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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.

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.

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."

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.
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