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June 24, 2008

Foreclosing on the American Dream: The Story Behind the Housing Market Collapse and Sub-Prime Mortgage Scandal

Sponsored by Democracy for Montgomery County (DFMC), CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker and Sarah Bloom Raskin, Maryland's Commissioner of Financial Regulation, discussed the lead-up to the current housing crisis from a macro- and micro-economic perspective.


June 12, 2008

Progressive Change in Latin America: Is the U.S. Media Getting the Story Right?

Mark Weisbrot traveled to the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee to give a talk on the state of U.S. media reporting on Latin America. More information can be found here.


May 29, 2008

Latin America in the Post-Bush Era: What Can We Expect in the Next Phase of U.S.-Latin American Relations?

The United States' influence in Latin America has plummeted during the Bush Administration, as political and economic change has swept much of the region. The Council on Foreign Relations noted recently that "If there was an era of U.S. hegemony in Latin America, it is over." Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Global Prosperity at the Independent Institute, and CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot, recently discussed how the new U.S. President and Congress might deal with this new reality.


May 21, 2008

Neighborhoods: The Blameless Victims of the Subprime Mortgage Crisis

Dean Baker testified before the Subcommittee on Domestic Policy, with Rep. Dennis Kucinich presiding as chairman of the committee.


May 14, 2008

Latin America's Economic Prospects as the U.S. Economy Slows

The U.S. economy is facing what is possibly its worst recession in more than a quarter century, as an $8 trillion housing bubble continues to deflate and consumers pull back. The U.S. trade gap will probably continue to narrow, affecting U.S. trading partners, including Latin America. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot recently discussed these issues with Anne Krueger, professor of International Economics at the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. and former World Bank Chief Economist and First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.


April 23, 2008

Venezuela: What is 21st Century Socialism and Where is it Leading?

Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of CEPR, joined John Dinges, Professor of Journalism at Columbia University, for a "Table Talk Lunch Series" event at 12PM. This event was sponsored by the Office of the University Chaplain and the Council on Latin American Studies.


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)

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