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January 18, 2011

Media Briefing on Haiti's Elections

3:00pm – 3:30pm
The Center for Economic and Policy Research
1611 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20009

Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) is expected to make a decision soon regarding what will happen with the second round of presidential elections, following President Rene Preval’s receipt of a report from an OAS “Expert” Mission. The CEP may decide to proceed with an election between two candidates – either Mirlande Manigat and Jude Celestin, or between Manigat and Michel Martelly, as the OAS Mission recommends. Or, the CEP could decide that Haiti’s first round of elections were too deeply flawed, and the outcome indeterminate, and decide to re-do the first round of elections.

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January 13, 2011

Leaves That Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California

12:30pm – 2:00pm
Center for American Progress Action Fund
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

More families now have two parents that are full-time workers, making it increasingly important for them to have access to flexible workplace policies. In 2002, California became the first state to implement a paid family leave insurance program, providing workers with paid leave when they have a new child or need to care for a family member with a serious illness. This policy expanded California's temporary disability insurance program that already provided paid leave to seriously ill workers. The Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Center for Economic and Policy Research hosted a panel that showcased research on the implementation and effectiveness of California's legislation and discuss what impact it will have on national policymaking.

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December 17, 2010

Shared Sacrifice: Debating the Contours of U.S. Deficit Reduction

9 - 10:30 am
Aspen Institute Initiative on Financial Security
One Dupont Circle, Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20036

The Aspen Institute Initiative on Financial Security hosted a discussion on deficit-reduction measures. The conversation centered on dominant contributors to the U.S. fiscal deficit, identify practical solutions for restructuring government expenditures and revenues, and highlight political fault lines that threaten meaningful reform. The event was moderated by David Leonhardt, New York Times columnist. Participants included Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research; Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform; Andrew Stern, Senior Research Fellow, Georgetown Publilc Policy Institute; and Eugene Steuerle, Institute Fellow & Richard B. Fisher Chair, The Urban Institute. A video of the event can be found on the Aspen Institute's site.
 

December 16, 2010

Should the Disadvantaged Be Spared From the Budget Axe? A Look at the President’s Budget Commission Findings and How They Could Impact the Poor

9 - 11:30 am
Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium
1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

The poor, the near-poor, and their children who rely on government benefits to get ahead have more to lose than most if the federal budget implodes. The Budgeting for National Priorities Project at Brookings, in cooperation with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity and the Hudson Institute, convened two panels of experts to examine the recommendations of the President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform from the perspective of the disadvantaged.
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December 1, 2010

Prosperity Not Austerity: A Response to the Fiscal Commission and a Blueprint for Economic Recovery

1 pm
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20045

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform released its final report on December 1st. There are many paths to fiscal responsibility, but the immediate priority must be broadly shared economic growth and security. Did the fiscal commission’s proposals meet this goal? What alternatives would spur an early economic recovery? The American Prospect, Demos, the Economic Policy Institute, The Century Foundation, and The Roosevelt Institute sponsored an event in response to the report’s release. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker, along with Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and other prominent experts, discussed the merits and drawbacks of the commission’s plan and recommend alternative paths to fiscal responsibility with sustained economic growth for all Americans. The event was streamed live at www.ourfiscalsecurity.org.
 

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.
 
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