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May 24, 2011

Sustainable Capitalism: A Symposium

Noon
Healy Hall
Georgetown University
37th & O Streets NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

The Kalmanovitz Institute, Georgetown University and the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations sponsored a symposium titled "Sustainable Capitalism." CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a discussion with Andy Stern, Georgetown Public Policy Institute and William Greider, The Nation Magazine. The symposium's agenda can be found here.

 

May 23, 2011

Is There a Public Pension Crisis?

12:00-1:00pm
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045

Estimates of state and local government liabilities owed to public pension beneficiaries range from hundreds of billions of dollars to more than $3 trillion. Experts disagree over the proper assumptions for measuring these liabilities. Usually a long-term problem, now governments are seeing near-term negative effects on their budgets. How important is pension reform for the fiscal health of state and local governments? Does the public pension situation constitute a crisis? And if so, what steps should we be taking to address it? All these questions were discussed and debated in this forum (video). Panelists included Josh Barro (Walter B. Wriston Fellow & Editor of PublicSector.org at the Manhattan Institute), Andrew Biggs (Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute), Dean Baker (Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research), and Elizabeth McNichol (Senior Fellow at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities). This event was moderated by Charles Lane of the Washington Post.


 

May 13, 2011

Crossing the American Crises: From Collapse to Action

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Festival Center
1640 Columbia Road, NW
Washington D.C., DC 20009

From the makers of Beyond Elections, this new feature-length documentary takes viewers across the country amidst the economic collapse, to the grassroots solutions in the hands of the people. On September 15, 2008, the United States fell into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The same day filmmakers Sílvia Leindecker and Michael Fox set out on a trip around the country to ask the "American" people what they had to say about it. In 2010, they went back to see how things had changed. While financial forecasters say the recession is over, Leindecker's and Fox’s Crossing the American Crises: From Collapse to Action shows that the reality is otherwise.

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May 11, 2011

Women's Job Loss in the Recession and Recovery: Why are Men Gaining More Jobs than Women?

Noon
The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
10 G Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

As part of the Roundtable on Women and the Economy's next meeting, CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum took part in a discussion on job loss in the recession and how it has affected women. Other participants included Heather Boushey from the Center for American Progress and Heidi Shierholz from the Economic Policy Institute. Martha Burk, director of the Corporate Accountability Project, National Council of Women's Organizations, and former Senior Policy Adviser for Women's Issues to Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico, also spoke about "New Mexico's Contract Compliance Program: Achieving Pay Equity for Women."

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May 9, 2011

Federal Reserve for the 21st Century: Employment, Consumer Protection, and the Future of Financial Regulation

9:10 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
New America Foundation
1899 L St NW, Suite 400
Washington D.C., DC 20036

Despite recent job growth numbers, uncertainty continues to pervade the economy. This will challenge the Federal Reserve Board of Governors to manage a complex balance sheet. Further complicating the landscape is the subsequent role of a new Financial Stability Oversight Board and the work-in-progress of implementing Dodd-Frank financial reform. Much responsibility for overseeing the functioning of a dynamic, stable, and sustainable economy will remain with the Federal Reserve. The Roosevelt Institute held an event on the future of the Federal Reserve, day two of a two-day event. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a discussion on "Restoring Growth and Full Employment." A video of the event is available below or after the jump.

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May 6, 2011

Leaves that Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
UC Berkeley School of Law
Goldberg Room
215 Boalt Hall
Berkeley, California, 94704

A study by CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman, professor of sociology at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center and academic director of CUNY's Murphy Labor Institute, shows that California’s Paid Family Leave program – which offers paid leave to workers when they take time off to care for a new child or sick family member – has received high marks from employers and employees alike since its implementation six years ago. The authors call for an expansion of Paid Family Leave to build on its early successes, and for efforts to promote increased awareness of it across California.

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May 5, 2011

Leaves that Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
UCLA Labor Center
675 South Park View Street
Los Angeles, California, 90057

A study by CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman, professor of sociology at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center and academic director of CUNY's Murphy Labor Institute, shows that California’s Paid Family Leave program – which offers paid leave to workers when they take time off to care for a new child or sick family member – has received high marks from employers and employees alike since its implementation six years ago. The authors call for an expansion of Paid Family Leave to build on its early successes, and for efforts to promote increased awareness of it across California.

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May 2, 2011

Latin America in the Obama Years: U.S. Intervention, Policy and Progress

7:00 p.m.
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Union
Room 191
3400 North Maryland Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211-2903

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot took part in a discussion on Latin America and U.S. policy toward the region, as well as Oliver Stone's documentary "South of the Border." Stone recruited Mark to help provide deeper background on the film. They began their journey at the northern end of the continent in Venezuela, spending several days interviewing Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez before heading south to interview other progressive heads-of-state including Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner (Argentina), Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raúl Castro (Cuba), among others. Out of these interviews emerged an entertaining and trenchant exposé of the mainstream media, and an invigorating portrait of a continent at the cross-roads of change and a new generation of leaders with a collective determination to set their own political course. The event was sponsored by the Latin America Solidarity Committee Milwaukee; Progressive Students of Milwaukee; & Peace Action Wisconsin, www.peaceactionwi.org. For more information, call 414-507-3745.
 

April 27, 2011

The Politics of the Nation’s Debt

6:30 p.m.
University of Virginia
Special Collections Library
Harrison Auditorium
105 Emmet St N
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

The University of Virginia Center for Politics held a forum called "The Politics of the Nation’s Debt" to discuss the present-day politics and economics related to the federal government’s debt. The discussion aimed to shed some light on the political maneuvering conducted by both parties and present unfiltered truths about the debt. Findings from the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform were also discussed. The panel included former Senator Alan Simpson, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform; Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research; and David Walker, President of the Comeback America Initiative and former head of the GAO. A video of the event is available below or after the jump.

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April 24, 2011

FDL Book Salon: 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism

2:00 p.m. PST
Firedoglake

We may like or dislike capitalism, but surely we all know how it works. Right? Wrong. Today, most arguments about capitalism are dominated by free-market ideology and unfounded assumptions that parade as "facts." With the help of the "Dead Presidents" on the dollar bills, Walt Disney's "The Rescuers," an Indian bus driver named Ram, and sheep-burning French farmers, Ha-Joon Chang's new book, "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism" (Bloomsbury USA, January 2011), tells the story of capitalism as it is and shows how capitalism as we know it can be, and should be, made better. Ha-Joon, a senior research associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, took part in an online book salon on Firedoglake hosted by Jon Jeter, journalist and author of "Flat Broke in the Free Market: How Globalization Fleeced Working People." Visit Firedoglake for more info.

 
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