Dean Baker

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Why Would Anyone Think Republican Opposition to Obamacare Is Based on Ideology as Opposed to Just Money
It's understandable that conservatives would like to say that their arguments are based on deeply held convictions, as opposed to crass self interest, but it's difficult to understand why liberals feel the need to help them make this argument. Jonathan Cohn is the guilty party today. In his Q.E.D...
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Bankers Could Go To Jail
Morning Edition had a strange piece discussing how regulators can punish banks for breaking the law. The piece focused on the various fines and regulatory measures that can be imposed as penalties when banks are found to have broken the law. Remarkably it never considered the underlying logic of...
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Hundreds of people who lost jobs when the freeze hit California Jan. 12-14, 2007, lined up at state Unemployment Development Department offices, including the office in the border city of Calexico, to register for the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program funded by FEMA. (Photo: Michael Raphael / Wikimedia Creative Commons) Views
Friday, June 13, 2014
The Full Employment Route to Poverty Reduction
Efforts to alleviate poverty are often seen as being separate from the debate on overall economic policy, with the former involving a distinct set of issues that only marginally overlap with the latter. This is unfortunate, since the health of the economy, and specifically the level of unemployment...
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This TTIP trade deal is primarily about imposing a set of regulations on both continents, some of which may be improvements, but many of which will be designed to serve the business interests who are in on the negotiations. Views
Friday, May 30, 2014
Why Is It So Acceptable to Lie to Promote Trade Deals?
It's not polite to use the "L" word here in Washington, but it's hard not to be more than a bit disgusted with the frequency with which trade pacts are sold as great engines of job creation and economic growth, when they clearly are not. The latest offender in this area is Bruce Ackerman, a Yale...
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Paul Ryan Isn't the Wonk of Washington – It's Time to Listen to More Good Ideas
The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) released its budget last week . As usual, it was almost completely ignored by the major media outlets.
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Monday, March 10, 2014
Would You Delay Buying a $30 Shirt for Months to Save 8 Cents? Me Neither
The collapse of the housing bubble and the subsequent devastation to the economy caught almost the entire economics profession by surprise. Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan, along with other people in top policy positions, were left dumbfounded. They didn’t think a prolonged downturn was possible. They were wrong in a really big way.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Washington Post Complains That Bill Gates' Riches Come at the Expense of Everyone Else
The Washington Post complained that the people of San Jose California are suffering because the city has to pay higher prices for computers and software because of the patent and copyright monopolies the government has given to Microsoft and other tech companies.
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Saturday, February 22, 2014
Release of Fed Transcripts Show Fed Scary Ignorant in 2008, WaPo Scary Ignorant in 2014
It's great to be an economist in a top policymaking position in the United States. Unlike dishwashers, cab drivers, and most other workers, you are not held accountable for the quality of your work. We already knew that, since almost none of the people responsible for allowing the housing bubble to grow large enough to collapse the economy have paid any career price. (Ben Bernanke is praised for avoiding a second Great Depression. Talk about setting the bar low.)
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
True Free Market Proponents Should Support Private-Public Competition
One of the initiatives President Obama announced in his State of the Union Address was the "MyRA," an IRA that workers could sign up for at their workplace.
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Wednesday, February 05, 2014
CBO Findings on Obamacare (Minus the GOP Talking Points)
Apparently a lot of media folks have made such a habit of repeating Republican talking points that they can't see what is right in front of their eyes. The Republicans are touting the fact that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) expects the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to reduce the number of people working.
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