Capital Matters VII - Managing Labor's Capital

April 29-May 1, 2009

coverThe Pensions Project held its 7th annual “Capital Matters: Managing Labor’s Capital” conference on April 29 – May 1, 2009. Many of the sessions related to the challenges posed by the world- wide financial and economic meltdown but also the opportunities. For example, the conference opened with a European labor perspective on the impact on how the financial and economic meltdown has played out in European financial markets and economies, the diverse responses of European Union countries and perspectives on financial markets regulation.  [More]

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Selected Conference Presentation Materials: 

  • Concerted Action Across Borders by Labor In Face of the Financial Crisis: A View From Europe
  • What Uncovering TARP I, II and Other Efforts to Stem the Financial Meltdown Reveal: Socialism Light, Welfare for Private Financial Institutions, or Something Else?
  • Never Again?: Beyond the Meltdown and Recovery to Regulating Financial Markets
  • The SEC and the Agenda for Corporate Governance Reform”
  • Why Did the Financial Giants Go Bust? Poor Corporate Governance? Inadequate Regulation? Problematic Corporate Culture? Some or None of the Above or Something Else?
  • Lessons Pension Funds Should Learn From How They Performed in the Face of the Financial Meltdown
  • In What Ways Do Mutual Fund Investors Fail to Act as Owners? What Should Be Done About It?
  • In What Ways Do Pension Fund Investors Fail to Act as Owners? What Should Be Done About It?
  • Infrastructure Finance and the Pension Fund Role in It: The United Kingdom Experience
  • Infrastructure Finance and the Pension Fund Role in It: The AmericanExperience
  • The Audacity of Hoping for Retirement Security for All: Does the Obama Administration Proposal Raise False Hopes? If So, What Will Meet Them?
  • Litigation to Remedy Meltdown Damage: What Can Be Gained, What Can Be Learned?

Session #5: Why Did the Financial Giants Go Bust? Poor Corporate Governance? Inadequate Regulation? Problematic Corporate Culture? Some or None of the Above or Something Else? Prof. Gerald Davis, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Univ. of Michigan; [Presentation PDF]

Session #7: In What Ways Do Mutual Fund Investors Fail to Act as Owners? What Should Be Done About It? Presenters: Rasha Ashraf, Visiting Assistant Prof. of Finance, Georgia State University; [Presentation PDF]
Commentator: Prof. Gerald Davis, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan;  [Presentation PDF]

Session #9: Infrastructure Finance and the Pension Fund Role in It: The United Kingdom Experience
Presenter: Colin Meech, National Officer, Capital Stewardship Programme, UNISON, United Kingdom;  [Presentation PDF]

Session #11: The Audacity of Hoping for Retirement Security for All: Does the Obama Administration Proposal Raise False Hopes? If So, What Will Meet Them?
John Turner, Consultant, Pension Rights Center; [Presentation PDF]
Karen Friedman, Policy Director, Pension Rights Center; [Presentation PDF]
Norman Stein, Douglas Arant Professor, University of Alabama - School of Law, [Presentation PDF]

Session #12: Litigation to Remedy Meltdown Damage: What Can Be Gained, What Can Be Learned? 
Jeffrey C. Block, Partner, Berman DeValerio; [Presentation PDF]
Allen Ferrell, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; [Presentation PDF]

 

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