Stories by Dean Baker

Dean Baker is a macroeconomist and co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He previously worked as a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute and an assistant professor at Bucknell University. subscribe to Dean Baker's feed

Posted on: Oct 8, 2015, Source: Beat the Press

The Federal Reserve could have saved Lehman Brothers.

Posted on: Sep 24, 2015, Source: CEPR

We pay roughly twice as much for our drugs as the average for other wealthy countries.

Posted on: Jul 29, 2015, Source: Beat the Press

The good times rolled until they crashed and burned.

Posted on: May 28, 2015, Source: Beat the Press

There's no crisis. A progressive economist explains.

Posted on: May 26, 2015, Source: The Huffington Post

Why a financial transactions tax is good policy.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2015, Source: AlterNet

With unemployment still holding back the economy, reducing the average hours of those with jobs can increase employment.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Can we please stop repeating these myths?

Posted on: Jul 29, 2014, Source: Beat the Press

Finance in America promotes little more than inequality and waste.

Posted on: May 27, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Dodging taxes and regulation isn't just disruptive, it's bad for the economy.

Posted on: May 6, 2014, Source: Beat the Press

On May 7 and 8, the world financial markets -- and Congress -- will be hanging on the Fed Chief's every word.

Posted on: Mar 25, 2014, Source: Beat the Press

Let's cut through conservative baloney about Texas and California.

Posted on: Mar 17, 2014, Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research

A bottom-up strategy could use little fish to go after big sharks.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2014, Source: Beat the Press

There is no excuse for budget reporting that flunks the basic task of informing readers.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2014, Source: Beat the Press

It's so hard to find dirt-cheap help these days!

Posted on: Feb 5, 2014, Source: Beat the Press

The rich are your problem, not the robots.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2014, Source: Beat the Press

Just like NAFTA, the TPP is bolstered by lies and forced on the people by corporate greed.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2014, Source: The Guardian

There are limits to what a big city mayor can do, but Mayor de Blasio can make a difference for both the people of New York and the country.

Posted on: Dec 24, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Inequality in America is the result of a whole range of policies intended to redistribute income upward.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Warren's support for raising Social Security benefits could be exactly what we need to move the discussion of retirement income in a positive direction.

Posted on: Dec 3, 2013, Source: Beat the Press

Bad policy has redistributed income away from working people to the rich.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Paul Krugman gets it really wrong on the dangers of asset bubbles.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The claim that President Obama lied in saying that people could keep their insurance looks like another Fox News special.

Posted on: Oct 31, 2013, Source: The Guardian

There must be accountability for the man who blew the bubble until it burst--then said it wasn't his fault

Posted on: Oct 28, 2013, Source: The Guardian

The former Fed chair is promoting his new book. He should admit his role in the housing crisis, not insult our intelligence.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2013, Source: Beat the Press

If the dollar actually lost its value, that would be good news for workers.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2013, Source: Huffington Post

With so much misinformation floating around, here's the straight dope.

Posted on: Aug 14, 2013, Source: CEPR

It will be a big step forward when reporters and columnists are able to look at the people they consider brilliant with open eyes and talk about their accomplishments and failures in a serious way.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2013, Source: Beat the Press

The Peter Peterson-inspired Campaign to Fix the Debt could not convince Americans to hurt seniors.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2013, Source: Beat the Press

Hidden subsidies sometimes have unintended consequences.

Posted on: May 9, 2013, Source: Beat the Press

Apparently the Post didn't get the memo that deficit reduction is completely discredited.

Posted on: Apr 18, 2013, Source: Smirking Chimp

How have we allowed CEOs to make 30 or 40 times the pay of typical workers, and how to make it better.

Posted on: Mar 3, 2013, Source: Beat the Press

A new Pew report on wealth by age group is being used to obscure reality.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2013, Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research

A sharp drop in government spending, heavily concentrated in defense, coupled with a decline in inventories caused GDP to shrink at a 0.1 percent rate.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2013, Source: AlterNet

So long, Timmy. It's been pretty awful knowing ya.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The bottom line is that President Obama and many leading Democrats are prepared to give seniors a larger hit to their income than they gave to the over $250,000 crowd.

Posted on: Nov 23, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Underwater homeowners can't explain the weak recovery. It's reduced demand and wiped out housing wealth.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2012, Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research