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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.


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.


April 24, 2011

FDL Book Salon: 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism

2:00 p.m. PST

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.


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.


April 12, 2011

Crisis in the States and Cities: What Should Be Done?

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
Capitol Room A
400 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

States and cities face tax increases and sharp cuts in vital public services, with likely harsh effects on economic activity and competitiveness going forward. Economists for Peace and Security will sponsor a symposium to discuss the budget crises faced by state and local governments including cuts to social services and increasing taxes. Will budget cuts help, as some claim -- or hurt, as others believe - the economies of affected jurisdictions and the country? CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel on "Workers' Rights, Workers' Pay, and Local Public Services: Are Workers and Unions the Cause of State Budget Crises?" The conference is viewable via simultaneous webcast.


April 12, 2011

Guy Standing and The Rise of the Precariat

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

British economist, Guy Standing, offers an interesting, new perspective on the condition of the working class in a new book, "The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class." Standing argues that globalized labor markets have shifted the inherent risks of capitalism from firms to workers creating a growing class for whom stable careers are increasingly tenuous and who labor for low or stagnating wages and benefits with inconsistent hours. The insecurity faced by growing numbers of workers, Standing argues, has dire implications for societal stability, and he calls on policymakers around the world to focus attention on reducing inequality and reconstructing the concept of work.

The Center for Economic Policy Research and the Economic Policy Institute invite you to hear Dr. Standing present these perspectives in a discussion joined by Heidi Hartmann of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and Prakash Loungani of the International Monetary Fund. Click here to RSVP. Seating is limited.


April 7, 2011

Are Unions Good for Schools and the Community?

7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Temple Kehillath Israel
384 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

The Brookline Educators Union sponsored a discussion on finding solutions collectively to the current crisis unions are undergoing. Participants included Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research; Elaine Bernard, executive director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School; Ann Clarke, executive director-treasurer of the Massachusetts Teachers Association; Jody Curran, president of the Brookline Educators Union; Lisa Guisbond, member of the board of directors for Citizens for Public Schools; Richard Stutman, president of the Boston Teachers Union; and Dr. Steffi Woolhandler, co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. For more information, visit the Brookline Educators Union site or contact Jessica Wender-Shubow at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


April 1, 2011

Reconnecting to Work: Consequences of Long-Term Unemployment and Prospects for Job Creation

4:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Ackerman 2nd Floor Lounge
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Leading authorities on labor and employment gathered at UCLA for a scholarly conference on persistent high unemployment in the wake of the most severe economic downturn in American history since the Great Depression. "Reconnecting to Work: Consequences of Long-Term Unemployment and Prospects for Job Creation" addressed a range of subjects, from policies aimed at boosting employment to the psychological hurdles faced by the unemployed. CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt took part in a panel on international policy comparisons. The conference was sponsored by UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.

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