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June 17, 2014

3:00 PM

Rayburn House Office Bldg. RM# 2456
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20515

Humanitarian Crisis at the U.S.- Mexico Border: Understanding the Surge of Unaccompanied Minors at U.S. Borders

The Department of Homeland Security estimates that well over 60,000 children will appear at the border by the end of 2014. This alarming statistic is a drastic increase compared to 2013 when only 24,000 children were apprehended at U.S. borders. CEPR Senior Associate for International Policy Alex Main will participate in a congressional briefing hosted by Representative Hank Johnson, which will examine how the current situations in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador have caused such unprecedented numbers of unaccompanied children to arrive to the U.S. – Mexico border. He will be joined by Geoff Thale of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and Megan McKenna of Kids In Need of Defense (KIND).

Please contact Sascha Thompson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Whitney Marshall at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in Representative Johnson's office for questions. 

 

May 27, 2014

1:00 - 4:00 PM
Milton Marks Auditorium
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

Department of Labor Regional Forums - San Francisco

The White House, the Department of Labor, and the Center for American Progress will host a Summit on Working Families to set an agenda for a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans.

Leading up to the June 23 White House Summit on Working Families, the Department of Labor will host forums across the United States to identify initiatives that benefit America’s working families, businesses and economy. These discussions will help inform the national Summit, which will build momentum around key policy goals and best practices to help both workers and businesses succeed.

CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum will be speaking at this event along with featured speaker, Thomas E. Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor.

 For more information, contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  at (858) 547-9912

CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum shares the stage with other panelists

From left:

Ann O'Leary, Vice president and director Children and Families Program, Next Generation,
John Arensmeyer; CEO Small Business Majority,
Eileen Appelbaum; Economist and Author, Unifinished Business
James Freeman; CEO Blue Bottle Coffee, and
Jody Greenstone Miller; founder and CEO, Busniess Talent Group.

 

April 29, 2014

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Milken Institute Global Conference
Beverly Hilton 
9876 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Jobs in the Developed World

CEPR's Dean Baker will be a speaker at the Milken Institute Global Conference, which annually gathers 3,000 leaders in business, finance, government, public policy, academia, philanthropy, law, science, and news media to exchange ideas and solve some of the world's toughest challenges.

Dean will be joined by Steven Rattner, Kevin Hassett, Diana Farrell and Beth Ann Bovino on a panel about "Jobs in the Developed World." While unemployment has long been considered an unfortunate fact of free-market capitalism, factors ranging from technological advances in emerging markets and the rapid automation of service industries to the changing dynamics of the business cycle are lengthening joblessness and forcing more people to settle for work that pays little and requires fewer skills. This panel will discuss what can be done to reverse the trend without undermining the flexibility of labor markets or hindering globalization.

For registration information, click here.

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

11:30 am
College Court Conference Centre
Knighton Road, Leicester LE2 3UF
United Kingdom

Work Futures in the United States

CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum will be one of the keynote speakers at the inaugural conference for the University of Leicester's Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures. She will be speaking about ‘Work Futures in the United States.’

The Centre aims to shape and improve policy analysis and inform practice by bringing together a team of networked researchers to advance knowledge and understanding of work and employment futures. There is a compelling warrant for a fresh look at the changing world of work. Established analytical and policy frameworks have been challenged by the scale and scope of the economic crisis, by demographic shifts, and by new business models and patterns of employment. The expansion of managerial and professional occupations has been accompanied by a proliferation of low paid work but limited growth in the middle-ranking jobs that had been a salient feature of capitalism in the twentieth century. The evidence points to far reaching changes in the international division of labour, in work organisations, and in employment relations, but as yet we have limited understanding of the longer-term significance of these developments.

Attendance at the Inaugural Conference is by invitation only. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information on 0116 229 7331

 

April 15, 2014

Thomas Piketty’s Book Release: Capital in the Twenty-First Century

12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Urban Institute
2100 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20037

Register now. Registration is required to attend this event.

Unable to attend in person? This event will be webcast live here (registration not required).

The growth of income and wealth inequality has enormous economic and political consequences, both in the United States and around the world. The subject is likely to be a major issue in this year’s congressional elections and the 2016 presidential campaign.

The debate will be informed by Paris School of Economics Professor Thomas Piketty’s new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Piketty, drawing on two centuries of data in 20 countries, concludes that extreme and potentially destabilizing increases in inequality may be in our future absent changes in public policy.

Piketty will provide a brief synopsis of his book. Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Kevin Hassett of the American Enterprise Institute will provide commentary. Tax Policy Center Director Len Burman will moderate the discussion, focusing on the role tax policy might play in mitigating income inequality, and field questions from the audience.

 

April 9, 2014

Book Talk: "Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People"

12:30 - 2:00 pm
Public Affairs Building, Room 4357
University of California, Los Angeles
5151 State University Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90032

A book talk and signing presented by Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research, with discussant Andrew Atkeson, UCLA Economics.

While most people intuitively know that low unemployment is important to job seekers, they may not realize that high levels of employment actually would make an enormous difference in the lives of large segments of the workforce who already have jobs. Particularly in an era of historically high wage and income inequality, many in the workforce depend on full employment labor markets, and the bargaining power it provides, to secure a fair share of the economy’s growth. For the bottom third or even half of the wage distribution, high levels of employment are a necessary condition for improving wages, higher incomes, and better working conditions. 

Getting Back to Full Employment, co-authored by Jared Bernstein and Dean Baker, shows that real wage growth for workers in the bottom half of the income scale is highly dependent on the overall rate of unemployment and that full employment would lead to improved fiscal conditions. The authors also present a broad set of policies designed to boost growth and get the unemployment rate down to a level where far more workers have a fighting chance of getting ahead.

This event is presented by UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) and cosponsored by the Department of Economics.

 

April 9, 2014

Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street

1:00-2:30 pm
Labor Education Center, Room 130/131
50 Labor Center Way
Douglass Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Economist Eileen Appelbaum and Professor Rosemary Batt present results from the first comprehensive examination of how the law views private equity firms as investors rather than employers, in turn leaving private equity owners unaccountable for their actions in ways that public corporations are. Since 2000, nearly 11,500 companies—representing almost 8 million employees—have been purchased by private equity firms. Are these firms financial innovators that save failing businesses or financial predators that bankrupt otherwise healthy companies and destroy jobs?

This event is part of the Capitalism and Democracy in Conflict? Governing Work in the Global Economy Lecture Series. It is sponsored by Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations and Rutgers Center for European Studies. Support provided by Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs. 

This is a FREE event. For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

April 8, 2014

The Importance of Full Employment and the Routes for Getting There

7:30pm
Multipurpose Room of the Student Resource Building at UCSB
University of California, Santa Barbara
Isla Vista, CA 93117

As part of a year-long programming series at UC Santa Barbara, "The Great Society at Fifty: Democracy in America 1964/2014," CEPR co-director Dean Baker will speak on "The Importance of Full Employment and the Routes for Getting There." 

On this fiftieth anniversary of the Great Society, UCSB's initiative provides an opportunity for teaching, public outreach, and community engagement on an extraordinarily broad range of still contested commitments (to political and social rights, economic and social opportunities, more inclusive immigration policies) that may once again be approaching historical turning points much as they were half a century ago.

This event is free and open to the public, RSVPs are appreciated but not required. RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/mfjp722

 
 

April 4, 2014

Unemployment and Inequality: A Path Forward

7:30 - 9:00 pm
The Humanities Building, Room 2650
455 North Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

UW-Madison Campus

The Madison Institute is presenting this public forum featuring economist Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC.

All TMI events are free and open to the public. Contact Kelly for questions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 608/438-4178.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters - WI, Common Cause - WI, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, Wisconsin Grassroots Network, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, and The Progressive Magazine.

 

April 2, 2014

Book Talk: "Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street"

12:30 - 2:00pm
UCLA Anderson School of Management
Cornell Hall D307
110 Westwood Plaza B201
Los Angeles, CA 90024

UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment is hosting this colloquium by:

Eileen Appelbaum, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Rosemary Batt, ILR School, Cornell University

About their upcoming book, Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street:

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.  Noted labor experts Eileen Appelbaum and Rosemary Batt carefully evaluate the evidence--including original case studies and interviews, legal documents, bankruptcy proceedings, media coverage, and existing academic scholarship--to demonstrate that while private equity firms have had some positive effects on the operations and growth of small and mid-sized companies, the interventions of private equity more often than not lead to significant negative consequences for many businesses and workers. 

 
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