In honor of our 10th Anniversary, we held a two-hour live webcast. CEPR Co-Directors Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot talked about starting CEPR and the major economic and policy issues that they have been working on in the past 10 years. Jane Hamsher of firedoglake moderated.
September 23, 2009
The Crash of the Housing Bubble and Beyond: A Tale of Ignorance and Greed
At this event at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Dean Baker spoke about the current economic recession, how we got here, and what policy changes should be made to prevent another asset bubble from bringing the economy down. Professor William L. Holahan, Chair of the UWM Department of Economics, will give an introduction. This event is free and open to the public.
September 2, 2009
Zelaya: Returning Honduras to Democratic and Constitutional Order(En Español)
CEPR and George Washington University's Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program hosted a discussion with H.E. José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, President of the Republic of Honduras. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot provided an introduction and Cynthia McClintock, Director of GW's Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program, moderated.
Two months following the coup d'etat that sent him into a forced exile, President Zelaya of Honduras discussed his attempts to negotiate peace and a return to a democratic and constitutional order in Honduras.
IMF-Supported Macroeconomic Policies and the World Recession: A Look at Forty-One Borrowing Countries
Recent discussions at the IMF meetings in Istanbul centered around a new expanded role for the Fund in the global economy. In a report released on October 5th, CEPR found that 31 of 41 countries with current IMF agreements have been subjected to pro-cyclical macroeconomic policies that, during the current global recession, could be expected to have exacerbated economic slowdowns. CEPR hosted a discussion with Mark Weisbrot (CEPR), Rob Weissman (Public Citizen), Asia Russell (Health GAP) and James Roaf (IMF) of what kind of reforms would be needed for the IMF to perform successfully in a new, expanded role. Video of the panel discussion can be viewed here.
This panel was part of the fourth annual Netroots Nation conference, which was opened by former President Bill Clinton on Thursday, August 13th and ran through Sunday, August 16th in Pittsburgh, PA. New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, Change to Win Chair Anna Burger, and CEPR Co-director Dean Baker discussed the economy and how it affects working Americans. The panel was moderated by Kevin Drum of Mother Jones.
Prospects for Change: Obama's International Economic Diplomacy
CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot and other presenters in this session looked at how the economic crisis is impacting developing country economies, and what this means for the future of both the International Monetary Fund and the US "free trade" agreement (FTA) model. Watch the video of the keynote presentation here.
The Federal Reserve’s Expanded Role: Is Greater Transparency Needed?
July 15, 2009 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
CEPR co-director Dean Baker was a panelist at this Economic Policy Institute event, along with Jon Faust (director of the Center for Financial Economics at John Hopkins University), George Goehl (Executive Director of National People's Action), and William Greider (journalist and author of numerous books including "Secrets of the Temple," about the Federal Reserve). Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders gave the keynote address and Nancy Cleeland of EPI's Bailout Analysis Project moderated.
June 19, 2009
The IMF's New Lending in a Time of Global Economic Downturn
This panel discussion, which featured Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director at Center for Economic and Policy Research; Hugh Bredenkamp, Deputy Director of Strategy, Policy, and Review Department at the IMF; Doug Rediker, Director of the Global Strategic Finance Initiative at the New America Foundation; and Robert Weissman, Director of Essential Action, looked at the economic issues involved in current IMF lending and its role in dealing with the global financial and economic crisis, with a particular focus on economic conditions attached to IMF agreements and proposed reforms of IMF governance, particularly in light of current funding decisions by some of the major contributing countries. The event was moderated by Nancy Alexander of the Heinrich Boell Foundation.
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May 21, 2009
First Paid Vacation Bill in U.S. History to be Introduced in Congress