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November 19, 2010

Why Do We Care About Rising Health Care Costs?

8:30 - 9:15 am
Westin Copley Boston
10 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116

The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans held its 9th annual health policy conference, Focusing on the 90 Percent. The conference examined measures for dealing with underlying health care costs, which account for the bulk of how the premium dollar is spent, and steps for addressing those costs. Areas of focus included: where are the main cost drivers, what does the rising cost of health care mean for economic growth and personal incomes, and what are the challenges policymakers, health care providers, health plans, employers and consumers face in tackling rising health care costs. As part of the conference, CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker spoke about rising health care costs.
 

November 18, 2010

The Economy: From Recession to Recovery to Transformation

1:30 - 4:30 pm
University of Ottawa
Tabaret Hall Room 112
550 Cumberland St
Ottawa, ON, Canada

For 30 years, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has been giving voice to progressive ideas. In an era of shrinking progressive think tanks and growing right-wing think tanks, the center celebrated three decades of accomplishments with a conference and gala dinner. As part of the event, CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel discussion on the economy. Other participants included Jim Stanford, an economist with the Canadian Auto Workers; Armine Yalnizyan, senior economist with the CCPA; and Iglika Ivanova, an economist with CCPA.
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November 15, 2010

The Fiscal Commission; Recession and Austerity: Perspectives from Here and Abroad

9:45 - 10:45 am
The Washington Marriot
1221 22nd Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

As part of the B'nai B'rith International Policy Conference's plenary session, CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker spoke about "The Fiscal Commission; Recession and Austerity: Perspectives from Here and Abroad."
 

November 12, 2010

The Changing Landscape of Financial Services: Same Street, New Guardrails?

11 am - 12:00 pm
George Washington University
Center for Law, Economics & Finance
2000 H St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20052

The Dodd-Frank Act is the most far-reaching piece of financial services legislation enacted since the Great Depression. The GWU Center for Law, Economics and Finance's second annual financial regulatory reform symposium will assess the likely impacts of this massive 2,300-plus page law, focusing especially on the areas of consumer protection, the regulation of large, complex, "too big to fail" financial institutions, and whether the act adequately addresses the causes of the recent financial crisis, did not go far enough, or perhaps went too far. As part of the symposium, CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker participated in a panel discussion with Scott G. Alvarez, General Counsel, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, D.C.; V. Gerard Comizio, partner at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP; and Stephen Labaton, an adviser at Goldman Sachs.
 

October 23, 2010

The Fletcher Symposium on Colombian and Venezuelan Affairs

10:45 am - 12:30 pm
Tufts University
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA, 02155

Concerned by the recent deterioration in Colombian-Venezuelan diplomatic relations and its impact on vulnerable communities, the Andean region and the hemisphere as a whole, a group of committed Fletcher students organized a symposium with high-level experts to spur open and inclusive dialogue. As part of the symposium, CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot participated in a panel discussion entitled "Reclaiming Commerce and Fostering Development in Pursuit of Regional Prosperity." Ricardo Hausmann, director of the Center for International Development at Harvard, and Jose Luis Ramirez, advisor to the Secretary of External Relations at the Organization of American States, also participated.
 

October 23, 2010

False Profits: Recovering from the Bubble Economy

4 pm
The 7th Annual Washington D.C. Green Festival
Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker spoke about his book "False Profits: Recovering from the Bubble Economy" at the 7th Annual Washington D.C. Green Festival on the Green Lifestyle Stage. For more information on the event, visit the official website.
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October 22, 2010

From Cochabamba to Cancun: Press Breakfast with Pablo Solon

8:30 - 9:30 am
Fenton Communications, Second Floor
1800 Vermont Ave., NW
Washington, DC, 20001

On October 22, 2010, Ambassador to the Plurinational State of Bolivia for the United Nations, Pablo Solon, spoke to reporters about Bolivia's participation and perspective in the UN Climate Change negotiations at an event hosted by CEPR. Ambassador Solon, having just returned from the latest climate change negotiations in Tianjin, China, offered a behind-the-scenes account of what the process has been and what can be expected at COP-16 in Cancun this December. He also discussed Bolivia's perspective and the crucial role of social movements in finding just and viable solutions to the climate change crisis.
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October 20, 2010

Tracking the Federal Debt and Deficit

10:30 am
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20006

The national debt has become a dominant political issue in Washington and around the country. Policymakers are under pressure to reduce the deficit and put the United States on a sustainable path to economic recovery. Yet federal debt is a complex issue involving short- and long-term economic goals and national policy implications. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel examining specific strategies to rein in the deficit as part of a larger event titled "A Balancing Act: Federal Debt, Deficits, and Economic Recovery."
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October 9, 2010

Macroeconomic Policy: What are the Global Trends?

2 pm
The World Bank
MC C1-100
1818 H St, NW
Washington, D.C., 20006

As part of the IMF/WB Fall meetings, CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot debated Petya Koeva Brooks, chief of the World Economic Studies Division at the IMF. In this unique and perhaps unprecedented event, the two economists debated whether IMF policies are appropriate for the current global economic recovery. The debate covered a broad range of countries and issues, including pro-cyclical policies in various countries (e.g. Spain, Greece, Latvia, and other European countries); the feasibility of central bank financing of additional stimulus spending; the risks of premature fiscal consolidation; the particular problems of low-and-middle income countries facing foreign exchange constraints; and other issues raised in the IMF's October World Economic Outlook. The videos below include presentations by both economists as well as extensive back and forth between them on these crucial issues. Deborah James, director of international programs at CEPR, moderated.
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October 9, 2010

Feasibility and Impact of an FTT: Discussion on IMF Paper "Taxing Financial Transactions"

9 - 10:30 am
The World Bank
MC C1-200
1818 H St, NW
Washington, D.C., 20006

Robert Pollin of the Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts; Peter Bakvis of the International Trade Union Confederation/Global Unions; and Sarah Anderson of the Institute for Policy Studies took part in a panel discussion on financial speculation taxes. The event was hosted by the International Trade Union Confederation, the Center for Economic and Policy Research and the Institute for Policy Studies.
 
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