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November 9, 2013

Roundtable: Twenty Years Post-Family Medical Leave Act: What Have We Learned and What's Next?

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Washington Ballroom (Westin Georgetown)
2350 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

How has the use of insurance as the distribution method of choice in government assistance programs changed? What are the implications of these shifts? How successful are these programs and what implications do they have for creating a viable safety net for eligible populations?

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Roundtable Organizers:  Heather Boushey, Center for American Progress
Moderators:  Heather Boushey, Center for American Progress
Speakers:  Jane Waldfogel (Columbia University), Demetra Smith Nightingale (US Department of Labor), Christopher Ruhm (University of Virginia), and Eileen Appelbaum (Center for Economic and Policy Research)

 

October 30, 2013

U.S. Retirement Income Crisis

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902
Washington, DC

Americans who will retire in the coming decades face a confluence of factors that threaten their income security. Disappearing employer pensions, a 401(k) and IRA system that fails to provide meaningful retirement income to most Americans, stagnating wages, rising health and long-term care costs, and the continued phasing-in of cuts to Social Security. Strengthen Social Security is hosting a conference, "Social Security's Role in Solving the Retirement Income Crisis," to discuss this crisis and the importance of Social Security as part of any policy response. CEPR Co-director Dean Baker will be on the first panel of the day discussing the "U.S. Retirement Income Crisis." For more information and to RSVP, visit the conference website or watch the webcast here.

 

October 29, 2013

The Upcoming Elections in Honduras and El Salvador: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Role of the U.S.

10:00 a.m.
Cannon House Office Building
Room 421
C Street Southeast
Washington, D.C., 20003

Over the next few months, two high-stakes elections will take place in Central America. On November 24, Honduras will hold its first presidential and congressional elections since the controversial 2009 vote organized under a de facto government.  In early February next year, the people of El Salvador will head to the polls for the first Presidential elections since the historic victory of the leftist party FMLN party in 2009. A panel of human rights defenders and country experts will share their analysis of what is at stake in these elections, what issues require attention both during the campaign and on election day, and how the U.S. government – long-involved in the internal politics of both nations – can play a constructive role in ensuring that these elections contribute to strengthening democracy, rather than undermining it.

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October 24-26, 2013

The Jobs Crisis: Causes, Cures, Constraints

Best Western Hotel Steglitz International
Albrechtstr. 2
12165 Berlin

More than five years after the beginning of the financial crisis in the United States, the world economy is still highly fragile. In particular, many countries are facing a severe jobs crisis. This is especially true for the euro area, which fell back into recession in 2012 and where unemployment has reached unprecedented levels. The conference, “The Jobs Crisis: Causes, Cures, Constraints,” will look at where new and decent jobs are to come from? CEPR Co-director Dean Baker will take part in a plenary session on macroeconomic policies, labor market institutions and good jobs. For more information, visit the conference website.

 

October 18, 2013

Full Employment and the Right to a Job: What Does it Mean? How Do We Get There?

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Columbia University
Faculty House
64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027

In 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed an Economic Bill of Rights whose guarantees included employment at living wages, housing, medical care, education and old age security. The conference, "An Economic Bill of Rights for the 21st Century," will consider FDR’s proposal in light of subsequent history. Have any of those rights originally proposed been achieved? What are their interconnections? How does FDR’s Bill of Rights need to be updated for the 21st Century? How can we secure these rights in the present political climate? CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker will take part in a panel on "Full Employment and the Right to a Job." For more information, visit the conference website.

 

October 17, 2013

You Need a Raise! Fighting Growing Income Inequality and the Policies that Foster It

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
4301 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22203

The incomes of most Americans have stagnated over the last 30 years while the incomes of the top 1 percent have shot up. In fact, almost all of the income growth since the recovery from the recession has gone to the top 1 percent. Recovery from the recession has been slow because most Americans have not participated in the recovery, and policies have not been implemented that reverse this trend. In a forum hosted by the National Affairs Committee and Fairfax County Democratic Committee, participants will examine causes of growing income inequality; illuminate the ever-widening drag on national economic growth and the social, financial, political costs; and propose policy corrections. The event was streamed live.

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October 12, 2013

Is the European Recovery Finally Under Way? And When Will Europe Return to Normal Levels of Employment? The Importance of Macroeconomic Policy for Europe and the World Economy

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
World Bank
1850 I Street, NW
Room I 2-210
Washington, D.C. 20037

The Eurozone has officially exited its longest recession, but many worries remain. A change in ECB policy last autumn – which effectively put a ceiling on interest rates for Spanish and Italian bonds – drastically reduced the threat of a financial meltdown. But austerity has continued to hold back the region's recovery, unemployment remains at record highs, and the long-term prospects for both a generation of workers and the potential output of the economy continues to diminish. This panel looked at what needs to be done to ensure that last quarter's growth was not another false start, and most importantly to reduce mass unemployment.

Panelists included CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot and Prakash Loungani, advisor for IMF's Research Department. The panel was chaired by Aldo Caliari, director of the Rethinking Bretton Woods Project, Center of Concern. The conference schedule is listed here.

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October 9, 2013

The Effects of the Health Law's Definitions of Full-Time Employee on Small Businesses

1:00 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2360
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, D.C.

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology held a hearing titled, "The Effects of the Health Law's Definitions of Full-Time Employee on Small Businesses."  The purpose of the hearing was to examine the potential effects of the health care law's definition of 30 hours a week as full-time employment and what this means for employment at small businesses. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker testified. The hearing also was streamed live.

 

October 1, 2013

New Regionalism in Latin America and Implications for the United States

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Rice University
James A. Baker III Hall
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX

Renewed interest in regionalism has surfaced in Latin America in the last few years. Leaders view regionalism as an effective strategy to promote economic development, leverage their influence in international organizations and achieve larger gains in trade negotiations. This panel, sponsored by the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, brought together a group of experts to explore the new regionalism in Latin America, the scope and future of regional organizations, and Washington’s position toward these new groups. CEPR Senior Associate for International Policy Alexander Main took part in the panel. 

 

September 26, 2013

Outside the Box: Reforming and Renewing the Postal Service, Part II - Promoting a 21st Century Workforce

10:00 a.m.
Dirksen Senate Office Building
SD-342
50 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker participated in a hearing before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to discuss the future of the U.S. Postal Service. Other participants included Frederic V. Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO; John F. Hegarty, president of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union; Robert J. Rapoza, president of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States; and Douglas J. Holtz-Eakin, Ph.D., president of the American Action Forum. A video of the hearing is available on the committee site.

 
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