4/4 Seminar: Changes in the Media

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Changes in the Media and How Newspapers Can Survive in the Current Landscape

Tuesday, April 4, 2017  5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Suite 1200 East, American Public Transportation Association

1300 I Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005

Metro: McPherson Square (14th St. exit)


Mizell Stewart III, President, American Society of News Editors

Light refreshments will be served at 5:45 pm, and the seminar begins at 6:00 pm.    The seminar is free but reservations are required. Please email Melvyn Sacks at for reservations and admittance.

The environment of newspapers has substantially changed with digital media, including Facebook and Twitter, which also have news on their platforms. Advertising is at the heart of the viability of newspapers, and advertising has been withdrawing from newsprint at a rapid pace.  Many newspapers still have investigative journalism and world-wide reporting, which can be quite expensive.  They also have editors to ensure that what they print is factual.

Other on-line media may be politically biased, have little concern for factual accuracy, or may even present “fake news.”  While traditional newspapers have been turning increasingly to on-line platforms and charging for on-line content, can they still survive in an atmosphere of strident political divides in the country?  A free press is also a bulwark of democracy and speaking truth to power. But the President has been calling the New York Times and other main-line newspapers an enemy of the American people.

Mr. Mizell Stewart III will delve into these questions, and whether an objective news media can survive in the current atmosphere.


Evening seminar on CFPB 12/6/16

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Issues and Outlook

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Americans for Financial Reform, 1620 L Street NW, 11th floor, Washington, DC 20006

Metro: Farragut North Station


Gynnie Robnett, Payday Campaign Director, Americans for Financial Reform

Christina Stacy, Research Associate, Urban Institute

Light refreshments will be served at 5:45 pm, and the seminar begins at 6:00 pm.   The seminar is free but please email Jack Ventura at for reservations.

Largely the brainchild of Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) came into being under The Dodd-Frank Act as the primary regulator of consumer financial services when Democrats had control of Congress (2010). CFPB is a consumer watchdog on predatory practices in such areas as payday loans, car title loans, and overdraft fees, which have been plaguing consumers for years. CFPB also arms people with the information, steps, and tools that they need to make smart financial decisions.

Conservatives in Congress have fiercely opposed the agency and may work to dismantle or neutralize it under the coming Trump Administration. Gynnie Robnett of Americans for Financial Reform will explain the deceptive practices of greatest concern to the public which CFPB is addressing, why regulation is needed to deal with them, and the outlook for the agency in the coming years. Christina Stacy will discuss her CFPB funded research that she undertook at the Urban Institute, which examines two approaches to financial education. There will be ample time after their presentations for questions and answers.

Panel Discussion: Transportation Priorities in Congress

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016  5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Suite 1200 East, American Public Transportation Association

1300 I Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005

Metro: McPherson Square (14th St. exit)                  


Patrick Fuchs, Staff, Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation

Allison Cullin,  Staff, Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation

Light refreshments will be served at 5:45 pm, and the seminar begins at 6:00 pm.    The seminar is free but please email Melvyn Sacks at for reservations.

Transportation infrastructure in the United States is seriously inadequate, with roads, rail, bridges and tunnel infrastructure needing to be upgraded or replaced if the U.S. wants to maintain a competitive economy.  Many bridges and tunnels in the Northeast rail corridor date from the mid-19th century and are near the end of their useful life, with serious bottlenecks developing.  Unlike other advanced countries, the U.S. has no true high-speed rail.

The panel will discuss transportation priorities and legislation, including the FAST Act, which is a $305 billion five-year bill passed on December 4, 2015 for state and local agencies that depend on this funding for critical transportation infrastructure and safety projects.  This provides five years of dependable funding for Highway Trust Fund programs and realistic Amtrak and New Start target authorization levels with new freight focus.  TIGER grants for $500 million have been made available for transportation projects across the country that focuses on transportation capital projects that generate economic development. Allison Cullin and Patrick Fuchs will detail the status of legislation in Congress that would fund critically needed transportation projects.

5/31 talk on panel surveys @BLS

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Ruben Bach of the Institute for Employment Research, in Nuremberg, Germany, will present “Does Participating in a Panel Survey Change Labor Market Behavior?” and his discussant will be John Czajka, of Mathematica. The event, also sponsored by DC-AAPOR and the Washington Statistical Society’s Methodology Section, will be Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 12:30 to 2pm, at the Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center (Room 8), 2 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC 20212.


To attend in person, please place a ticket order here, to get on the BLS visitor list, or email your name, affiliation, and the seminar name to by noon at least two days in advance of the seminar. If attending in person, please bring a photo ID.

To attend remotely (no registration necessary), visit:

For audio, dial: 1-866-747-9048 (US), or 1-517-233-2139, access code 938 454 2.

Abstract: Panel surveys are a key resource to measure changes over time and perform causal analyses, but repeated participation in a survey can induce undesirable changes as well.
Changes may occur in respondents’ behavior and/or in their reporting of behavior. These changes, both in reporting and in behavior, that are due to repeated participation in a
survey are called panel conditioning. Using administrative data linked to a large German panel survey, we … show that panel respondents participate in more programs than those who were also eligible for participation but were not selected.

Researching U.S. Trade Policy Using Library of Congress Resources

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Thursday, 9th April 2015 from 10:00 to 11:30 am

Registration: email Bonni Blarcom at

If you have questions, please call: (202) 707-7934 or (202) 707-3156

Request ADA accommodations five days in advance by calling (202) 707-6362 or

Click here for the seminar’s flyer

Economics of Cyber Attacks and Security

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Economics of Cyber Attacks and Security
Thursday, March 26, 2015 5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Conference room 483, Congressional Budget Office
2nd & D Streets, SW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20515
(Metro: Federal Center Station) (more…)

SGE Evening Seminar: Tax Reform Proposals

Monday, December 23rd, 2013


Dr. Thomas Hungerford, Senior Economist and Director, Tax and Budget Policy, Economic Policy Institute

Dr. Diane Lim, Chief Economist, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Thursday, January 16, 2014  5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(light refreshments will be served)
Wellstone conference room, 3rd floor.
1333 H St, N.W. (between 13th and 14th Streets.)
Washington, DC20005

(Metro: McPherson Square Station)

SGE Evening Seminar: How Political Donations Influence Economic Decisions

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Bob Edgar, President and CEO, Common Cause
Paul S. Herrnson, Director, Center for American Politics and Citizenship, University of Maryland at College Park

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. (Refreshments 5:45 p.m.)
Conference Room, Common Cause, Room 900, 9th Floor
1133 19th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036
Metro: Farragut North (red line) or Farragut West (Blue or Orange line) (more…)

June 22, 2011 Seminar: Budget Priorities for the New Congress

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Dr. James R. Horney, Vice President for Federal Fiscal Policy,
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Dr. Heather Boushey, Senior Economist, Center for American Progress (more…)

January 13, 2011 Seminar: The Role of Women in Fostering Economic Development

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Pierella Paci, Sector Manager, Gender and Development, World Bank
Carol Graham, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Thursday, January 13, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. (Refreshments 5:45 p.m.)
Conference room 483, Congressional Budget Office
2nd & D Streets, SW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20515
(Metro: Federal Center Station)