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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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March 16, 2011

The IMF in the Caribbean & Latin America: Love Affair or Bad Romance?

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
American University
Mary Graydon Center, University Club Room 3
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

American University hosted a panel on the impact the IMF has had on Caribbean countries' economies, including a discussion with key players and experts in the field. Panel participants included CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot; Therese Turner-Jones, deputy division chief in the western hemisphere at the IMF; and Paul Nehru Tennassee, coordinator of international co-curricular programs at the University of the District of Columbia. For more information, visit the event's site. A video of the event can be found here or after the jump below.

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March 15, 2011

State and Municipal Debt: The Coming Crisis? Part II

1:30 pm
2154 Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, D.C. 20515

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs on state and municipal debt. More information can be found on the subcommittee's website. A video of the hearing can be found here or after the jump below.

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March 4, 2011

California's Experience with Paid Family Leave: Implications for New Jersey

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
New Jersey Statehouse
Committee Room 4
125 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

The New Jersey Time to Care Coalition held a policy briefing on "Leaves that Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California." CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum presented findings from new research in California on its paid family leave program and how it can inform policymaking for New Jersey's Family Leave Insurance Program.

 

February 8, 2011

Inflated: How Money and Debt Built the American Dream

Noon
The Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington D.C., 20001

The Cato Institute held a forum to discuss author Christopher Whalen's book, "Inflated: How Money and Debt Built the American Dream." CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker and Alex Pollock of the American Enterprise Institute participated in the discussion. A video of the event can be found here or after the jump below.

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