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October 21, 2014

12:30-2:20 PM
How Private Equity Firms Manage Labor and Employment Relations

MIT Sloan School of Management
Building E62-346
Cambridge, MA

Eileen Appelbaum (Center for Economic and Policy Research) & Rosemary Batt (Cornell University) will discuss the groundbreaking analysis of a hotly contested business model as presented in their new book, Private Equity at Work. They document that while private equity firms have had positive effects on the operations and growth of small and mid-sized companies and in turning around failing companies, the interventions of private equity more often than not lead to significant negative consequences for many businesses and workers. This is an unprecedented analysis of the little-understood inner workings of private equity and of the effects of leveraged buyouts on American companies and workers.

 

October 16, 2014

'Financialisation' - What Does It Mean for Work and Employment?

College Court
Knighton Road
Leicester, UK, LE2 3UF

The UK and USA led the way in the 1970s and 1980s in creating the conditions for a new global financial system, but our understanding of the effects upon the world of work and the shifting relationship between work and finance remains limited. There has been much discussion of the growing complexity and instability of financial models, but very little scrutiny of how the financial world affects the real economy. How does financialisation impact on the productivity, prospects and well-being of people at work? Hedge funds, private equity firms, and sovereign wealth funds are at the centre of debates on the imposition of the priorities of financial capitalism on established regimes of managerial capitalism, but are these intermediaries innovators or predators in business and people management strategies? Do they diminish the quality of production and service provision and the productivity and well-being of the workforce?

Professor Ian Clark works at the Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures where Professor Eileen Appelbaum is a visiting professor.

 

October 13, 2014


10:30-11:30 AM
National Council on Teacher Retirement Annual Conference

JW Marriott
10 S West Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

CEPR's Dean Baker will be speaking on a panel about "Retirement Challenges" at the 92nd annual conference of the National Council on Teacher Retirement, along with Diane Oakley of the National Institute on Retirement Security and Dallas Salisbury of the Employee Benefit Research Institute and moderated by Jack Ehnes of CalSTRS. 


Only members of NCTR may attend the conference.  For more information about the conference as well as registration and membership fees, click here.

 

 October 11, 2014

11:00am-12:30pm

The Impact of the BRICS’ Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) and the New Development Bank (NDB)

World Bank I Building
1850 I St NW, Room I2-210
Washington, DC 20006

Panelists: Mark Weisbrot (Center for Economic and Policy Research), Nancy Alexander (Heinrich Boell Foundation), Aldo Caliari (Center of Concern)
Chair: Deborah James, Center for Economic and Policy Research

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October 1, 2014

12:00 PM
Rethinking Housing Bubbles: The Role of Household and Bank Balance Sheets in Modeling Economic Cycles

Hayek Auditorium
CATO Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001-5403

Featuring the authors Vernon L. Smith, Laureate 2002, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences and Professor, Chapman University; and Steven D. Gjerstad, Presidential Fellow, Chapman University; with comments by Dean Baker, Co-founder, Center for Economic and Policy Research; moderated by Mark A. Calabria, Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute.

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September 30, 2014

Unaccompanied Minors: Undocumented Immigrants, Refugees or Asylum Seekers?

2:00pm-3:30pm
Room 1026/28, SEIU Conference Center

This event will be a panel discussion focusing on the current crisis at the border involving Children Immigrants.  The approach being to frame a sociological and historical context that gives the audience a better understanding of the US Foreign Policies and intergovernmental relationships that have led to the way these children are being labeled, viewed and treated.

Panelists (3 Panelists + 1 Facilitator):

 

  • Sylvia Ruiz, Immigration Justice Director (Facilitator)

  • Alexander Main, CEPR

  • Lucero Ortiz, Volunteer/Lawyer

  • Yamilex Rustrian, Daughter of USWW Janitor Annabella Aguirre

 

 

September 24, 2014

2:30 PM
Revisiting the Role of U.S. Trade and Economic Policies in the Central America Refugee Situation

AFL-CIO Headquarters (Murray Green Room)
815 16th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

The AFL-CIO, CWA, and the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) invite you to a conversation, featuring Dana Frank, UC Santa Cruz; Celeste Drake, AFL-CIO; and Deborah James, CEPR, exploring the human rights violations behind the influx of unaccompanied minors and refugees into the United States from Central America. Ongoing human rights violations in the region, crushing poverty, and failure of some Central American governments to protect the lives of their citizens are so extreme that many see little choice but to undertake a life-threatening journey hoping for a better future. Unfortunately, flawed U.S foreign, trade, and economic policies have exacerbated dangerous conditions in these countries, breeding desperation.

 

September 23, 2014

12:00-1:30PM
BRICS Bank: A Challenge to Bretton Woods or More of the Same?

Institute for Policy Studies
IPS Conference Room
1112 16th Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036

Join the Institute for Policy Studies, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Center for Civil Society for a progressive and healthy public examination of differences over the emerging transcontinental economic bloc between Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

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September 18, 2014

6:30-8:00PM
Economist Ha-Joon Chang signs/discusses “Economics: The User’s Guide”

Busboys and Poets (5th & K)
1025 5th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Author, economist, and CEPR associate Ha-Joon Chang will appear at Busboys & Poets for a book signing and discussion of his new book Economics: The User's Guide. He will be joined by CEPR co-Director Mark Weisbrot.

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September 14, 2014

5:30pm - 7:00pm
Changing the Way Economics is Taught and Practiced in Business and Policy

The New School
66 West 12th Street
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 
Classrooms: 404, 406, 407, 410, 510

Dean Baker will address the need for reforming the way economic models and economic thinking influence  public policy, in turn offering tractable solutions; and Neva Goodwin will provide a blueprint for reforming the economics curriculum so as to make it more pluralistic and reflective.

Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC
Neva Goodwin, Co-Director of the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University

 
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