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June 4, 2013

A Bold Approach to the Jobs Emergency: Setting the Political Agenda for 2014 and 2016

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
20 F Street Conference Center
20 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

There is a jobs emergency in the United States. The American people need new thinking on jobs and immediate and comprehensive action toward a better, fairer system of work, achieved through the collective efforts of diverse thinkers with strong progressive ideas. The Roosevelt Institute's Rediscovering Government Initiative hosted a daylong conference exploring the roles of government, policy, and activism in addressing historic levels of unemployment and economic misery. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a 9:30 a.m. panel on "Getting to Full Employment," and CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt took part in a 1:45 p.m. session titled "Is Education the Answer?"


May 30, 2013

Obama in Latin America: The U.S. Response to the Region’s Leftward Shift

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1539 Longworth House Office Building
Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street
Washington, D.C. 20003

In the past decade and a half, Latin America and especially South America have experienced unprecedented political change. This briefing looked at how the U.S. administration has responded to the region’s shifting political dynamics and offered recommendations for improving U.S. relations with the rest of the hemisphere. Panelists included CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot; Laura Carlsen, Director of the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy; Miguel Tinker Salas, Professor of Latin American Studies at Pomona College; and John Lindsay Poland, Co-director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation Task Force on Latin America and the Caribbean. Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) co-hosted. A video of the event is available below or after the jump.


May 23, 2013

Venezuelan Elections and the Institutionalization of Participatory Democracy

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Busboys and Poets, 14th and V
Langston Room
2021 14th Street Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20009

In honor of Venezuela Week at Busboys and Poets, the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic together with Busboys and Poets held a panel discussion on Venezuelan democracy and the presidential elections that took place in that country last month. CEPR Senior Associate for International Policy Alexander Main took part in the discussion. Other panelists included James Gomez, international relations director for the Rainbow Push Coalition, and Dawn Gable, assistant director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas. For more information, visit the event website.


April 30, 2013

Venezuela after Chávez

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
The International Celso Furtado Center for Development Studies
Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil

How is Venezuela after the death of Hugo Chávez? was the question raised at an event in Rio de Janeiro by the International Celso Furtado Policy Development in partnership with CartaCapital. The debate "The post-Chavez Venezuela" brought together experts to discuss the political, economic and social integration of the neighboring country in Latin America. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot took part in the discussion. A video of the event can be found below or after the jump.


April 22, 2013

Brown Bag: Venezuela's Electoral System and the Results of The Presidential Elections

12 - 2 p.m.
Room MC - C1 - 100
1112 16th Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20036

At an IPS event moderated by Foreign Policy in Focus Director Emira Woods, human and labor rights lawyer Dan Kovalik and CEPR's Alexander Main shared their experiences monitoring the 2013 Venezeulan elections and provided the audience with their organizations’ findings and suggestions that were made to the National Electoral Council after the election. Audio of the event is available below or after the jump.


April 17, 2013

What Next for the Eurozone? Macroeconomic Policy and the Recession

4 p.m.
The World Bank
Room MC - C1 - 100
1818 H St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

The eurozone is mired in its second recession in three years, and the most recent IMF projections show a decline in GDP for 2013. Unemployment has hit a record level of 11.9 percent for the eurozone, with Greece and Spain having jobless rates of 26 percent. The risks of a serious financial crisis in the eurozone have subsided considerably since last year, but remain significant enough to possibly affect world economic growth and employment. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot took part in a forum that looked at macroeconomic policy in the eurozone and the challenges to restoring employment and growth. Participants also included Prakash Loungani — an advisor in the IMF’s Research Department, co-chair of the IMF’s Working Group on Jobs and Growth, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s council on employment issues — and Jo Marie Griesgraber, executive director of the New Rules for Global Finance Coalition.


April 17, 2013

The Great Recession: The Forces that Make it Great

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Colorado State University
A101 Clark
1126-1298 Central Avenue Mall
Fort Collins, CO, 80521

More than five years after it began the effects of the recession continue to linger. The economy is still down almost 9 million jobs from its trend growth path. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker, a prolific blogger and columnist, took part in a discussion on why the Great Recession was so painful and what we can do to get the economy back up to speed. For more information, visit the event website.


April 8, 2013

The Safety Net, Sequestration and Austerity Politics

5:30 - 9 p.m.
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Richard Harris Terrace
199 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10013

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel discussion on the history and importance of the Social Security safety net. Other panelists included James Parrott of the Fiscal Policy Institute, Frances Fox Piven of the CUNY Grad Center and Michael Zweig of SUNY Stony Brook and U.S. Labor Against the War. The event was organized by the Professional Staff Congress—CUNY. For more information, visit the event website.


March 28, 2013

Rhode Map to Economic Progress

8:30 a.m. - noon
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet
60 Rhodes Pl
Cranston, RI 02905

Is the American Dream slipping away for too many Rhode Islanders? Recent data on financial security finds that many residents cannot afford to meet their basic needs, let alone save for a home, college, or retirement. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker was the keynote speaker at a conference aimed at presenting data and discussing policy solutions that would help working families get ahead. More information about the event is available here.


March 11, 2013

Cost-of-Living Adjustments and Federal Benefits: Understanding the Full Implications of Change

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Capitol Visitor Center
Room SVC 203-02
Southeast Drive
Washington, D.C. 20004

Benefits from Social Security and other federal programs are regularly increased based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).  Adopting either of two proposed new CPI measures would have large effects on benefit levels.  Use of the chained CPI would reduce annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs).  Use of the CPI-E, designed to reflect the purchases of older Americans, would increase COLAs. What do we know about the groups that will be affected by a change? How will use of the chained CPI or the CPI-E affect Social Security beneficiaries over time? How will a change affect veterans, Americans with disabilities, and people with very low incomes? AARP sponsored a discussion on how the federal government measures the cost of living and how changes being considered will impact a range of government programs that serve tens of millions of Americans. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in the briefing, along with Stephen Goss, chief actuary at the Social Security Administration; Sita Slavov, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; and Rebecca Vallas, staff attorney at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia. You can watch the briefing on C-SPAN.

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