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April 18, 2008

Low-Wage Work in Europe – Changing the Debate?

John Schmitt discussed his findings at a workshop in Amsterdam, presented by AIAS (Amsterdams Instituut voor Arbeids Studies). The study was cooperatively undertaken by five European research institutions, and initiated and generously funded by the Russell Sage Foundation, New York.

 

April 11, 2008

Protectionism and the Infant Industry Argument

The AU Trade Justice group hosted a video conference with economist and CEPR Research Associate, Ha-Joon Chang, at American University.

 

April 11-12, 2008

2008 Summit on Economic Justice for Women

Research Assistant Rebecca Ray traveled to Atlanta, Georgia where she spoke on two panel discussions at the 2008 Summit on Economic Justice for Women, organized by the NOW Foundation, the Institute for Women's Policy Research, and the National Council of Negro Women. The first workshop, "Between a Rock and a Workplace: Workers Without Paid Sick Days or Family Leave," examined how current labor laws and regulations affect working women given that United States is the only industrial nation that hasn’t adopted a paid family leave policy. The second workshop, "How Secure Will You Be? Strategies for Women’s Old-Age Security and Mid-Life Momentum," focused on issues that affect older women's economic well-being after they retire.

 

April 10, 2008

Turmoil in U.S. Credit Markets: Examining Proposals to Mitigate Foreclosures and Restore Liquidity to the Mortgage Markets

Dean Baker was invited to testify at the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, as well as Lawrence H. Summers, Ellen Harnick, Scott Stern and Douglas Elmendorf. (Testimony) (Video, Dean Baker begins at 18:00)

 

March 25, 2008

U.S. Policy Toward Latin America in the Post-Bush Era

Mark Weisbrot spoke on a panel with Greg Craig, a foreign policy advisor to Senator Barack Obama; Nora Lustig, a visiting Professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs; and, Mark Schneider, who is Senior Vice President and Special Advisor on Latin America at the International Crisis Group. The discussion centered on the possible directions U.S. policy toward Latin America might take after the Bush Administration.

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March 20, 2008

A Generation of Widening Inequality

Dean Baker traveled to Sacramento, CA to speak at the California Budget Project’s 2008 policy conference, A Generation of Widening Inequality: Implications for Budget and Policy Priorities. The plenary sessions and workshops  examined proposals to close the state’s budget gap, the latest trends in the state’s troubled housing markets, and the impact of federal tax and budget proposals on California. For more information, please consult the CBP's website.

 

March 18, 2008

Take Back American 2008

Dean Baker spoke at the Take Back America 2008 conference, on the "Housing Crisis and Corporate Accountability," with Al Meyerhoff, Lisa Ransom (Vice President of Federal Affairs for the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL)), and Theresa DiMartino. Video of the panel discussion can be viewed here.

 

February 25, 2008

Shaw Fremstad on Housing Affordability

Shawn Fremstad spoke on a panel that examines housing affordability from a family budget perspective. The discussion, part of the National Low Income Housing Coalition's (NLIHC) 2008 National Policy Conference, was moderated by Bill Apgar of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University and also included Tamara Draut, author of Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead and Director of the Economic Opportunity Project at Demos.

 

February 13, 2008

The Political Climate of Latin America

The University of British Columbia in Vancouver hosted Mark Weisbrot to speak on the political climate of Latin America.

 

February 13, 2008

Talk with Mark Weisbrot

Eric Hershberg, professor of Political Science at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and a specialist on the comparative politics of Latin America and the politics of development, moderated a talk with Mark Weisbrot.

 
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