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January 5, 2008

AEA Annual Meeting

The American Economic Association held it's annual meeting in New Orleans from the 4th to the 6th of January in New Orleans, LA. Several economists affiliated with CEPR, including Randy Albelda and Marcellus Andrews participated in the conference, together with co-director, Dean Baker. For more information, please consult the AEA website.

 

November 30, 2007

Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution at Home and Abroad: A New Geometry of Power?

This one-day event brought together scholars, politicians, and filmmakers from across the political spectrum to consider the challenges, liabilities, and potential of the government of Venezuela under the leadership of President Hugo Chávez. CEPR Co-director Mark Weisbrot talked about Venezuelan domestic policy. The discussion was moderated by Gil Joseph (Yale University) and included Sujatha Fernandez (Queens College, SUNY) and Francisco Rodriguez (Wesleyan University). For more information, please visit the website of the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies at Yale.

 

November 27, 2007

A Good Job is Hard to Find

We have come to expect that as our economy rebounds from a recession, the percentage of good jobs in the economy will return to its pre-recession level and rise further as the recovery progresses. This was certainly the case during the eighties and nineties, but this recovery has been different. Six years after the onset of the 2001 recession, the percentage of good jobs in the economy ­ jobs that pay $17 per hour and offer health insurance and a pension ­ is still below the pre-recession level, and falling.  Compared to similar points in the past two business cycles, this is very unusual. We thank Joint Economic Committee Vice Chair Carolyn Maloney for making this event possible.

On November 27, John Schmitt, Senior Economist of CEPR, and Stephen J. Rose, Principal of Rose Economic Consulting, debated how a diminishing number of good jobs effects the strength of the US economy. Are these findings a cause for alarm? What, if anything, can the government do to reverse this trend?

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November 9, 2007

The Housing Bubble: We Were Warned

Dean Baker was keynote speaker at the 24th annual meeting of the JOBS NOW Coalition. For more information, please visit the JOBS NOW website.

 

October 24, 2007

Copyrights: Do They Have a Future in the Internet Age?

Copyrights have been one of the main mechanisms for financing creative and artistic work for centuries. However, the development of digital technology and the internet has brought about growing legal and practical challenges to copyrights. This debate between Dean Baker, Co-director of  CEPR, and Gerard Colby, President of the National Writer's Union, answered the following question: "Are copyrights still useful or should we look to alternative mechanisms to support creative and artistic work?"

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October 23, 2007

Bank of the South: An Alternative to the IMF and World Bank

Washington, DC

With Rodrigo Cabezas, Minister of Finance in Venezuela and Gustavo Guzman, Ambassador of Bolivia to the United States

Latin America has experienced an unprecedented long-term economic growth failure over the last quarter-century, at the same time that it has implemented a number of economic policies advocated by the IMF and World Bank. In recent years, the electorate in a number of countries has voted to reject these policies and has elected governments with an explicit mandate to change course on economic policy. These governments have been looking toward and in some cases implementing alternative economic strategies, including regional economic integration. This year, the governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, and now Colombia, have decided to form a new "Banco del Sur" as an alternative to the IMF, World Bank, and allied institutions. It is scheduled to be launched on December 9th. Minister Cabezas and Ambassador Guzman joined us to discuss the Bank of the South.

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October 18, 2007

Bridging the Gaps National Conference

CEPR and the Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston hosted the Bridging the Gaps conference. A free, day-long conference where prominent researchers and advocates debated how work supports should be designed to give all working families the opportunity to bridge the gaps between their earnings and a basic standard of living.

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October 17, 2007

The IMF/World Bank, the Economy and Energy Policy in Bolivia

Bolivia's President Evo Morales made headlines last year when he announced the re-nationalization of Bolivia's natural resources. He also stunned the investment community by letting its last agreement with the IMF expire, and declining to negotiate a new one. Minister of Hydrocarbons and Energy, Carlos Villegas gave an overview of the Bolivian economy as well as a summary of the accomplishments and pending challenges in terms of economic and energy issues in Bolivia.


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October 16, 2007

Working Moms

Heather Boushey spoke on a panel that explored the trend of media stories that show working mothers as either leaving their careers or dreaming of doing so. The discussion was moderated by E. J. Graff, a senior researcher at Brandeis University, and also included Joan Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California; Ellen Bravo, author of Taking On the Big Boys: Why Feminism Is Good for Families and Business and the Nation; and Linda Hirshman, lawyer and professor emeritus at Brandeis University. Video is available here.

 

October 10, 2007

Documentary Screening

Inclusion, a CEPR affiliate, co-sponsored the screening of the new documentary Made in L.A. as part of the DC Labor Film Festival.
 
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