Whither Haiti after the Apocalypse? Responses to the Earthquake, the Cholera Epidemic and the Future
4 pm – 6 pm Georgia State University Troy Moore Library 9th Floor General Classroom Building 33 Gilmer St SE Atlanta, Georgia 30303
The Georgia State University Center for Human Rights and Democracy will host an academic conference on Haiti after the earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010 and the cholera epidemic that ensued. Leading experts on the country and international development will convene to discuss, share and assess the psychological responses and trauma, quality of global governance in response to the crisis, lessons learned, cultural and artistic expressions, quality of the response, recent two rounds of elections, and the challenges of the future. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot will take part in a panel discussion titled "Elections and Politics."
January 28, 2011
Venezuela from the Neutral Ground
4:45pm – 6:00pm Tulane University LBC Stibbs Conference Room 203, Uptown Campus 100 Jones Hall New Orleans, LA 70118
The Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the Tulane University Department of Political Science sponsored a symposium, titled "Venezuela from the Neutral Ground," to promote competing views on the "Chavista" phenomenon. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot participated in a panel session.
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January 27, 2011
Table Talk: "Attack on the Debt & Deficit: Who Wins? Who Loses?"
American University and the Kay Spiritual Life Center sponsored a panel discussion on the debt and deficit. Speakers included CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt; Aaron Goldstein, American University student and president of the Roosevelt Institute; and Roger Hickey of Campaign for America's Future. More information can be found on the event's webpage.
January 21, 2011
Transpartisan Dialog on Corporate Power: Americans as Citizens, Consumers and Employees
CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel discussion on corporate power in the United States as part of the larger For the People Summit taking place in Washington D.C. from Jan 20-22. Information can be found on the event's website.
Why the World Isn't Flat: The Truth About Globalization and the Secret History of Capitalism
Friday, February 1, 2008
12:30 - 2:00 PM New America Foundation Washington, DC
According to the conventional wisdom popularized by Thomas Friedman, countries can grow rich only by means of unfettered capitalism and pure free trade. In his controversial book, Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism, CEPR Senior Research Associate, Ha-Joon Chang takes aim at this orthodoxy. Combining irreverent wit with scholarly rigor, Chang shows that nations like the U.S. that achieved their present wealth by means of economic nationalism now preach an entirely different set of policies to the developing world, via the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organization. Chang calls on us not only to re-evaluate the policies we promote to countries seeking to grow rich, but also to become reacquainted with our own forgotten economic history.
This event was hosted and co-sponsored by the New America Foundation, and New America Foundation Whitehead Senior Fellow Michael Lind introduced Ha-Joon.
Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) is expected to make a decision soon regarding what will happen with the second round of presidential elections, following President Rene Preval’s receipt of a report from an OAS “Expert” Mission. The CEP may decide to proceed with an election between two candidates – either Mirlande Manigat and Jude Celestin, or between Manigat and Michel Martelly, as the OAS Mission recommends. Or, the CEP could decide that Haiti’s first round of elections were too deeply flawed, and the outcome indeterminate, and decide to re-do the first round of elections.
More families now have two parents that are full-time workers, making it increasingly important for them to have access to flexible workplace policies. In 2002, California became the first state to implement a paid family leave insurance program, providing workers with paid leave when they have a new child or need to care for a family member with a serious illness. This policy expanded California's temporary disability insurance program that already provided paid leave to seriously ill workers. The Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Center for Economic and Policy Research hosted a panel that showcased research on the implementation and effectiveness of California's legislation and discuss what impact it will have on national policymaking.
The Aspen Institute Initiative on Financial Security hosted a discussion on deficit-reduction measures. The conversation centered on dominant contributors to the U.S. fiscal deficit, identify practical solutions for restructuring government expenditures and revenues, and highlight political fault lines that threaten meaningful reform. The event was moderated by David Leonhardt, New York Times columnist. Participants included Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research; Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform; Andrew Stern, Senior Research Fellow, Georgetown Publilc Policy Institute; and Eugene Steuerle, Institute Fellow & Richard B. Fisher Chair, The Urban Institute. A video of the event can be found on the Aspen Institute's site.
December 16, 2010
Should the Disadvantaged Be Spared From the Budget Axe? A Look at the President’s Budget Commission Findings and How They Could Impact the Poor
The poor, the near-poor, and their children who rely on government benefits to get ahead have more to lose than most if the federal budget implodes. The Budgeting for National Priorities Project at Brookings, in cooperation with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity and the Hudson Institute, convened two panels of experts to examine the recommendations of the President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform from the perspective of the disadvantaged.
The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform released its final report on December 1st. There are many paths to fiscal responsibility, but the immediate priority must be broadly shared economic growth and security. Did the fiscal commission’s proposals meet this goal? What alternatives would spur an early economic recovery? The American Prospect, Demos, the Economic Policy Institute, The Century Foundation, and The Roosevelt Institute sponsored an event in response to the report’s release. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker, along with Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and other prominent experts, discussed the merits and drawbacks of the commission’s plan and recommend alternative paths to fiscal responsibility with sustained economic growth for all Americans. The event was streamed live at www.ourfiscalsecurity.org.