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January 9, 2009

Beyond the Meltdown: Regulatory Reform of the Financial Sector

In the wake of the Wall Street meltdown, financial re-regulation is high on the legislative calendar for 2009. The Consumer Education Foundation, Demos, and Essential Information hosted an exciting symposium about what needs to be done. It took place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. (CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker participated in Panel # 3, "Charting a New Course: Regulation and Restructuring after the Cataclysm").

 

December 11, 2008

Ecuador's Debt Audit: Implications in the Global Economic Crisis

Minister of Economy and Finance of Ecuador, Maria Elsa Viteri, discussed the implications of the Ecuadorian debt situation in the context of the global economic crisis, including the negative impacts of deregulation of the financial markets and the lack of appropriate established international mechanisms for auditing developing country debt.

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December 10, 2008

Media Briefing: Ecuador's Debt Audit

Ecuador will announce a decision on December 15, 2008 regarding debt payment on approximately $3.8 billion in foreign debt. This comes after a 30-day grace period in which debt payments were suspended based on serious irregularities in the country’s debt history detailed in a 172-page final report by an independent Public Credit Audit Commission. If Ecuador defaults, it will be the first Latin America country to do so since Argentina in 2002.

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November 23, 2008

IOUSA Screening

CEPR Co-director Dean Baker and Diane Rogers, Chief Economist of the Concord Coalition, had a discussion on the views expressed in the film, IOUSA.

 

November 19, 2008

IOUSA Screening

Dean Baker, Co-Director of CEPR, and Paul Cullinan, Research Director for Budgeting for National Priorities at the Brookings Institution, had a discussion after a screening of IOUSA.

 

November 18, 2008

Financial Turmoil and the "Solutions" -- Will it Help or Worsen the Effects on Developing Countries?

World leaders of the G-20 gathered in Washington to discuss solutions to the global financial crisis. Although the crisis originated in the deregulated financial markets of the developed countries, the impacts of the crisis - both in the financial sector and in the real economy - are spreading globally, including to many countries of the global South. Will the "solutions" discussed at the G-20 meeting help or hurt developing countries?

Panelists Martin Khor, Director of the Third World Network and Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of CEPR, discussed appropriate regulatory mechanisms that are needed to prevent another similar crisis, and steps governments can take to reduce the impacts in the real economy of the US recession on countries globally.
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November 13, 2008

Media Briefing: Economists Question IMF's 'Firefighting' Abilities in Current Economic Crisis

As world leaders gather in Washington November 15, 2008, for a summit to address the global economic crisis, the International Monetary Fund is being touted as a "financial firefighter." However, the IMF's track record of the last 30 years casts serious doubts on that institution's ability to contain the financial meltdown. Rather than dousing flames, the IMF's prescriptions have often poured gasoline on economic fires in emerging nations, crippling long-term development. Should the IMF be designated as the lender of last resort, it must overhaul the structural adjustment policies that prevent many nations from providing basic services for their people.

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot joined Robert Weissman, Director of Essential Action, in a call with reporters that was moderated by Joanne Carter, Executive Director, RESULTS Educational Fund .

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Press Breakfast 

Argentina's Economic Recovery: Four Years After the Meltdown

National Press Club, November 30, 2005

Featuring:
Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Michael Mussa, former Research Director for the International Monetary Fund and current Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Economics  

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November 9, 2008

The Financial Crisis: How it Happened and What Needs to be Done

Dean Baker of CEPR and Martin Silver of USAction presented on the financial crisis at this year's Green Festival in DC.

 

November 6, 2008

US Economic Meltdown Made Simple

In early September 2008, U.S. financial leaders were saying "everything is fine." Weeks later, we were being told that unless Congress voted for a $700 billion bailout of Wall Street, the economic system was going to collapse. What really happened? It is important to realize that this was not some sort of unavoidable "natural disaster", but a human-created failure of public policy. Chuck Collins, director of IPS' program on Inequality and the Common Good, and Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, explained the basics and background of the financial crisis and gave a break down of the economic meltdown and its causes -- and what lies ahead in 2009.

 
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