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February 4, 2011

The Elections: Flawed Beyond Repair?

10 a.m.
Supreme Court
West Conference Room
1 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20543

The Haiti Democracy Project sponsored a presentation on the "Haiti Democracy Project Electoral Mission." Participants included: CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot; Professor Fritz Scheuren, the 100th president of the American Statistical Association and member of the OAS Verification Mission to Haiti; Roger F. Noriega, Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs under George W. Bush, and visiting fellow of the American Enterprise Institute; Rudolph H. Boulos, board member of the Haiti Democracy Project; James Morell, founder and executive director of the Haiti Democracy Project; and Ernest Preeg, former US ambassador to Haiti and chair at the International Business Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).


February 3, 2011

Webinar on California's Paid Family Leave Insurance Program

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In a webinar sponsored by the National Partnership for Women and Families, Drs. Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman will share key findings and strategic insights from their pathbreaking new employer/employee research on California's paid family leave insurance program. To see slides, visit the webinar here and call into 1-866-642-1665 / Participant Code: 202-238-4841 for the audio.


February 2, 2011

Whither Haiti after the Apocalypse? Responses to the Earthquake, the Cholera Epidemic and the Future

4 pm – 6 pm
Georgia State University
Troy Moore Library
9th Floor General Classroom Building
33 Gilmer St SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

The Georgia State University Center for Human Rights and Democracy will host an academic conference on Haiti after the earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010 and the cholera epidemic that ensued. Leading experts on the country and international development will convene to discuss, share and assess the psychological responses and trauma, quality of global governance in response to the crisis, lessons learned, cultural and artistic expressions, quality of the response, recent two rounds of elections, and the challenges of the future. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot will take part in a panel discussion titled "Elections and Politics."


January 28, 2011

Venezuela from the Neutral Ground

4:45pm – 6:00pm
Tulane University
LBC Stibbs Conference Room 203, Uptown Campus
100 Jones Hall
New Orleans, LA 70118

The Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the Tulane University Department of Political Science sponsored a symposium, titled "Venezuela from the Neutral Ground," to promote competing views on the "Chavista" phenomenon. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot participated in a panel session.

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January 27, 2011

Table Talk: "Attack on the Debt & Deficit: Who Wins? Who Loses?"

12:00pm – 1:30pm
American University
Kay Main Chapel
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

American University and the Kay Spiritual Life Center sponsored a panel discussion on the debt and deficit. Speakers included CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt; Aaron Goldstein, American University student and president of the Roosevelt Institute; and Roger Hickey of Campaign for America's Future. More information can be found on the event's webpage.


January 21, 2011

Transpartisan Dialog on Corporate Power: Americans as Citizens, Consumers and Employees

7:00pm – 8:30pm
For the People Summit
Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20005

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel discussion on corporate power in the United States as part of the larger For the People Summit taking place in Washington D.C. from Jan 20-22. Information can be found on the event's website.



Why the World Isn't Flat: The Truth About Globalization and the Secret History of Capitalism

Friday, February 1, 2008

12:30 - 2:00 PM
New America Foundation
Washington, DC

According to the conventional wisdom popularized by Thomas Friedman, countries can grow rich only by means of unfettered capitalism and pure free trade. In his controversial book, Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism, CEPR Senior Research Associate, Ha-Joon Chang takes aim at this orthodoxy. Combining irreverent wit with scholarly rigor, Chang shows that nations like the U.S. that achieved their present wealth by means of economic nationalism now preach an entirely different set of policies to the developing world, via the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organization. Chang calls on us not only to re-evaluate the policies we promote to countries seeking to grow rich, but also to become reacquainted with our own forgotten economic history.

This event was hosted and co-sponsored by the New America Foundation, and New America Foundation Whitehead Senior Fellow Michael Lind introduced Ha-Joon.


  • Video from C-SPAN's BookTV here.

Power-Point Presentation:

  • Ha-Joon Chang's power-point presentation available here.



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.


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.


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.
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