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April 1, 2011

Economic Bloggers Forum 2011

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO

The Kauffman Foundation hosted a one-day conference to discuss key policy issues and cutting-edge research on topics related to entrepreneurship, innovation, and growth. The aim of the conference was to foster a consensus around economic growth strategies for U.S. and global policymakers. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker participated, and a video of his talk can be found below after the jump.

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March 30, 2011

Preserving Our Promises to Seniors Act Lunch Briefing with Congressman Ted Deutch

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
2226 Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20515

The Preserving Our Promise to Seniors Act would strengthen Social Security for the next 75 years while improving benefits by fixing the outdated COLA formula. This is achieved by gradually phasing out the payroll tax exemption on incomes over $106,800 and keeping Social Security’s tradition of increased benefits for increased contributions. Additionally, this bill would improve the current COLA formula by indexing it to seniors’ costs through the creation of a Consumer Price Index for the Elderly. Finally, the legislation provides a supplemental payment to all COLA-tied retirees when there is no COLA for seniors. The Economic Policy Institute and ProgressiveCongress.org held a panel discussion to discuss the act. Participants included Congressman Ted Deutch; Celinda Lake, president of Lake Research Partners; Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research; Ross Eisenbrey, vice president of the Economic Policy Institute; and Eric Kingson, co-director of Social Security Works and The Strengthen Social Security Campaign.

 

March 29, 2011

National Journal Insiders Conference

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

The National Journal held an Insiders Conference, where an enhanced roster of congressional and political insiders, versed in key policy areas such as the economy, technology, energy and national security, offered their perspectives on what’s ahead in the 112th Congress and the 2012 campaign cycle. A video of Dean Baker's panel session, titled "Deficit Reduction v. Investment: How to Spur Economic Growth," is available below or after the jump.

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March 28, 2011

Balanced Housing Policy and the Mortgage Interest Deduction

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
The Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street NW
Washington D.C. 20008

Most experts agree that the federal government over-subsidizes homeownership, especially for higher-income households. The bipartisan deficit commission has called for reform of the mortgage interest deduction. Many policymakers think we need a more balanced housing policy that better addresses the needs of low- and moderate-income homeowners and renters. Proposals and prospects for reform were covered in this session, as part of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition's 2011 Annual Housing Policy Conference and Lobby Day. Speakers included CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker; Mark Calabria, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute; and Sheila Crowley, president of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. For more information on the conference or program, visit the NLIHC site.

 

March 28, 2011

IMF Performance in the Run-Up to the Current Financial and Economic Crisis

9 - 11 a.m.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004

New Rules for Global Finance, the Program on America and the Global Economy of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Heinrich Böll Stiftung-North America co-sponsored a discussion on a new report produced by the Independent Evaluation Office of the International Monetary Fund. The report’s lead author, Ruben Lamdany, deputy director of the IEO, presented the main findings and recommendations of the Report. The panel of commentators included Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic Policy and Research; Hugh Bredenkamp, deputy director of the strategic policy and review department at the International Monetary Fund; and Damon Silver, director of the policy department at the American Federation of Labor-Council of Industrial Organizations. Videos of the event can be found after the jump or below.

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March 25, 2011

Ha-Joon Chang to Discuss "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism"

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
New America Foundation
1899 L St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Economist and CEPR Senior Research Associate Ha-Joon Chang discussed and signed his new book "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism" at the New America Foundation. If you've wondered how we did not see the economic collapse coming, Ha-Joon Chang knows the answer: We didn't ask what they didn't tell us about capitalism. This is a lighthearted book with a serious purpose: to question the assumptions behind the dogma and sheer hype that the dominant school of neoliberal economists-the apostles of the freemarket-have spun since the Age of Reagan. "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism" equips readers with an understanding of how global capitalism works-and doesn't. In his final chapter, "How to Rebuild the World," Chang offers a vision of how we can shape capitalism to humane ends, instead of becoming slaves of the market.

 

March 24, 2011

Ha-Joon Chang to Discuss "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism"

6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Busboys and Poets
Langston Room
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Economist and CEPR Senior Research Associate Ha-Joon Chang discussed and signed his new book "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism" at Busboys and Poets. If you've wondered how we did not see the economic collapse coming, Ha-Joon Chang knows the answer: We didn't ask what they didn't tell us about capitalism. This is a lighthearted book with a serious purpose: to question the assumptions behind the dogma and sheer hype that the dominant school of neoliberal economists-the apostles of the freemarket-have spun since the Age of Reagan. "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism" equips readers with an understanding of how global capitalism works-and doesn't. In his final chapter, "How to Rebuild the World," Chang offers a vision of how we can shape capitalism to humane ends, instead of becoming slaves of the market. For more information, visit Busboys and Poets' event page.

 

March 20, 2011

Left Forum: Post-Financial Crisis: Neoliberalism and the Global Economic Recovery

3:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Left Forum
Department of Sociology
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

What is the relationship between the financial crisis that began in 2008 and the problems facing the real economy of the United States and the world today? For some, the words "financial crisis" are used to describe the continuum of events since 2008; others have called it a "crisis of capitalism," seeing it as a culmination of long-term trends; while others have focused on asset bubbles, financial deregulation, or various macroeconomic policies and imbalances. This panel, which was part of the Left Forum conference, looked at how this question is addressed from different points of view.

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March 20, 2011

Left Forum: Helping Haiti Rebuild with Dignity, Sovereignty and Justice

12:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Left Forum
Department of Sociology
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Over a year has gone by since Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake that killed over 230,000 and left a million and a half Haitians homeless, and - despite the international outpouring of solidarity - reconstruction efforts have floundered and the still raging humanitarian crisis has been compounded by a political crisis. This panel, which was part of the Left Forum conference, explored the reasons why the "international community" has so far failed to help Haiti build back better and propose a radically different approach to supporting Haiti's reconstruction and long-term development which involves, first and foremost, putting the country's destiny back into Haitian hands.

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March 20, 2011

Left Forum: Venezuela and the Chavez Government: Advances and Shortcomings

10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Left Forum
Department of Sociology
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Venezuela is going through a crucial period right now because it is emerging from a two-year recession and President Chavez and his allies have won only narrow electoral victories since the loss of a 2007 constitutional reform referendum. In addition, after 12 years in power there is a certain erosion of enthusiasm among rank and file Chavistas. Chavez is up for reelection in 2012, which will be one of his most critical contests yet. The speakers on this panel, which was part of the Left Forum conference, explored what is currently going on in Venezuela, in terms of the advances and the shortcomings of the Chavez government and they will thereby try to make sense of where Venezuela has been and where it is heading.

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