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July 20, 2011

How Will Austerity Affect Middle Class America? Lessons From Europe and the States

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Building

Room 2456
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20219

In the midst of a sputtering recovery, jittery financial markets, and high unemployment, deficit hawks continue pushing an agenda of deep spending cuts. This briefing examined questions about the economic effects of austerity measures already happening in Europe and at the state and local levels in the U.S., including:

  • What lessons can the U.S. learn from years of spending cuts and public sector layoffs in the United Kingdom, Greece, Ireland and other European countries?
  • How have the U.S. states that have cut the most spending fared during and after the Great Recession?
  • Can Europe teach us how budget cuts during an economic slowdown can have dramatic economic and social consequences?
  • What are the possible implications of this Greek crisis for global financial markets?

July 19, 2011

National Labor Relations Board Public Meeting on Proposed Election Rule Changes

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Margaret A. Browning Hearing Room
1099 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

More than 60 speakers from the business, labor, academic and advocacy communities registered to make presentations at the National Labor Relations Board’s open meeting on its recently-proposed election rule amendments, which were held over two days, on July 18 and 19. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker participated during the Tuesday afternoon session.


July 16, 2011

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement 2011 Annual Convention

8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn
8600 Northpark Drive
Johnston, IA 50131

As part of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement's 2011 Annual Convention, CEPR Co-director Dean Baker took part in a workshop and a panel discussion titled "What Will it Take to Reclaim Our Democracy?" 


July 14, 2011

Demystifying Social Security: Academy for Interns 2011

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Kaiser Family Foundation
Barbara Jordan Conference Center
1330 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Do you know what Social Security is or how it works? Have you ever wondered why, whenever there is a discussion about the nation’s debt and deficits Social Security becomes a part of the conversation? Can we improve Social Security benefits for the vulnerable individuals who need it most? Would you like to know if, how, or when Social Security might run out of money?

For answers to these questions and more, the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) offered interns, students, and young professionals an opportunity to discuss and debate the future of Social Security at "Demystifying Social Security: Academy for Interns 2011." The free, day-long event featured prominent guest speakers, expert panels, and interactive activities, plus opportunities for networking. CEPR Domestic Intern Jane Farrell participated in a panel titled "Now What? - How Can I Use This Information and Experience?" 


July 11, 2011

Paid Family Leave Research and Its Implications for Action

3:00 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Hyatt Regency
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

Researchers provide much of the fuel for advocates’ policy development, messaging, and outreach. As part of the 2011 National Summit on Paid Sick Days and Paid Family Leave, co-hosted by the National Partnership for Women and Families and Family Values at Work, CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum took part in a panel discussion on "Paid Family Leave Research and Its Implications for Action." The summit takes place July 11-12, and the agenda and registration information can be found here.


July 8, 2011

Debating Taboos: Securities Transaction Tax – Bring it Back or Leave it Out?

11:30 a.m.
Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P St NW
Washington D.C., 20005

A financial transaction tax is a small tax placed on a specific type (or types) of financial transactions. The way it is often discussed is a small tax on each trade of stocks, derivatives, currency, and other financial instruments. "Debating Taboos" is a series of substantive debates organized by Ralph Nader that aims to bring attention to civic issues so controversial or taboo they have rarely, if ever, been addressed in the media, legislative bodies or the electoral arena. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker co-moderated a debate on the need for a securities transaction tax. Also moderating the debate was Gus Sauter, chief investment officer of Vanguard Group. Robert Pollin, professor at UMass (Amherst), argued for the tax, and Jim Angel, professor at Georgetown University, argued against it. The debate was televised on C-SPAN.  You can watch the video here.


June 27, 2011

Strengthen Social Security ... Don't Cut It

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Building
Washington D.C., 20515

Social Security has not contributed a dime to the nation’s debt and cannot deficit spend. Policy makers in Washington continue to lump Social Security with other entitlement programs. But, as everyone knows, Social Security is a self-funding program paid through employee and employer contributions over workers’ lifetimes. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a briefing that explored several issues that are likely to be before the Senate in the next month as part of the deficit debate, such as:

  • Should Social Security’s cost-of-living-adjustment be changed, and if so how?
  • Why is the CPI-E preferable to the chained CPI?
  • How would a Balanced Budget Amendment impact Social Security?
  • Would a reduction in employer payroll taxes create jobs?
  • What is the implication for the Social Security Trust fund of an employer “payroll tax holiday”?

June 21, 2011

Pizza and Policy: How Old Media Breaks the News and Social Media Can Fix It

Noon - 2 p.m.
Community Service Building
100 W. 10th Street
Room 6
Wilmington, DE 19801

With Washington and the traditional press corps obsessed with deficits, budget cuts and the national debt; investing in communities, and promoting government spending to increase jobs and economic growth are completely ignored. Given our slow job and economic growth, Dean Baker from Center for Economic and Policy Research discussed the ways non-profits and community activists may want to frame their arguments when discussing economics, tax rates and government spending. The event was sponsored by the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council. 


June 9, 2011

2011 Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Policy Summit

2:40 - 4:10 p.m.
InterContinental Hotels Cleveland
9801 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio, 44106

No community has gone unscathed by the housing crisis and recent recession. However, low– and moderate–income communities have been disproportionately impacted by the housing market and economic crisis, further deepening the divide between the haves and the have–nots. Income inequality in this country is at an all–time high, and is among the highest in the developed world. In this environment, it is critical to revisit education and asset building policies, through the lenses of research and practice, that will support stability and upward mobility in poor communities.

Elected officials, researchers, practitioners, bankers, funders, and policymakers from across the Midwest took part in a summit to discuss the latest research on and best practices in housing mobility, education policies, and stable, sustainable communities. CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt took part in a panel on the interrelationship between housing markets and labor markets. Other speakers on the panel included Abigail Wozniak, assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame, and Joseph Tracy, executive vice president and senior adviser to the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

June 9, 2011

Flexible, Family-Friendly Labor Policy: Maximum Benefit for Minimal Costs

12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Economic Policy Institute
1333 H Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005

Local, state and federal level efforts to enact legislation mandating paid sick or family leave and flexible work arrangements are often resisted on the grounds that they would impose costly burdens on employers and threaten the availability of jobs. Yet, new and ongoing research points to labor policy in novation that promotes work-family balance having the expected beneficial impacts without jeopardizing overall employment.

The Center for Economic and Policy Research and the Economic Policy Institute hosted a forum examining the issues of paid family and sick leave in the United States while exploring the Australian example of mandating paid parental leave along with the right to request flexible work arrangements.

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