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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.

 

September 19, 2013

Haiti: Ongoing Engagement

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001

This issue forum, part of the 43rd Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference, focused on important ongoing issues in Haiti, including the lack of permanent, safe, and affordable housing, progress combating the cholera epidemic, the status of reconstruction efforts, and efforts to improve Haiti’s judicial and criminal justice system. This panel featured CEPR Research Associate Jake Johnston as well as other experts from non-governmental organizations, the advocacy community, the U.S. government, and the Government of Haiti. 

 

September 19, 2013

Jobs Crisis: Growth, Inequality and Full Employment

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001

The Great Recession had a serious and enduring impact on African American employment, but even in the best of economic times, unemployment among African Americans tends to be substantially higher than the jobless rates for the country as a whole. Economists typically expect that increases in education and work experience will increase workers’ productivity and translate into higher compensation. But, the share of black workers in good jobs- one that pays at least $19 per hour, has employer- provided health insurance, and an employer-sponsored retirement plan- has actually declined even while education and work experience has increased. This panel, part of the 43rd Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference, looked at these trends and policies that would have a large, positive impact in creating quality jobs for black workers. CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt took part in the panel, which was hosted by Rep. John Conyers, Jr.

 

September 16, 2013

Taking Economics Seriously – with Dean Baker

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Economic Opportunity Institute
6755 Sycamore Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA 98117

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker discussed his book, "Taking Economics Seriously," and what we have to gain by freeing ourselves from ideological blinders and getting back to basics in the most troubled parts of our economy. "Taking Economics Seriously" offers an alternative Econ 101. It introduces economic principles and thinks through what we might gain if we free ourselves from ideological blinders and get back to basics in the most troubled parts of our economy. You can RSVP for the event here.

 

September 9, 2013

The Labor Market Today: Is Unemployment Cyclical or Structural?

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
AEI
1150 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

America’s persistently high level of unemployment is one of the greatest challenges facing policymakers in the wake of the Great Recession. Is this unemployment crisis a product of normal business cycle activity, or does it stem from a structural problem in the labor force? CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in panel discussion with Peter Diamond of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Kevin Hassett of AEI. A video of the event is available below or after the jump.

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September 7, 2013

Houston Peace and Justice Center 2013 Economic Justice Conference

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Hilton University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX, 77004

As part of the Houston Peace and Justice Center 2013 Economic Justice Conference, CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker will deliver the keynote speech. For more information, check out the conference site.

 
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