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April 22, 2009

Media Briefing: The IMF's Crisis Lending: Cuts in Social Spending Demanded for Poor Countries as G8 Plans Stimulus

As the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank prepare for their Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C. April 25-26th, the IMF has been calling for a global fiscal stimulus to counteract the world recession. But its actions tell a different story: in the loans it has made since October 2008 - when the crisis saved the IMF from near-irrelevance - the conditions continue to require contractionary measures that will intensify the impact of the recession on the most vulnerable people. Deficit reduction, interest rate hikes, and cuts in government spending are common to most of the programs - precisely the opposite of what the U.S. and other industrialized countries are doing to minimize the pain.

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot joined
Peter Bujari, executive director of the Human Development Trust in Tanzania and Inga Paparde, Latvian AIDS activist and journalist. The call was moderated by Joanne Carter, executive director RESULTS Educational Fund.

Transcript
A transcript is available on the RESULTS site.

 

April 18, 2009

How to Cut the Roots of the Economic Crisis: A Discussion With Dean Baker

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker will be talking about our deepening economic crisis and what can be done to resolve it, at 2 p.m. at De Paul University Art Museum, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago IL 60614.

 

April 16, 2009

New Thinking on the Economy

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker was the keynote speaker at this event sponsored by the Center for Economic Progress in Chicago.  Following Baker's remarks there was a panel discussion with elected officials, including Illinois State Senator Dan Rutherford (R-Pontiac, 53rd District).

 

April 15, 2009

Baker Discusses 'The Great Recession'

CEPR Co-director Dean Baker discussed "The Great Recession: How we got here and how we get out," on Wednesday, April 15 at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.

 

April 8, 2009

Employee Free Choice Act Debate

On Wednesday, April 8, from 11am to 1pm, the Alaska AFL-CIO and Alaska Chamber of Commerce held a forum to debate the Employee Free Choice Act at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, AK.

Carl Shepro, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Alaska at Anchorage, moderated the event.  Vince Beltrami, President of the Alaska AFL-CIO, and CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt argued in favor of the Employee Free Choice Act.  Marc Freedman, a representative of the US Chamber of Commerce, and Rebecca Logan, President of the Alaska Association of Builders and Contractors, spoke against the Employee Free Choice Act.

 

April 7 - 17, 2009

Should the Rich Pay Higher Taxes?

This online debate held by the Economist features a guest opinion by CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker on Tuesday, April 14th.  The two main debators are Professor Thomas Piketty (arguing in favor of higher taxes for the rich) and Chris Edwards of the CATO Institute (arguing against).  Other guest experts will also share their opinions.

 

April 1, 2009

Working for an Economy by the People, for the People!

Hosted by Building Bridges Radio (WBAI, 99.5 FM NY) and featuring CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker, this event was an examination of the present crisis of capitalism and peoples’ demands that the road to economic recovery lies in directly increasing their living standard and abandoning trickle down economics. In the words of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. who gave his life fighting for the rights of the Memphis sanitation workers and for a poor people’s movement for economic rights, “A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth…and say: `This is not just.'"

 

March 31, 2009

Latin America’s Leftward Shift: What’s Next for U.S. Foreign and Commercial Policy in the Hemisphere?

Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. spoke at an event at Pomona College. This event was sponsored by the Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages and International Relations at Pomona, looked at the prospects for change in U.S. foreign and economic policy toward the region under the Obama Administration. For more information, please click here (PDF).

 

March 19, 2009

Examining the "Making Home Affordable" Program

Dean Baker testified before the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity of the House Committee on Financial Services on President Obama's "Making Home Affordable" program.

 

March 12, 2009

Industrializing Amidst a Global Financial Crisis: Is it Possible?

With Prof. Ha-Joon Chang, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge; Mr. Rogerio Studart, Alternate Executive Director for Brazil, World Bank; and Mr. Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research.
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