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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.

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.

October 8, 2010

Political Economy in Ecuador: Opportunities for Living Well

2:30 pm
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Conference Center
1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C., 20036

Katiuska King Mantilla, minister coordinator of economic policy for the government of Ecuador, and Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, participated in a discussion on social and economic policies in Ecuador since President Correa took office in 2007.

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?
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