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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)


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.


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.

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