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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Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 9:00am
U.S. Trade Policy Is Pro-Rich, Not Free Trade
Thomas Edsall had a very good piece on divisions in the Democratic Party over trade policy in the NYT this morning. The piece cites a large body of academic research pointing out that U.S. trade policy has played a large role in destroying manufacturing jobs and redistributing income upwards. It...
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 12:45pm
The TPP Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight
As Congress gets ready to vote on whether to “fast-track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), its proponents are making weaker and more far-fetched arguments for the deal. And they keep getting their facts wrong and their logic twisted. This hit parade of failed arguments should convince any fence...
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 12:45pm
WaPo Takes Another Shot at Senator Warren on Behalf of the TPP
The fast-track authority needed to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through Congress must be in real trouble. Why else would the Washington Post devote so much space to pushing the deal and attacking its critics? The latest was a diatribe by editorial board member Jonathan Capehart which is...
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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 2:15pm
The Trade-Agreements-Are-Good-for-You Ideology
Two years ago, my colleague David Rosnick put out a paper that analyzed the impact of recent patterns in trade, based on research showing that trade both tended to promote growth but also worsen inequality by reducing wages for those at the middle and bottom of the wage distribution. The paper...
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Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 1:45pm
Calling TPP Foes 'Simplistic,' USA Today Simply Gets the Numbers Wrong
USA Today ( 5/3/15 ) got its numbers seriously wrong in pushing the case for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Its editorial, headlined “New Trade Deal Triggers Angry, Fact-Free Uproar,” told readers: Democrats, however, are wedded to unions who blame trade, and trade agreements, for the decline...
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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 3:45pm
Washington Post Tells Readers the Elite Will Lie, Cheat, and Steal to Pass Their Trade Deals
The Washington Post has established itself over many decades as a major mouthpiece of elite opinion. Its editorial pages argue strongly for the interests of the wealthy, with scarcely concealed contempt for people who have to work for a living. (They do support alms for the poor, hence they are...
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Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 1:45pm
The Rationality of Continued Austerity in Greece
The NYT ran an a piece by Hugo Dixon that boldly proclaimed that if Alex Tsipras, the prime minister of Greece is rational, he will get tough with his left-wing supporters and impose more austerity measures. This is an interesting notion of rationality. Greece's economy has shrunk by more than 25...
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Monday, January 12, 2015 - 4:30pm
US Financial Transactions Tax Would Bring Financial Markets into 21st Century
Representative Chris Van Hollen’s proposal for a financial transactions tax, a key part of the new tax plan that he revealed this morning, is a move towards establishing a 21 st century structure for financial markets. In the last four decades there has been an enormous reduction in the cost of...
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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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