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Sunshine Week Print
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 18:27

It's Sunshine Week -- a national initiative to improve the transparency of government records and data. Senior economist Heather Boushey took part in the initiative by speaking at a Heritage Foundation panel discussion, "What if the Answers Don't Add Up: Transparency and Government Data." She highlighted the importance of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), which is slated for elimination in the President's FY07 budget.


The other panelists at the event were Mark Tapscott (not pictured), director of the Heritage's Center for Media and Public Policy and Kirk Johnson and David Mulhausen, both senior policy analysts at Heritage's Center for Data Analysis.

In other news for the day, Mark Weisbrot and Claudio Loser, visiting senior fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue, and former Western Hemisphere Director at the International Monetary Fund spoke at a press breakfast discussion entitled, Latin America’s Electoral Leftward Shift: The Importance of Economic Growth at the Old Ebbitt Grill. Economic and finance policy reporters from the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Reuters, and the Associated Press attended the event. (Read the transcript from the event.)

Persistent Inequality in the US Print
Wednesday, 08 March 2006 05:25
CEPR Senior Economist Heather Boushey was invited to participate in a Wall Street Journal Online Feature debating the ramifications of persistent inequality in the US with Russell Roberts of George Mason University. Heather argues "Over the past 30 years, we have seen inequality rise along all three dimensions -- wages, incomes and wealth -- and it shows no signs of slowing. As a result, income and wealth is becoming increasingly concentrated in the hands of a relatively small, elite group."
Still Saving the SIPP Print
Monday, 06 March 2006 18:23
CEPR has been busy working to save the Survey for Income and Program Participation (SIPP), an extremely valuable source of data for social science researchers. The president’s FY07 budget calls for elimination of the Census survey, effective September 2006. To see what we've been doing to keep this data source, visit the “Save the SIPP” page on the ceprDATA website. On Wednesday, CEPR sent a letter to Congress from over 400 researchers opposing the survey's elimination. CEPR is currently collecting signatures for a similar sign-on letter from organizations.
National Solidarity Confernce on Venezuela Print
Saturday, 04 March 2006 16:22
Mark Weisbrot presented on the current state of U.S.-Latin American relations and the 25-year economic failure in Latin America as part of the opening panel for the first National Solidarity Conference on Venezuela at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Other speakers on the panel included Antonio Gonzales, President of the Southwest Voter Registration Project and Bill Fletcher, President, TransAfrica Forum. Dan Hellinger, Chair of the Political Science Department at Webster University, moderated the panel. Mark also presented a more detailed workshop on the Latin American economies to an overflow crowd later in the day.
Boushey Met with Dutch Officials Print
Friday, 03 March 2006 18:21
Heather Boushey met with Netherland's Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, Aart Jan de Geus, and other Dutch officials to discuss her work on women’s labor force participation and childcare. They will be using CEPR's analysis to help create more family-friendly government policies in the Netherlands. Also in attendance were Maarten Anthony Ruijs, Secretary General for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, Peter Stein, Head of Section Labor and Care, and Elke Merks-Schaapveld, First Secretary for Economic Affairs.
Boushey and Chimienti in Houston Print
Wednesday, 22 February 2006 18:19
Economist Heather Boushey and policy analyst Liz Chimienti escaped DC’s cold weather by meeting in Houston with our Texas partners in CEPR’s Bridging the Gaps project. This innovative program is investigating the "effective coverage" of social policy – by examining how many families eligible for social assistance are actually receiving benefits. While in Texas, Heather and Liz will be presenting initial findings on effective coverage and gathering feedback from our Texas partners for the next phases of research.
The 2003 Medicare Modernization Act Print
Tuesday, 21 February 2006 18:16
Today, CEPR and the Institute for America's Future jointly released a report, The Excess Cost of the Medicare Drug Benefit. The report, written by Dean Baker, finds that provisions in the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act designed to benefit private insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry will cost taxpayers over $800 billion over the next decade. You can check out the press release by the Institute for America's Future here.
Weisbrot in Bolivia Print
Monday, 20 February 2006 13:06
Mark Weisbrot traveled to La Paz, Bolivia from February 16-19, to present CEPR’s analysis to hundreds of government officials, NGO’s, business people, and other members of civil society. Other presenters from the United States included Jeff Vogt, Senior Associate for Rights and Development for the Washington Office on Latin America, Lori Wallach, Executive Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, and Steve Suppan, Director of Research for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.  Mark also met with other members of the government and NGOs. You can see CEPR's briefing paper on Bolivia's economic situation here.
Detroit News; Schmitt Guest Lecturing Print
Friday, 17 February 2006 15:01

thumb_detroit_news_2006_02_16CEPR made the front page of the Detroit News! "Auto Cuts Slam Blacks" (Feb. 16, 2006) highlighted our recent report, "The Decline in African-American Representation in Unions and Auto Manufacturing, 1979-2004," and its effect on local auto manufacturing employees. The report, by John Schmitt and Ben Zipperer, coincided with Ford's announcement of layoffs and has picked up a lot of media coverage. John has appeared on several radio shows, including WGNU in St. Louis and WBAI in New York.

In other news, John Schmitt is guest lecturing at Johns Hopkins University for a class in the Masters Degree in Public Health this afternoon. He will be talking about economic inequality in the United States and the economic and political forces contributing to it.

Save the SIPP Print
Thursday, 16 February 2006 11:01
The President's FY2007 budget calls for the elimination the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). CEPR is circulating a sign-on letter to researchers, particularly SIPP users, who are concerned about access to quality government microdata. If you are a social science researcher and would like to see the letter to consider signing it, please click here. Tentative closing for the sign-on letter is March 1, 2006. 
Weisbrot on Capitol Hill Print
Friday, 10 February 2006 16:00
Mark Weisbrot was back on Capitol Hill this afternoon to speak at a Congressional staff meeting sponsored by Congressman Raul Grijalva. The event, Venezuela, the United States, and the Americas: Fact and Fiction, was well attended, and staffers from over 20 Members of Congress (from both sides of the aisle) were present.
Boushey on How Research Impacts Policy Print
Friday, 03 February 2006 17:59
Heather Boushey spoke today at the Business and Professional Women's 2006 Policy & Action Conference on the subject, How Research Impacts Policy. Having several examples to choose from, she discussed CEPR's work on Social Security, the minimum wage, and John Schmitt and Dean Baker's new paper on the Current Population Survey. Joining Heather on the panel were Sherryn Craig (American Cancer Society), Samir Luther (Human Rights Campaign Foundation), and Ana Unruh Cohen (Center for American Progress). Heather also presented a poster at the conference on her paper "Are Women Opting Out? Debunking the Myth," which was very well received.
Breaking Through the Noise of Democracy Print
Friday, 03 February 2006 17:56
Mark Weisbrot traveled to Capitol Hill this afternoon to participate in the Georgetown Public Policy Institute's 12th annual public policy conference, Breaking Through the Noise of Democracy: Uniting Policy and Politics to Strike the Right Chord for Social Good. Mark spoke on a panel entitled, "How Can Uniting Local and Global Interests Advance Pro-poor Growth?" to a standing-room-only audience. Other panelists included Vijaya Ramachandran (assistant professor for public policy, Georgetown University), Robert Holzmann (Director for Social Protection, World Bank), Anwar Ibrahim (former Finance Minister of Malaysia), and Andrew S. Natsios (immediate past Director, USAID).
Economic Reforms in Latin America Print
Wednesday, 01 February 2006 17:44
Mark Weisbrot presented on the economic reforms of the last 25 years in Latin America, and the diminished influence of the IMF, at the 6th Polycentric World Social Forum – Americas and the 2nd Americas Social Forum that took place from January 25-29. Over one hundred people attended this workshop.
CEPR Staff Sign New Union Contract Print
Friday, 27 January 2006 17:46

In a small ceremony involving beer and brownies, CEPR's union and management this afternoon signed the much-anticipated 2006-2007 union contract. CEPR employees have been proud members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local #70, AFL-CIO, since 2003. (Co-director Dean Baker was himself a founding member of Local 70 in the late 1990s.)




Weisbrot Discusses the State of U.S.-Latin American Relations Print
Tuesday, 24 January 2006 13:18
At a press breakfast in Washington, DC, Mark Weisbrot discussed the state of U.S.-Latin American relations with Dr. Riordan Roett, Director of Western Hemisphere Studies for the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). They examined how a new wave of Latin American leaders is changing the face of the region and its relations with the U.S., multilateral institutions, international financial markets, and foreign investors, while at the same time, U.S. influence in the region has waned significantly under the Bush administration. Audio files available.
Unions and African Americans Print
Tuesday, 24 January 2006 12:42
More union news: CEPR released a briefing paper that details some of the effects of the shrinking auto manufacturing industry: "The Decline in African-American Representation in Unions and Auto Manufacturing, 1979-2004." The brief finds that layoffs in the auto industry will disproportionately hurt African Americans. You can find the accompanying press release here.
Annual Union Byte Print
Friday, 20 January 2006 13:41
CEPR produced a Union Byte, an analysis of the annual "Union Members" report, which is released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report details union membership over the course of the previous year. John Schmitt and Ben Zipperer, co-authors of the Byte, point out some amazing news: For the first time ever, manufacturing workers are no more likely to be represented by a union than the average U.S. worker. This observation challenges the conventional perception that manufacturing workers are more likely to be members of a union than any other employment sector.
Medicare Part D Print
Wednesday, 18 January 2006 17:40

CEPR economist Dean Baker participated in a health care briefing organized by representative John Conyers in an event called "The New Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program: Problems & Solutions." Dean spoke on a panel with other experts on the new Medicare program, including Roger Hickey (Campaign for America's Future), Dr. Elena Rios (National Hispanic Medical Association), Gwynn Gillenwater (American Association for People with Disabilities), Edward King (National Senior Citizens Law Center), and Carolyn Rachel (DC Department of Health). Dean presented findings from his paper, The Savings from an Efficient Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, to a standing-room only audience in the Rayburn House Office Building.

To learn more about the new Medicare program, you can read the paper or check out Dean's op-ed, published in the Sacramento Bee on November 25, 2005: Bush Drug Plan an Expensive, Complicated Turkey.

Baker and Boushey to Participate in Annual Meeting of ASSA Print
Friday, 06 January 2006 17:38

Dean Baker and Heather Boushey travel north to Boston to participate in the annual meeting of the Allied Social Science Associations from January 6-8. You can check out the conference here: Program Announcement

Heather will be presenting three different papers, and Dean will be a respondent at two panels.

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