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November 19, 2014

6:30 - 8:00 PM
Private Equity at Work: Talk and Book Signing with Eileen Appelbaum and Rosemary Batt

Busboys and Poets
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20009

Join moderator William Greider, National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation, for a cutting edge talk and book signing with CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum and Cornell's Rosemary Batt. In Private Equity at Work, a groundbreaking analysis of a hotly contested business model, Eileen and Rose provide an unprecedented analysis of the little-understood inner workings of private equity (PE) and of the effects of leveraged buyouts on American companies and workers.

Since 2000, nearly 11,500 companies—representing almost 8 million employees—have been purchased by PE firms. As their role in the economy has increased, PE firms have come under fire from labor unions and community advocates who argue that the proliferation of leveraged buyouts destroys jobs, busts unions, causes wages to stagnate, saddles otherwise healthy companies with debt, and leads to subsidies from taxpayers.

This event is co-hosted by IPS’ Inequality & The Common Good, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the Campaign for America's Future, Americans for Financial Reform, Teaching for Change Bookstore, and Busboys and Poets.

Facebook page for this event is located here.

 

November 6, 2014

2:30 PM
Recession, recovery, and labor market flexibility in the United States, 2007-2013

Pierre Laroque Conference Room
Ministère des Affaires sociales, de la Santé et des Droits des femmes
14, avenue Duquesne - 75007 Paris, France

On November 6th and 7th, 2014, the French Ministry of Labor, Employment, Training and Social dialogue - the Department of Research, Studies and Statistics (DARES) - and the Center for economic research and its applications (CEPREMAP) have the pleasure to invite you at the conference on “European and American Labor Markets in the Crisis”.

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October 29, 2014

Congressional Briefing: Latin American Human Rights Defenders on the Impact of U.S. Security Policy in Mexico, Central America and Colombia

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
1:00-2:30 PM
2226 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Sponsored by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, JASS, the Guatemala Human Rights Commission, CISPES, and CIP-Americas

Hosted by The Office of Representative Hank Johnson

In early June, an unprecedented influx of child migrants fleeing violence in their communities led to a humanitarian emergency along our southern border. Late last month, 43 students in the western Mexican state of Guerrero disappeared after being detained by local police. Though the U.S. has provided hundreds of millions of dollars of assistance to security forces in Mexico and Central America, violence continues to rage in these countries, and - all too often - police and military agents from these countries appear to be a part of the problem.

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October 22, 2014

12-1 PM
Private Equity: When Wall Street Manages Main Street

Harvard Kennedy School
Belfer Building
L-4 Conference Room (lobby level entrace on the corner of JFK and Eliot Street).
Cambridge, MA 

The IRI will be hosting a Brown Bag Lunch, featuring Senior Economist at the Center for Economic Policy and Research, Eileen Appelbaum and Alice Hanson Cook Professor of Women and Work,  Industrial and Labor Relations School, Cornell University. In this talk, Eileen Appelbaum and Rosemary Batt will discuss their innovative analysis of a controversial business model from their recent book, Private Equity: When Wall Street Manages Main Street. In their new book, the authors help to demystify the opaque world of private equity and offer the first complete examination of the industry. Furthermore, this work looks closely at the less discussed effects that leveraged buyouts have on American companies, workers, and the U.S. economy at large.

 

October 21, 2014

7:00 - 8:30 PM
When Wall Street Manages Main Street: Shining a Light on the Shadow Banking System

First Church JP
6 Eliot St
Boston, MA

Since 2000, nearly 11,500 companies—representing almost 8 million employees—have been purchased by investment managers that make investments in the private equity of operating companies through a variety of loosely affiliated investment strategies including leveraged buyout, venture capital, and growth capital, otherwise known asprivate equity (PE) firms.

Private Equity at Work, a groundbreaking analysis of a hotly contested business model, Economist Eileen Appelbaum andProfessor Rosemary Batt show that Private Equity firms’ financial strategies are designed to extract maximum value from the companies they buy and sell, often to the detriment of those companies and their employees and suppliers. These actions often lead to financial distress and a disproportionate focus on cost-cutting, outsourcing, and wage and benefit losses for workers, especially if they are unionized.

 

October 21, 2014

12:30-2:20 PM
How Private Equity Firms Manage Labor and Employment Relations

MIT Sloan School of Management
Building E62-346
Cambridge, MA

Eileen Appelbaum (Center for Economic and Policy Research) & Rosemary Batt (Cornell University) will discuss the groundbreaking analysis of a hotly contested business model as presented in their new book, Private Equity at Work. They document that while private equity firms have had positive effects on the operations and growth of small and mid-sized companies and in turning around failing companies, the interventions of private equity more often than not lead to significant negative consequences for many businesses and workers. This is an unprecedented analysis of the little-understood inner workings of private equity and of the effects of leveraged buyouts on American companies and workers.

 

October 16, 2014

'Financialisation' - What Does It Mean for Work and Employment?

College Court
Knighton Road
Leicester, UK, LE2 3UF

The UK and USA led the way in the 1970s and 1980s in creating the conditions for a new global financial system, but our understanding of the effects upon the world of work and the shifting relationship between work and finance remains limited. There has been much discussion of the growing complexity and instability of financial models, but very little scrutiny of how the financial world affects the real economy. How does financialisation impact on the productivity, prospects and well-being of people at work? Hedge funds, private equity firms, and sovereign wealth funds are at the centre of debates on the imposition of the priorities of financial capitalism on established regimes of managerial capitalism, but are these intermediaries innovators or predators in business and people management strategies? Do they diminish the quality of production and service provision and the productivity and well-being of the workforce?

Professor Ian Clark works at the Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures where Professor Eileen Appelbaum is a visiting professor.

 

October 13, 2014


10:30-11:30 AM
National Council on Teacher Retirement Annual Conference

JW Marriott
10 S West Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

CEPR's Dean Baker will be speaking on a panel about "Retirement Challenges" at the 92nd annual conference of the National Council on Teacher Retirement, along with Diane Oakley of the National Institute on Retirement Security and Dallas Salisbury of the Employee Benefit Research Institute and moderated by Jack Ehnes of CalSTRS. 


Only members of NCTR may attend the conference.  For more information about the conference as well as registration and membership fees, click here.

 

 October 11, 2014

11:00am-12:30pm

The Impact of the BRICS’ Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) and the New Development Bank (NDB)

World Bank I Building
1850 I St NW, Room I2-210
Washington, DC 20006

Panelists: Mark Weisbrot (Center for Economic and Policy Research), Nancy Alexander (Heinrich Boell Foundation), Aldo Caliari (Center of Concern)
Chair: Deborah James, Center for Economic and Policy Research

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October 1, 2014

12:00 PM
Rethinking Housing Bubbles: The Role of Household and Bank Balance Sheets in Modeling Economic Cycles

Hayek Auditorium
CATO Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001-5403

Featuring the authors Vernon L. Smith, Laureate 2002, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences and Professor, Chapman University; and Steven D. Gjerstad, Presidential Fellow, Chapman University; with comments by Dean Baker, Co-founder, Center for Economic and Policy Research; moderated by Mark A. Calabria, Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute.

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