Dean Baker

Dean Baker is the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). He is the author of The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer and the more recently published Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of The Bubble Economy. He also has a blog, "Beat the Press," where he discusses the media's coverage of economic issues.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 7:00am
Bankers Who Commit Fraud, Like Murderers, Are Supposed to Go to Jail
Wow, some things are really hard for elite media types to understand. In his column in the Washington Post, Richard Cohen struggles with how we should punish bankers who commit crimes like manipulating foreign exchange rates (or Libor rates, or pass on fraudulent mortgages in mortgage backed...
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Monday, November 3, 2014 - 2:15pm
Full Employment: The Recovery’s Missing Ingredient
Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen gave a speech a few weeks ago that was doubly unusual. First, she provided a welcome and trenchant analysis of inequality, focusing on the stagnant income and wealth of middle- and low-income families relative to the top few percent. For the nation’s chief...
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:15pm
The Blame Teachers Game: Has Anyone Heard of the South?
Frank Bruni's column complaining about teachers and teachers unions undoubtedly has millions asking, "is our pundits learning?" The proximate cause is a soon to be published book by Joel Klein, the former New York City school chancellor. It seems that the book repeats most of the old complaints of...
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 6:45am
Ebola Hysteria Fever: A Real Epidemic
Thus far, the Ebola virus has infected three people in the United States that we know of, however Ebola hysteria seems to have infected somewhere close to 300 million. There are reports of kids being pulled out of schools and even some school closings. People in many areas are not going to work and...
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 8:45am
If Children Are Being Crowded Out, It is Being Done by Rich People
There is a well-funded effort (think Fix the Debt and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation ) to distract people from the upward redistribution to the rich through claims that the problem is really the elderly living high on Social Security and Medicare. Catherine Rampell contributed to this effort with...
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 3:00pm
How Should Social Security Benefits Respond to an Economic Collapse?
This is the issue that Andrew Biggs implicitly raises in his Wall Street Journal column highlighting the jump in the size of the projections of the Social Security shortfall since 2008. Biggs complains that progressives have responded to the economic collapse by proposing an increase in benefits...
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:30am
Why Would Anyone Think Republican Opposition to Obamacare Is Based on Ideology as Opposed to Just Money
It's understandable that conservatives would like to say that their arguments are based on deeply held convictions, as opposed to crass self interest, but it's difficult to understand why liberals feel the need to help them make this argument. Jonathan Cohn is the guilty party today. In his Q.E.D...
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 8:15am
Bankers Could Go To Jail
Morning Edition had a strange piece discussing how regulators can punish banks for breaking the law. The piece focused on the various fines and regulatory measures that can be imposed as penalties when banks are found to have broken the law. Remarkably it never considered the underlying logic of...
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Hundreds of people who lost jobs when the freeze hit California Jan. 12-14, 2007, lined up at state Unemployment Development Department offices, including the office in the border city of Calexico, to register for the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program funded by FEMA. (Photo: Michael Raphael / Wikimedia Creative Commons) Views
Friday, June 13, 2014 - 9:30am
The Full Employment Route to Poverty Reduction
Efforts to alleviate poverty are often seen as being separate from the debate on overall economic policy, with the former involving a distinct set of issues that only marginally overlap with the latter. This is unfortunate, since the health of the economy, and specifically the level of unemployment...
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This TTIP trade deal is primarily about imposing a set of regulations on both continents, some of which may be improvements, but many of which will be designed to serve the business interests who are in on the negotiations. Views
Friday, May 30, 2014 - 9:00am
Why Is It So Acceptable to Lie to Promote Trade Deals?
It's not polite to use the "L" word here in Washington, but it's hard not to be more than a bit disgusted with the frequency with which trade pacts are sold as great engines of job creation and economic growth, when they clearly are not. The latest offender in this area is Bruce Ackerman, a Yale...
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