Stories by Dean Baker

Dean Baker is the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). His most recent book is Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy. He also has a blog, Beat the Press. subscribe to Dean Baker's feed

Posted on: Dec 3, 2014, Source: Huffington Post

9 million Americans are currently out of work. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Posted on: Nov 25, 2014, Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research

This point has to be repeated as conservatives target Social Security and Medicare.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2014, Source: CEPR

They do not have a program that offers real improvement in the average person's life.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Many of the politicians who are now the biggest promulgators of Ebola hysteria fever were also the ones pushing the budget cuts over the last decade.

Posted on: Oct 8, 2014, Source: CEPR

Some powerful folks want to see interest rates rise to prevent people from getting jobs and demanding higher wages.

Posted on: Oct 5, 2014, Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research

As a result, the Wall Streeters who profited most from illegal acts in the bubble years got to keep their haul.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2014, Source: Huffington Post

That's not what his book intended to say, but it's the unmistakable conclusion.

Posted on: Apr 22, 2014, Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research

Finance is under-taxed, making a global wealth tax more timely than ever.

Posted on: Mar 14, 2014, Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research

A stunning error-riddled tirade from presidential candidate Jon Huntsman's daughter.

Posted on: Mar 4, 2014, Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research

More right-wing bias from the supposedly balanced public airwaves.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2014, Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research

The Capital's paper of record despises progressive populism.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2014, Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research

We don't have to structure the economy to feed the rich and starve the rest.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2014, Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research

Reporters confuse people voluntarily leaving work verses being fired.

Posted on: Feb 4, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Google, Apple and other tech firms likely colluded to keep their workers' wages down. So much for that libertarian worldview.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2013, Source: The Guardian

No one has accused city workers in Chicago or Detroit of bringing down the economy, but they could face pension cuts

Posted on: Apr 29, 2013, Source: Al Jazeera English

The US-EU free trade pact and the Trans-Pacific Partnership are about securing regulatory gains for major corporate interests.

Posted on: Apr 26, 2013, Source: Beat the Press

They're having a bad week. But not as bad as those who lost everything to misguided austerity.

Posted on: Apr 24, 2013, Source: Beat the Press

Overwhelming evidence shows that there is little obvious reason to fear higher debt levels.

Posted on: Mar 25, 2013, Source: Beat the Press

Most of the elite media have made it clear in both their opinion and news pages that they want to see benefits cut.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2013, Source: Beat the Press

There is no economic reason why those at the bottom should not share in the gains from economic growth.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Funny how they don't seem to want a financial transaction tax.

Posted on: Dec 24, 2012, Source: Beat the Press

Mr. Incompetent rears his ugly head in corporate deficit hawk coalition.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2012, Source: Truthout

They say we have to cut Social Security and Medicare because they say so.

Posted on: Oct 25, 2012, Source: Comment Is Free

After stock market shocks and the housing bubble, social security more vital than ever before. But the money men hate it.

Posted on: Oct 17, 2012, Source: CEPR

It's like a drinking game, without booze.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2012, Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research

It's that time of year when columnists try out as speechwriters for the candidates.

Posted on: Aug 29, 2012, Source: Op-Ed News

Recent trends in poverty rates should have the country furious at its leaders.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2012, Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research

Some economists are arguing that high tech inevitably doomed the middle class -- but they're not telling the whole story.

Posted on: May 3, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Mitt Romney's former partner at Bain Capital has written a book that reveals much about how the super-rich think -- and it's not pretty.

Posted on: May 1, 2012, Source: Nation of Change

China is rapidly passing us by. But Americans - and their leaders - refuse to come to terms with what this means for our future.

Posted on: Mar 4, 2012, Source: Comment Is Free

Tucked in the small print of the payroll tax bill is a work-sharing plan that could save more than a million jobs this year.

Posted on: Feb 27, 2012, Source: TruthOut.org

The Republicans are hoping to blame this rise in the price of gas on Obama's environmentally friendly policies. But here are two major problems with their story.

Posted on: Feb 21, 2012, Source: The Guardian

The Obama Administration, working with Ben Bernanke at the Fed, deserves credit for preventing a financial meltdown. But a second Great Depression was never in the cards.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2011, Source: TruthOut.org

SOPA would require every web site in the country to become unpaid copyright enforcement officers for Time Warner, Disney and The Washington Post, among others.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Right-wingers somehow think that seniors with incomes under $30,000 a year must sacrifice to balance the budget.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2011, Source: The Guardian

Pursuing a plan to kill social security, politicians are relying on a credulous public and compliant media to ramp up debt panic.

Posted on: Jun 2, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill to create a prize fund that would buy up drug patents, so that drugs could be sold at their free market price.

Posted on: Apr 12, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Paul Ryan's attack against the middle class might have been expected to draw an outraged response. Instead, the punditry rallied around the GOP Rep.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2011, Source: TruthOut.org

The wealth redistributed to the top 1 percent over the last 30 years is roughly enough to double the income of all those in the bottom half of the distribution.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Bankrupt states could tell teachers, highway patrol officers, and other public employees that they're not getting the pensions they were expecting, even if already retired.

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