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October 9, 2008

Global Financial Stability: What Role for the IMF?

Economists Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot discussed the current economic crisis and considered the choice of the IMF as a future global finance regulator. The IMF's failure to provide advance warning of most of the major financial crises of the last 15 years and its record of suggesting inappropriate remedies after the fact raise serious questions about its ability to perform this function.

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August 5, 2008

The Distribution of Bolivia’s Most Important Natural Resources and the Autonomy Conflicts

On August 10, Bolivian voters will participate in recall referenda that will determine whether the president, vice-president, and governors of Bolivia’s states will continue to serve in office. While polls suggest easy victories for President Evo Morales and Vice President Álvaro García Linera, some regional governors in the Eastern lowland states may face rejection. A number of Eastern lowland states, meanwhile, have recently held referenda on new “autonomy” measures, despite rulings from the electoral court declaring these votes to be illegal.

What role does the distribution of land and natural gas – Bolivia’s most important resources – play in the “autonomy” movements’ opposition to the Bolivian government’s policies?

The Center for Economic and Policy Research hosted a panel discussion that examined these questions and their centrality to Bolivia's political divide.

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July 24, 2008

National Association of Letter Carriers' 66th Biennial Convention

Dean Baker was an invited speaker at the National Association of Letter Carriers' 66th Biennial Convention in Boston, MA. Also invited to address the convention were nationally recognized labor and civic leaders, including Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Philip Bowyer, deputy general secretary, Union Network International, Reps. John Tierney and Michael Capuano, both (D-MA), John McHugh (R-NY) and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY).

 

July 16, 2008

The Impact of IMF Policies on Developing Countries

CEPR Board member Robert Pollin delivered a plenary address as part of the RESULTS annual conference. RESULTS is a nonprofit grassroots advocacy organization committed to creating the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty.

 

June 24, 2008

Foreclosing on the American Dream: The Story Behind the Housing Market Collapse and Sub-Prime Mortgage Scandal

Sponsored by Democracy for Montgomery County (DFMC), CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker and Sarah Bloom Raskin, Maryland's Commissioner of Financial Regulation, discussed the lead-up to the current housing crisis from a macro- and micro-economic perspective.

 

June 12, 2008

Progressive Change in Latin America: Is the U.S. Media Getting the Story Right?

Mark Weisbrot traveled to the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee to give a talk on the state of U.S. media reporting on Latin America. More information can be found here.

 

May 29, 2008

Latin America in the Post-Bush Era: What Can We Expect in the Next Phase of U.S.-Latin American Relations?

The United States' influence in Latin America has plummeted during the Bush Administration, as political and economic change has swept much of the region. The Council on Foreign Relations noted recently that "If there was an era of U.S. hegemony in Latin America, it is over." Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Global Prosperity at the Independent Institute, and CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot, recently discussed how the new U.S. President and Congress might deal with this new reality.

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May 21, 2008

Neighborhoods: The Blameless Victims of the Subprime Mortgage Crisis

Dean Baker testified before the Subcommittee on Domestic Policy, with Rep. Dennis Kucinich presiding as chairman of the committee.

 

May 14, 2008

Latin America's Economic Prospects as the U.S. Economy Slows

The U.S. economy is facing what is possibly its worst recession in more than a quarter century, as an $8 trillion housing bubble continues to deflate and consumers pull back. The U.S. trade gap will probably continue to narrow, affecting U.S. trading partners, including Latin America. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot recently discussed these issues with Anne Krueger, professor of International Economics at the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. and former World Bank Chief Economist and First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.

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April 23, 2008

Venezuela: What is 21st Century Socialism and Where is it Leading?

Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of CEPR, joined John Dinges, Professor of Journalism at Columbia University, for a "Table Talk Lunch Series" event at 12PM. This event was sponsored by the Office of the University Chaplain and the Council on Latin American Studies.

 
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