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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.

 

April 15, 2011

The Scorecard on Development, 1960-2010: Closing the Gap?

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
SEIU Conference Center
1800 Massachusetts Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20036

CEPR’s latest “Scorecard on Development” looks at data for 191 countries on economic growth and social indicators over the last 50 years to see whether most of the world’s countries have emerged from the long period of reduced economic and social progress that characterized the post-1980 years. It is updated with the latest data from just-released IMF World Economic Outlook Database.

CEPR’s last two “Scorecards” showed that the world’s low-and-middle-income countries suffered a large and protracted decline in economic growth for more than 20 years after 1980. This coincided with the introduction of a number of neoliberal reforms in most countries: tighter fiscal and monetary policies (including inflation-targeting regimes and increasing independence of central banks); a large reduction in tariffs and non-tariff barriers to trade; financial de-regulation and increased opening to international capital flows; privatization of state-owned enterprises; increased protectionism in the area of intellectual property; and the general abandonment of state-led industrialization or development strategies.

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April 15, 2011

Debts, Deficits and the Economy

10:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Syracuse University
The Maxwell School
Syracuse, NY 13210

The Maxwell School Dean's Office and Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University sponsored a conference on "Debts, Deficits and the Economy." CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel discussion with Bruce Bartlett, a columnist for the Fiscal Times; Leonard Burman, former director of the Tax Policy Center; John Palmer, former public trustee for Medicare and Social Security; and Susan Tanaka, vice president of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. The panel was moderated by Dave Bullard of WRVO-FM and was broadcast as part of the station's Community Forum series. Audio of the event can be found below or after the jump.

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