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Blogger Profile: Dean Baker

Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian Unlimited (UK), and his blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting. His analyses have appeared in many major publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, the London Financial Times, and the New York Daily News. He received his Ph.D in economics from the University of Michigan.

Baker is author of many books, including Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy (Polipoint Press, 2009); The United States Since 1980 (Cambridge University Press, 2007); and The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer (Center for Economic and Policy Research, 2006).

Dean Baker's Blogs

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Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

April 29th, 2010

Being Rude To The Deficit Hawks

I worked at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) for 6 ½ years. During this time, the credibility of my work and that of my colleagues was often impugned by describing EPI as "labor backed." This was partially true, we got 20-25 percent of our funding from unions. However, the clear ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

April 13th, 2010

Attack Wall Street, Not Social Security

Suppose our top generals described the growing threat from a hostile Middle East power. The country has tens of billions of oil dollars, a growing army, chemical and biological weapons, and is in the process of developing nuclear weapons. After carefully describing the risks posed by this country, our generals ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

April 8th, 2010

Why We Must Break Up the Big Banks

It's not often that I disagree with Paul Krugman, but there are occasions where at least one of us is wrong. And the treatment of too big to fail (TBTF) banks is one of them.Krugman argued in a column last week that breaking up the TBTF banks is not a ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

April 2nd, 2010

Did We Make a Profit on Citigroup?

The Washington Post (aka Fox on 15th Street) once again proclaimed TARP a success. The cause for the latest revelry is the fact that the government appears to be in a position to make an $8 billion gain on the stock it holds in Citigroup. Before we join the Post ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

March 5th, 2010

Financial Innovation: What Is It Good For (I)?

Brookings economist Robert Litan picked up the gauntlet thrown down by Paul Volcker and others, and put out a lengthy paper defending the major financial innovations of the last four decades. Litan surveys the field and pronounces most of what he sees to be good. While there is certainly some ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

February 24th, 2010

Pushing the Foreign Menace Line to Cut Social Security

The Wall Street-financed crew that is pushing to gut Social Security and Medicare is used to playing fast and loose with facts and logic to advance their agenda. Unfortunately, many of the reporters who cover these issues have little knowledge of economics, so they are often suckered.One of the favorite ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

February 18th, 2010

Alan Simpson: A Man Who Intensely Wants to Cut Social Security

It is not good news that President Obama picked former Senator Alan Simpson as one of the co-chairs of his deficit commission. Simpson is not just your run of the mill Republican. He is an extreme foe of Social Security. One anecdote from his days as a senator should give ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

February 15th, 2010

Obama and the 'savvy' bankers

In an interview, the US president described the Goldman Sachs CEO as 'savvy'. So how did he and his crew use their wisdom? Last week, when President Obama was asked about the $9m dollar bonus for Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, he described Blankfein as a savvy businessman, adding that ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

January 26th, 2010

Leveling the Political and Economic Playing Field

The Supreme Court ruled last week that corporations could spend as much money as they want in elections, thereby making most existing restrictions on corporate election spending unconstitutional. This raises the prospect of US politics becoming even more corrupt than it already is. It will now be totally legal for ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

January 23rd, 2010

Say Goodbye to Ben

Bernanke's approval is clearly on the ropes. This has prompted the Wall Street and elite media crew to rustle up all the tricks they used to push TARP through back in October of 2008. First and foremost, they are pointing to the decline in the stock market as evidence that ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

December 11th, 2009

The Return of the TARP Hostage Takers

When Congress debated the TARP last fall, the political elites insisted that the bill must be passed immediately or the economy would collapse. For example, Federal Reserve Board President Ben Bernanke told Congress that the commercial paper market was shutting down, which meant that the country's largest companies would soon ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

December 1st, 2009

Mortgage Modification: Bank Bailouts By Another Name?

The big talk in Washington these days is "helping homeowners." Unfortunately, what passes for help to homeowners in the capitol might look more like handing out money to banks anywhere else.The basic story is fairly simple. Tens of millions of US homeowners are now underwater: they owe more on their ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

November 29th, 2009

Bernanke Forgot About His Role In Causing the Great Recession

Ben Bernanke's column in the Washington Post has to be absolutely infuriating to anyone old enough to remember the events of 2008. In this column, Bernanke lectures the public about the need for the Federal Reserve Board to preserve its independence from Congress, explaining that:"The government's actions to avoid financial ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

November 23rd, 2009

The Budget Deficit Crisis: The Blame Is Bipartisan

The country is being bombarded with stories claiming that record budget deficits threaten our children's future and jeopardize the credibility of the dollar. These stories are a serious problem - they have hugely confused the public about the nature of the country's economic crisis. And both parties share the blame. ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

November 18th, 2009

The Independence of the Fed at Risk: Watt versus Paul-Grayson

Representative Mel Watt (D-NC) is out to protect the independence of the Fed from the risk of an intrusive audit from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The risk comes in the form of a bill initiated by Ron Paul and Alan Grayson that calls for an audit of the Fed. ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

November 16th, 2009

Hostage-Takers in the Senate

As most of us are preparing for the holidays a small clique in the Senate, with their collaborators in the Washington punditry, are planning for a dramatic hostage-taking event. Their target of opportunity is a bill to increase the nation's debt limit. The hostage-takers propose to obstruct the bill's passage ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

October 26th, 2009

The American Bankers Association's 15 Minutes of Fame in Chicago

Like termites, the American Bankers Association (ABA) does most of its damage in the dark. But, the ABA is getting a brief period in the limelight this week as a result of the Showdown in Chicago. The Showdown is a series of protests organized by a number of community groups ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

October 22nd, 2009

The $200,000 Insult: Come to Chicago

Kenneth Feinberg, President Obama's compensation czar for bailed out banks, appears to have taken some genuine steps to rein in excessive executive compensation at the basket case banks that received the most TARP money. He cut cash salaries by 90 percent in some cases and reduced overall compensation for the ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

October 19th, 2009

Take America Back from the Banks

The elites hate to acknowledge it, but when large numbers of ordinary people are moved to action, it changes the narrow political world where the elites call the shots. Inside accounts reveal the extent to which Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon's conduct of the Vietnam war was constrained by the ... continue reading

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