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October 22, 2014

Private Eqiuity: 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). 

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 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.

 

September 23, 2014

12:00-1:30PM
BRICS Bank: A Challenge to Bretton Woods or More of the Same?

Institute for Policy Studies
IPS Conference Room
1112 16th Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036

Join the Institute for Policy Studies, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Center for Civil Society for a progressive and healthy public examination of differences over the emerging transcontinental economic bloc between Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

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September 18, 2014

6:30-8:00PM
Economist Ha-Joon Chang signs/discusses “Economics: The User’s Guide”

Busboys and Poets (5th & K)
1025 5th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Author, economist, and CEPR associate Ha-Joon Chang will appear at Busboys & Poets for a book signing and discussion of his new book Economics: The User's Guide. He will be joined by CEPR co-Director Mark Weisbrot.

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September 14, 2014

5:30pm - 7:00pm
Changing the Way Economics is Taught and Practiced in Business and Policy

The New School
66 West 12th Street
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 
Classrooms: 404, 406, 407, 410, 510

Dean Baker will address the need for reforming the way economic models and economic thinking influence  public policy, in turn offering tractable solutions; and Neva Goodwin will provide a blueprint for reforming the economics curriculum so as to make it more pluralistic and reflective.

Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC
Neva Goodwin, Co-Director of the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University

 

September 14, 2014

2:00 pm Pacific time
Firedoglake Book Salon: Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street


firedoglake

Private equity firms have long been at the center of public debates on the impact of the financial sector on Main Street companies. Are these firms financial innovators that save failing businesses or financial predators that bankrupt otherwise healthy companies and destroy jobs? The first comprehensive examination of this topic, Private Equity at Work provides a detailed yet accessible guide to this controversial business model. Economist Eileen Appelbaum and Professor Rosemary Batt carefully evaluate the evidence—including original case studies and interviews, legal documents, bankruptcy proceedings, media coverage, and existing academic scholarship—to demonstrate the effects of private equity on American businesses and workers.

 

 

August 21, 2014

2:30-4:00PM
Opposing the rules of banks and finance globally / how did finance come to rule the world, and what can we do about it?

European Summer University for Social Movements
Université Paris VII-Diderot 
16 rue Marguerite Duras 
75013 Paris

CEPR's Domestic Policy Director Nicole Woo will speak on a panel addressing the growth of global finance.

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August 6, 2014

1:00-4:00 PM
Mayor's Task Force on Paid Sick Leave - Public Hearing

Community College of Philadelphia
1700 Spring Garden Street
Center for Business and Industry Building
Room C2-5
Philadelphia, PA 19130

The Mayor’s Task Force on Paid Sick Leave will hold a public hearing at Community College of Philadelphia, 18th and Callowhill Streets, Room C2-5 (Center for Business and Industry Building) from 1-4pm. The task forceis charged with evaluation Philadelphia's current array of paid sick leave policies; how these policies compare to competitor cities and neighboring jurisdications; and the likely impacts on employers and employees mandating paid sick leave. CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum will present testimony supporting paid leave policies.

 

 

July 9, 2014

7:00-9:00 PM

Busboys and Poets (14th and V)
2021 14th St, NW
The Legacy of Independence and Democracy in Venezuela

The Legacy of Independence and Democracy in Venezuela

In honor of Venezuela Week at Busboys and Poets and the 203rd anniversary of Venezuelan independence this week, the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will host a panel discussion on the impact of Venezuelan independence and democracy in the country today. The discussion will feature experts on Venezuela including CEPR Director of International Policy Deborah James, Senior Associate General Counsel for the United Steelworkers Dan Kovalik, Professor Steve Ellner, and Professor Paul Tennassee.

The panel will be followed by a Q & A session. No RSVP is necessary.

 

 

June 24, 2014

8:00-10:00am
Demos
220 5th Ave, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Good News on Paid Family Leave: Political and Practical Lessons from New Jersey and California

The New York legislature is now considering a bill that would provide workers with up to 12 weeks of paid family leave. Three other states have already passed similar laws and begun the process of providing benefits to workers caring for new babies or seriously ill family members.  Demos is hosting a discussion of the political and practical lessons New Yorkers can learn from the passage and implementation of paid leave New Jersey and California.

The panel will include CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum and mark the publication of “Business as Usual,” a report she co-authored with Demos' Sharon Lerner, on the experience of employers with New Jersey’s Family Leave Insurance program.  Other speakers include Sherry Leiwant of A Better Balance and Donna Dolan of the New York State Paid Leave Coalition.

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