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October 1, 2013

New Regionalism in Latin America and Implications for the United States

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Rice University
James A. Baker III Hall
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX

Renewed interest in regionalism has surfaced in Latin America in the last few years. Leaders view regionalism as an effective strategy to promote economic development, leverage their influence in international organizations and achieve larger gains in trade negotiations. This panel, sponsored by the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, brought together a group of experts to explore the new regionalism in Latin America, the scope and future of regional organizations, and Washington’s position toward these new groups. CEPR Senior Associate for International Policy Alexander Main took part in the panel. 

 

September 26, 2013

Outside the Box: Reforming and Renewing the Postal Service, Part II - Promoting a 21st Century Workforce

10:00 a.m.
Dirksen Senate Office Building
SD-342
50 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker participated in a hearing before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to discuss the future of the U.S. Postal Service. Other participants included Frederic V. Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO; John F. Hegarty, president of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union; Robert J. Rapoza, president of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States; and Douglas J. Holtz-Eakin, Ph.D., president of the American Action Forum. A video of the hearing is available on the committee site.

 

September 19, 2013

Haiti: Ongoing Engagement

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001

This issue forum, part of the 43rd Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference, focused on important ongoing issues in Haiti, including the lack of permanent, safe, and affordable housing, progress combating the cholera epidemic, the status of reconstruction efforts, and efforts to improve Haiti’s judicial and criminal justice system. This panel featured CEPR Research Associate Jake Johnston as well as other experts from non-governmental organizations, the advocacy community, the U.S. government, and the Government of Haiti. 

 

September 19, 2013

Jobs Crisis: Growth, Inequality and Full Employment

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001

The Great Recession had a serious and enduring impact on African American employment, but even in the best of economic times, unemployment among African Americans tends to be substantially higher than the jobless rates for the country as a whole. Economists typically expect that increases in education and work experience will increase workers’ productivity and translate into higher compensation. But, the share of black workers in good jobs- one that pays at least $19 per hour, has employer- provided health insurance, and an employer-sponsored retirement plan- has actually declined even while education and work experience has increased. This panel, part of the 43rd Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference, looked at these trends and policies that would have a large, positive impact in creating quality jobs for black workers. CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt took part in the panel, which was hosted by Rep. John Conyers, Jr.

 

September 16, 2013

Taking Economics Seriously – with Dean Baker

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Economic Opportunity Institute
6755 Sycamore Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA 98117

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker discussed his book, "Taking Economics Seriously," and what we have to gain by freeing ourselves from ideological blinders and getting back to basics in the most troubled parts of our economy. "Taking Economics Seriously" offers an alternative Econ 101. It introduces economic principles and thinks through what we might gain if we free ourselves from ideological blinders and get back to basics in the most troubled parts of our economy. You can RSVP for the event here.

 

September 9, 2013

The Labor Market Today: Is Unemployment Cyclical or Structural?

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
AEI
1150 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

America’s persistently high level of unemployment is one of the greatest challenges facing policymakers in the wake of the Great Recession. Is this unemployment crisis a product of normal business cycle activity, or does it stem from a structural problem in the labor force? CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in panel discussion with Peter Diamond of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Kevin Hassett of AEI. A video of the event is available below or after the jump.

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September 7, 2013

Houston Peace and Justice Center 2013 Economic Justice Conference

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Hilton University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX, 77004

As part of the Houston Peace and Justice Center 2013 Economic Justice Conference, CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker will deliver the keynote speech. For more information, check out the conference site.

 

August 11, 2013

Session at ASA Annual Meeting: New Forms of Workplace Flexibility

2:30 - 4:10 p.m.
Hilton New York Midtown and the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers
New York, NY 10019

Workplace practices designed to enhance workers’ (and sometimes employers’) flexibility are becoming increasingly important, as dual earner families continue to increase and time pressures on families intensify. CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum took part in a session of the American Sociological Association annual meeting that discussed a variety of ways in which employers, unions and other policy makers are seeking to address concerns related to workplace flexibility. 

 

July 30, 2013

National Council on Teacher Retirement 13th Annual Trustee Workshop

11 a.m.
The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations
The Belfer Building, Harvard University
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

As part of the second day of the National Council on Teacher Retirement's annual trustee workshop and forum, CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker talked about "Trends in the Discount Rate." 

 

June 26, 2013

Discussion, Book-Signing For 'We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution'

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Busboys and Poets, 14th and V
Langston Room
2021 14th Street Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20009

CEPR joined the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Institute for Policy Studies and Teaching for Change in co-sponsoring a discussion and book signing for author George Ciccariello-Maher's "We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution." For more information, visit the event's website.

 
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