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October 7, 2010

Redesigning Incentives for the Pharmaceutical Industry

4:50 pm
Mövenpick Hotel
Piet Heinkade 11, 1019 BR
Amsterdam, Netherlands

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker spoke about alternatives to patents for financing drug research as part of a larger conference exploring the theme of "Selling Sickness" and working towards solutions. The conference was designed for everyone with an interest in pharmaceutical information and promotion including: health professionals; policy makers; staff of government health and regulatory departments; inspectors; staff of pharmaceutical, advertising and public relations companies; staff of NGOs; and journalists. The host is Healthy Skepticism (Netherlands) assisted by the Dutch Institute for Rational Use of Medicine and Healthy Skepticism (International). The sponsors are the Dutch Ministry of Health and the Dutch Health Care Inspectorate, the conference was co-sponsored by the World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe.

October 5, 2010

Has the IMF Really Changed? The Imperative for Post-Financial Crisis Reform

10 - 11:30 am
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2220
45 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, D.C., 20515

The global financial crisis has had grave and far-reaching repercussions across the globe, particularly for low-income countries. Last year, G-20 leaders designated the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the central vehicle for global economic recovery, committing to triple its resources. The U.S. Congress subsequently approved $100 billion in additional resources to the institution. At the time, anti-poverty advocacy groups expressed deep concern that the harsh austerity and pro-cyclical measures accompanying IMF lending could hinder recovery in low-income countries and exacerbate the crisis in middle-income countries as well. In response to these criticisms, the IMF has gone to great lengths to demonstrate changes in institution. Despite the positive press around such alterations, recent research and analysis on IMF policies since the crisis demonstrates that much of the claimed reform is superficial and does not represent a solid departure from past IMF practices.

October 5, 2010

America's Fiscal Choices: Strengthening Our Economy and Building for the Future

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 pm
Knight Conference Center, 7th Floor
555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Century Foundation, Demos and the Economic Policy Institute held a conference, "America's Fiscal Choices: Strengthening Our Economy and Building for the Future," at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The conference presented moderated conversations with both economists and policymakers representing a range of perspectives on how to facilitate economic growth, spur public investment and reduce the national debt. Confirmed panelists included CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum, Center for American Progress' John Podesta, Nobel Laureate and New York Times Columnist Paul Krugman, Social Security Works' Nancy Altman, Harvard's Martin Feldstein, the New Schools' Teresa Ghilarducci and others.

A video of the event is available here.

October 1, 2010

Jobs and the Future of the U.S. Economy: Possibilities and Limits

9:30 - 11:30 am
Howard University
Armour J. Blackburn University Center, Hilltop Terrace
2400 Sixth Street, NW
Washington, D.C., 20059

CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt took part in a presentation on jobs proposals as part of Howard University's day-long conference on "Jobs and the Future of the U.S. Economy." Other participants included Ron Baiman of the Chicago Political Economy Group and Center for Tax and Budget Accountability; Joshua Bivens of the Economic Policy Institute; Mathew Forstater of the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability and University of Missouri, Kansas City; Darrick Hamilton of the New School for Management and Urban Policy and the Center for Economic Policy Analysis; Philip Harvey of the National Jobs for All Coalition and Rutgers University Law School, Camden; and Jeffrey Thompson of the Political Economic Research Institute and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

September 30, 2010

An Emergency Response to the Crisis of Poverty in America: Understanding the Crisis and Refocusing the Fight

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2175
45 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, D.C., 20515

CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt took part in an educational discussion on the scope of the growth and demographic changes in poverty in America and how we can rethink and reinvest in our fight to end poverty in America for good. The event was sponsored by the Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus.

September 23, 2010

Progressives and the Market: Why Give it to the Right?

3 - 4:30 pm
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21218

As part of its Social Policy Seminar Series, the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies sponsored a lecture by CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker, entitled "Progressives and the Market: Why Give it to the Right?"

September 16, 2010

Designing Work-Family Policies for Families, Employers and Gender Equity

12 - 1:30 pm
New America Foundation
1899 L St NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

During the last 30 years, family life in the U.S. - and other industrialized nations - has changed dramatically. A majority of mothers are in the workforce. What do experiences from the U.S. and around the globe tell us about the optimal design of policies to support working families?

August 18, 2010

Roundtable on Women and the Economy

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
10 G Street, NE, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20002

The Center for Economic and Policy Research co-sponsored the Institute for Women's Policy Research's monthly roundtable on women and the economy.The event featured experts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to discuss the gender earnings gap, paid leave, and paid sick days. Stephanie Boraas, an economist at the Division of Labor Force Statistics at the Bureau of Labor Statistics; Rachel Krantz-Kent, branch chief of the American Time Use Survey at the Bureau of Labor Statistics; and Bill Wiatrowski, associate commissioner for the Office of Compensation and Working Conditions at the Bureau of Labor Statistics took part in the discussion.

August 5, 2010

Making the Case Against Raising the Retirement Age

10 - 11:30 a.m.
2103 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Nicole Woo, director of domestic policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, participated in a briefing titled, "Making the Case Against Raising the Retirement Age," sponsored by the Older Women's Economic Security Task Force of the National Council of Women's Organizations and Social Security Matters. Other participants included Ashley Carson, from the Voice of Midlife and Older Women; Monique Morrissey, from the Economic Policy Institute; and Maria Freese, from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. Terry O'Neill from the National Organization for Women will moderate.

Watch the C-SPAN coverage here.

July 29, 2010

Dean Baker to Deliver Keynote Address at JOBS NOW Coalition Meeting

5:30 - 7:30 pm
The Minnesota Nurses Association
345 Randolph Ave
St Paul, MN 55102

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker spoke at the JOBS NOW Annual Meeting at the Minnesota Nurses Association headquarters in St. Paul. Minnesota's JOBS NOW Coalition has seen recent victories in establishing family-supporting wages and benefits in the Minnesota Nurses Association's settlement with Twin Cities hospitals. And there has been a public outcry against letting Minnesota restaurant servers' earnings drop any further below a family-supporting wage than they already are. Baker talked about his epic struggle with the economics profession. He has dedicated his career to breaking down the barriers to understanding the economy and how it works. Or, more precisely, how it doesn't work. Best of all, he uses the tools of the profession to distinguish between reality-based economics and its academic counterpart.
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