Stories by 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. subscribe to Dean Baker's feed

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:

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:

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:

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.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2011, Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research

Th folks trying to slash Social Security face enormous political opposition and have no good argument for their case. They're going to have to lie, cheat, steal to do it.