Current Events in Washington, DC

  1. Good for Business: Making the Case for Strong Work-Life Policies

    Monday, February 5th
    Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
    Sponsor: Center for American Progress
    Location: 1333 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC

    The challenge of navigating the competing demands of work and family is an issue that impacts families across all economic levels and in every job sector. Without effective policy solutions that enable workers to fulfill their responsibilities at work and at home, too many workers are forced to make impossible choices between caring for family and ensuring their economic security. A growing number of businesses have found that strong work-life policies are essential to doing business effectively and profitably in a modern economy. Such policies are critical for businesses to retain talented workers and minimize turnover costs, as well as provide an orderly process for accommodating family and medical caregiving needs. Moreover, businesses have seen firsthand the economic benefits of strong work-life policies in terms of increasing productivity and enhancing competitiveness in an increasingly global economy.

  2. What will it take to move beyond GDP?

    Monday, February 5th
    Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
    Sponsor: The Brookings Institution
    Location: 1775 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC

    What is the best way to assess a nation’s prosperity over time? The most commonly used measure is Gross Domestic Product (GDP), but many experts say this indicator is too limited and point to a more comprehensive approach that includes “wealth accounting.”  This involves adding up assets such as infrastructure, forests, minerals, and human capital—much like a company evaluates both its income statement (flows) and balance sheet (stocks) to determine performance. The World Bank, a leader in this field, is publishing a new book, The Changing Wealth of Nations 2018, which tracks the wealth of 141 countries.

  3. Exploring the “Gig Economy” and the Future of Retirement Savings

    Tuesday, February 6th
    Time: 2:30pm
    Sponsor: US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
    Location: 428 Senate Dirksen Office Building, Washington, DC

    United States Senate Subcommittee Hearing on the “Gig Economy” and the Future of Retirement Savings.

  4. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: The New Business Tax Landscape

    Tuesday, February 13th
    Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm
    Sponsor: The Brookings Institution
    Location: 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is one of the largest tax code changes in 30 years and overhauls many provisions of tax law. Businesses, especially, will face dramatic tax changes.
    On Tuesday, February 13, the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center will bring together economists, practitioners, and other experts to discuss the business provisions of the new law. Separate panels will examine the implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for pass-through businesses and for multinational firms.

  5. Report Launch: A Role for Social Protection Investments to Support Food and Nutrition Security: Lessons from Ghana

    Tuesday, February 13th
    Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
    Sponsor: Center for Strategic and International Studies
    Location: CSIS Headquarters

    Cash transfer social protection programs have become increasingly prominent as a tool to combat food and nutrition insecurity worldwide. In Ghana, under the U.S. Feed the Future initiative to reduce extreme poverty and the prevalence of stunting, USAID collaborated with UNICEF to expand the country’s flagship national social protection program, the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) Program, to a new group of beneficiaries: pregnant women and children under 12 months old.

  6. The Bubble Economy – Is This Time Different?

    Wednesday, February 14th
    Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm
    Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute
    Location: AEI, Auditorium

    Two decades after Alan Greenspan’s famous “irrational exuberance” speech at AEI in 1996, global asset market prices again appear to be frothy. Years of highly unorthodox monetary policy have contributed to record-high global stock market prices, unprecedentedly low and even negative government bond yields, and renewed housing market bubbles.
    This seminar will discuss whether the world economy is now experiencing an asset market price bubble and what might be done to prevent such bubbles from forming. It will also consider how policymakers might better respond to the bursting of bubbles to avoid a repeat of the boom-bust cycles of recent years.

  7. Black Women and the Economy

    Tuesday, February 15th
    Time: 11:00am – 12:15pm
    Sponsor: Economic Policy Institute
    Location: House Office Building

    This Black History Month, join the Economic Policy Institute and Honorary Co-Hosts, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls), Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Barbara Lee, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus for a conversation about the state of black women in the U.S. economy.

  8. Webinar: Imagining a Future of Work that Fosters Mobility for All

    Thursday, February 15th
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Sponsor: US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty

    New technologies and alternative work arrangements are transforming the American labor market. Can businesses, workers, and policymakers leverage the ingenuity that created the dynamic 21st-century workplace to improve pathways to upward mobility?
    An idea proposal under the Partnership’s jobs strategy, Imagining a Future of Work That Fosters Mobility for All discusses how to transform jobs with low wages, erratic hours, and limited benefits into good jobs. The paper proposes using care work as a case study that could provide insights into how to upgrade jobs across other sectors.

  1. A New Approach to the Retirement Crisis

    Tuesday, February 6th
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Sponsor: Center for American Progress
    Location: 1333 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC

    The United States faces a retirement crisis. Millions of hardworking Americans are at risk of having to make substantial and painful cuts in their spending when they retire. It is abundantly clear that the current approach to saving for retirement is not working for many families.