating specific data for New York City. Given the large population of city, Bridging the Gaps researchers believe it may be feasible to get that level of detail (with relatively large standard errors). Over the next few weeks, the Bridging the Gaps team will incorporate recent feedback and finalize the New York state research. The Fiscal Policy Institute will work with its allies to determine when and how the New York state report will be released.
 
Latin America Analysis Print
Tuesday, 13 March 2007 13:27
In response to President Bush's trip to Latin America, CEPR's international team -- Dan Beeton, Jeremy Bigwood, Belen Cadena, Luis Sandoval and Mark Weisbrot -- has been busy providing analysis and commentary on the Latin American economy. See press interviews and other resources on our Latin America webpage.
 
Baker on Effects of Housing Bubble Print
Sunday, 11 March 2007 13:26
In a presentation at the 23rd Annual Washington Economic Policy Conference, Dean Baker discussed the effects that the housing bubble has on mortgages and potentially will have as prices return to historically-standard levels. Other members of the panel were Douglas Ducan, Chief Economist, Mortgage Bankers Associaiton of America, and Anthony Yezer, Professor of Economics at the George Washington University. The panel was moderated by Carl Tannenbaum, Chief Economist, LaSalle Bank. The National Association for Business Economics and the Association for University Business and Economic Research hosted the conference.
 
Ecumenical Advocacy Days Print
Saturday, 10 March 2007 13:25
Mark Weisbrot spoke at the fifth annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Crystal City, VA, on the economic and political changes taking place in Latin America. Over 1,000 international faith leaders and activists were part of the four-day event.
 
Weisbrot on WTO Print
Friday, 23 February 2007 13:25
Mark Weisbrot spoke at a briefing on the World Trade Organization (WTO) for Congressional staff. He discussed the shrinking gains from trade that are to be expected from a successful Doha Round of WTO negotiations, and weighed them against the potential losses to developing countries. Mark pointed out that - according to the World Bank's research - developing countries have very little to gain from the further trade liberalization that would be required under the Doha Round, while they would meanwhile have to make costly changes, including adopting new rules and tariff reductions that would limit their development options.
 
Baker Dicusses Book in San Francisco Print
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 13:25
Dean Baker discussed his book, The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer, at the Modern Times Bookstore in San Francisco.
 
2007 Report on Illinois Poverty Print
Thursday, 15 February 2007 13:24
As part of CEPR's Bridging the Gaps initiative, the Chicago-based organization Heartland Alliance released its 2007 Report on Illinois Poverty. The report describes income gains for poor and middle-income Illinois families, including eligibility gap findings for food stamps, housing support and TANF. Bridging the Gaps is a partnership of state and national groups that measures how much it costs for families to make ends meet -- and examines how they are coping. The partner states are Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Washington and the District of Columbia.
 
CEPR Expanding Print
Thursday, 15 February 2007 13:24
CEPR is expanding! We are excited to announce a new partnership with Inclusion. Through policy papers, research, op-eds and a blog, Inclusion advances a progressive long-term vision for producing a fairer, more sustainable world -- including improved wages, job quality, benefits, opportunities and more. Inclusion co-founders Shawn Fremstad, Rachel Gragg and Margy Waller have, between them, worked for the White House Domestic Policy Council in the Clinton Administration, Senator Paul Wellstone, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Brookings Institution and the Center for Community Change.
 
Roberto Frenkel, a New Senior Research Associate Print
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 13:23
CEPR is pleased to welcome a new Senior Research Associate, economist Roberto Frenkel. He is Principal Research Associate at the State and Society Research Center (Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad—CEDES) and Professor at the University of Buenos Aires (Universidad de Buenos Aires) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Today, CEPR released his article, Argentina: The Central Bank in the Foreign Exchange Market. The original article (in Spanish) was published in La Nación on December 31, 2006. For more information on Roberto Frenkel, see his biography or his full CV (in Spanish).
 
Boushey Moderates Panel on Work/Family Class Issues Print
Friday, 02 February 2007 13:22
Heather Boushey moderated a panel on work/family class issues at a Barnard College conference, The Work/Family Dilemma: A Better Balance. The event featured a variety of speakers discussing low-income working women, the difficulties they face in supporting their families, and future policy proposals.
 
Baker on the Causes of Economic Hardhip for the Middle Class Print
Wednesday, 31 January 2007 13:21

Dean Baker submitted testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee hearing, The Causes of Economic Hardship for the Middle Class. Dean argues that the upward redistribution of wealth over the last 25 years was primarily the result of policy changes and not simply the natural workings of the market. He discusses four policy areas that should be improved: trade and immigration, Federal Reserve Board, labor-management, and corporate governance.

 
SIPP Funded for Another Year Print
Tuesday, 30 January 2007 13:20
After a year of drafting letters and organizing researchers to oppose the elimination of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), we are pleased that Congress has fully funded the SIPP for another year. More on the SIPP can be found at http://www.ceprdata.org/savesipp/index.php.
 
Weisbrot on Venezuela Print
Monday, 29 January 2007 13:19

Mark Weisbrot participated in a Financial Times online chat on Venezuela with FT's Latin America editor Richard Lapper and economist Francisco Rodríguez (includes transcript).

 
Capitalism 3.0 Print
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 13:19

CEPR Board Member Peter Barnes, co-founder of Working Assets, came to Washington, DC this week to discuss his new book, Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons. At the bookstore cafe Busboys and Poets, he talked about his vision for fixing capitalism to protect the commons and share resources for environmental and social goods.

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CEPR Director of Finance and Administration Nicole Woo presents Peter Barnes with a CEPR t-shirt.

 
Boushey and Chimienti Discuss Bridging the Gaps in NC Print
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 13:17
CEPR's Heather Boushey and Liz Chimienti joined John Quinterno from the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center to discuss the Bridging the Gaps project with researchers and advocates in Raleigh, Charlotte and Asheville, NC. Heather presented initial findings on the number of people eligible and receiving six public work supports in North Carolina. She also received feedback on the project from several of the governor’s staff. The trip was covered in the Asheville Citizen-Times.
 
Baker and Boushey at Allied Social Sciences Association Conference Print
Tuesday, 09 January 2007 13:17
Dean Baker and Heather Boushey traveled to Chicago last week to participate in the Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) conference. Heather gave two presentations. In the first, she joined Randy Albelda from the University of Massachusetts-Boston to present the initial findings of the Bridging the Gaps project: Bridging the Gaps: Can Single Mothers Package Earnings and Government Benefits to Make Ends Meet? Heather's second talk, The Wage-Curve: Cognitive Ability, Schooling, Race, Unemployment Probabilities and the Black-White Wage Gap, was presented with William M. Rodgers, III from Rutgers University and William E. Spriggs from Howard University.
 
Schmitt in Barcelona Print
Friday, 05 January 2007 13:16
For the next six weeks, John Schmitt will be working for CEPR from Barcelona, where he will be teaching at the Pompeu Fabra University. John has been a visiting professor there since 1999. This year he'll be giving two courses, one on political economy and another on labor markets.
 
CEPR's 2006 Holidary Party Print
Thursday, 14 December 2006 13:15
Thanks to Public Citizen for hosting our annual holiday party, and to CEPR's friends and supporters for helping us celebrate!
 
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