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Dean Baker

Dean Baker

Dean Baker is the co-founder and the senior economist of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). He is the author of several books, including "Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better bargain for Working People,"  "The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive,"  "The United States Since 1980," "Social Security: The Phony Crisis" (with Mark Weisbrot), and "The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer." He also has a blog, "Beat the Press," where he discusses the media's coverage of economic issues.

Articles by this author

 

Corruption in Drug Patents: Take Away the Money

When patents can be worth enormous sums of money, companies will find ways to abuse the system.

Dean Baker ·


Successfully Fighting Inflation Starts at the Top

The Fed's high interest rate approach to stemming inflation is about reducing the bargaining power of workers, and especially workers at the lower end of the wage ladder.

Dean Baker ·


To Curb Facebook's Political Power, Take Away Its Section 230 Protection

The best way to limit the power of a Mark Zuckerberg to shape our political debates and influence elections is to downsize Facebook. Restructuring the protection provided by Section 230 can be a way to accomplish this goal.

Dean Baker ·


Putting Current Inflation in the Proper Perspective

In many of the areas seeing the sharpest price increases, the inflation is clearly due to factors associated with the pandemic and the reopening of the economy which are not likely to persist long into the future.

Dean Baker ·


Rich Jerks in Space

The frivolous use of large amounts of resources by the very rich is a problem for the economy and society.

Dean Baker ·


The High-Paid Media Types Are Unhappy Workers Are Demanding Fair Wages

For those of us who think that all workers should be able to get decent pay, have decent working conditions, and be treated with respect on the job, the idea that large numbers of workers now feel they can quit jobs they don’t like is really great news.

Dean Baker ·


The Preventable Horrors of the Pandemic and the Short Case for Open Research

We should be looking to share technology as widely as possible, not locking it up behind patent monopolies and other protections.

Dean Baker ·


The Hourly Minimum Wage Should Be $26

Not only did the federal minimum wage not keep pace with productivity growth, it did not even keep pace with inflation.

Dean Baker ·

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