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September 24, 2011

Macro-Economic Policy in the Eurozone: Are There Alternatives to Slow Growth and High Unemployment?

Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Luc Everaert, Assistant Director for the European Department, IMF

This debate, which took place Sept. 24, 2011, provides a critical overview of the eurozone crisis. It is perhaps most remarkable in that Weisbrot offers a harsh critique of the policies that have been implemented by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and its partner European authorities (the European Commission and the European Central Bank) — an argument he also made recently in a column in The Guardian — and Everaert of the IMF does not offer much disagreement. “I also agree with Mark’s diagnosis of the problem. I think the problem is a policy failure,” Everaert admits at the beginning of his presentation (minute 1:09).

The two economists differ on the solution to the eurozone’s current problems. While Weisbrot proposes that fiscal and monetary policies can be used to stimulate struggling eurozone economies, such as in Greece, Everaert warns of the dangers of inflation. (Minute 10:13).

The debate recording is time-stamped with the main points made by both participants, so that listeners and viewers can move easily to their subjects of interest. The first 30 minutes of the debate are in audio only, with the rest in video.

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September 22, 2011

CANCELLED - The Bolivian Economic Model: Responses to the 2011 Economic Crisis

10 a.m.
Public Citizen

1600 20th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

The economic model that the government of President Evo Morales has applied since 2006 has allowed Bolivia to maintain economic growth while also focusing on the redistribution of income, social inclusion and respect towards nature, even within the context of the increase in petroleum and food prices following the financial crisis of 2008. In 2011, high volatility in the prices of raw materials, changes in international demand and exchange rate pressures of neighboring countries, are posing challenges for the economy.

In a discussion with Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Luis Arce, minister of economy and finances, and Bolivia's Governor to the IMF, will talk about the problems faced by Bolivia due to the crisis of 2011. Deborah James, director of international programs at CEPR, will moderate. 

 

September 18, 2011

Firedoglake Book Salon: Dean Baker's The End of Loser Liberalism

5 - 7 p.m EDT
firedoglake

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker participated in an online discussion on firedoglake for his new book, "The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive."

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September 15, 2011

Money Makes The World Go Around

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
County Administration Building

Room 3220
400 4th Street N
La Crosse, WI 54601

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in brown bag forum on the economy, financial speculation taxes and the misinformation behind the deficit. The event, which was free, was sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Center for Economic Development; Wisconsin Voices; Institute for Wisconsin’s Future; American Federation of Teachers - 212; Citizen Action of WI; Partnership for Working Families; We Are Milwaukee- We Are WI; WISDOM; SEIU; and Wisconsin AFL-CIO.

 

September 15, 2011

Money Makes The World Go Around

6 - 8:30 p.m.
The Plaza

1202 W. Clairemont Ave.
Eau Claire, WI

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a talk on the economy, financial speculation taxes and the misinformation behind the deficit. The event, which is free, is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Center for Economic Development; Wisconsin Voices; Institute for Wisconsin’s Future; American Federation of Teachers - 212; Citizen Action of WI; Partnership for Working Families; We Are Milwaukee- We Are WI; WISDOM; SEIU; and Wisconsin AFL-CIO.

 

September 15, 2011

The Andes Initiative Presents: Panel on "The Revolution in Venezuela"

6 - 7:30 p.m.
David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

S-250
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Is Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution under Hugo Chávez truly revolutionary? Most books and articles tend to view the Chávez government in an either-or fashion. Some see the president as the shining knight of twenty-first-century socialism, while others see him as an avenging Stalinist strongman. Despite passion on both sides, the Chávez government does not fall easily into a seamless fable of emancipatory or authoritarian history, as essays in the recent book The Revolution in Venezuela: Social and Political Change Under Chávez (Series on Latin American Studies) make clear.

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot took part in a panel discussion on the collection of essays. Other participants included Cathy Rakowski, associate professor of women's studies and rural sociology at Ohio State University, and Thomas Ponniah, professor at the school of liberal arts and sciences at George Brown College. More information on the event can be found here.

 

September 14, 2011

Money Makes The World Go Around

7 - 9 p.m.
Gordon Park Pavilion

2828 N. Humboldt Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53212

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a talk on the economy, financial speculation taxes and the misinformation behind the deficit. The event, which was free, was sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Center for Economic Development; Wisconsin Voices; Institute for Wisconsin’s Future; American Federation of Teachers - 212; Citizen Action of WI; Partnership for Working Families; We Are Milwaukee- We Are WI; WISDOM; SEIU; and Wisconsin AFL-CIO.

 

September 12, 2011

The Great Recession: How We Got Here and Prospects for Recovery

6 p.m.
Roosevelt University

Ganz Hall
430 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in the 18th Annual Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Lecture, with a presentation titled "The Great Recession: How We Got Here and Prospects for Recover." The event was sponsored by the Center for New Deal Studies at Roosevelt University; the Roosevelt Institute, Hyde Park, NY; and portoluz – building sanctuaries for progressive arts, WPA 2.0, a brand new deal

 

September 8, 2011

New Priorities for Public Finance – Achieving Policy Coherence to Strengthen the State, Reduce Inequality and Promote Sustainable Growth

2 p.m.
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Europabüro

Rue du Taciturne 38
Brussel, Belgium

The financial and economic crisis has significantly contributed to the deterioration of the fiscal condition of almost every G20 nation since the onset of the crisis. It is therefore time to discuss new priorities for public finance in the industrialized countries. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung hosted a selected group of international experts and policy makers to explore links between alternative economic models and new priorities for a progressive public finance policy. As part of the conference, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel discussion titled "Taxation and Fiscal Policy: Public Money for Public Goods? How to Strengthen the State."

 

August 16, 2011

Texas Municipal Retirement System Annual Training Seminar

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Austin

208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker presented findings from his paper, "The Origin and Severity of the Public Pension Crisis," in a seminar aimed at Texas Municipal Retirement System City Correspondents, administrative personnel, finance officers and other city decision-makers. Schedule information can be found here.

 
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