Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. In order for citizens to effectively exercise their voices in a democracy, they should be informed about the problems and choices that they face. CEPR is committed to presenting issues in an accurate and understandable manner, so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options.

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Thursday, February 06, 2020
Trump’s War on Economic Security: Regulatory and Other Policy Changes That Cut Health and Economic Security Programs
During the State of the Union address, Trump claimed that, “poverty was plummeting.” Shawn Fremstad, Senior Policy Fellow at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) counters, “Since Trump took office, the poverty rate has barely budged and may get worse.” In The Trump Administration’s...
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
More Ways US Minimum Wage Fails to Keep Up
There is more to the dwindling purchasing power of today's federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour* than simply not keeping up with inflation. It is also not keeping up with productivity growth. Until 1968, the minimum wage rose in step with productivity growth (and inflation too), then stalled...
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Tuesday, January 07, 2020
Ecuador Ends 2019 with Billions of Dollars Less in International Reserves than IMF Had Predicted, Due to IMF-Endorsed Austerity Measures
Ecuador ended 2019 with just $3.4 billion in international reserves, compared to the over $5 billion that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had been predicting during most of 2019 that Ecuador would have, and which was the target level of reserves under Ecuador’s IMF program. By contrast, a...
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Friday, December 13, 2019
OAS Final Audit Report on Bolivia Elections Raises More Questions About Its Own Work Than It Answers, CEPR Analysis Concludes
The Organization of American States’ final audit report on Bolivia’s October 20 elections appears intended to “justify the organization’s … unsubstantiated claims of fraud,” a preliminary analysis from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) finds. The CEPR analysis, by Senior Research...
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Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Add Inflation Inequality to Why the US Needs to Update the Poverty Measure
Is your family food budget based on meals prepared at home by a “frugal housewife?” That’s just one example of the out-of-date poverty measure currently used in the United States. In today’s CEPR Blog , Senior Policy Fellow Shawn Fremstad writes that the US “is the only country in the world that...
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Friday, October 18, 2019
New Report Reviews Changes in Bolivia’s Economy under Evo Morales’s Presidency
A new research report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) analyzes Bolivia’s economic changes since 2006 in the context of the Bolivian government’s main policy decisions. It finds that it has been policy choices, not merely a “commodities boom,” that have been the driving force...
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Social Security Does Much More for Disadvantaged Children than Temporary Assistance
Tomorrow is the 84th anniversary of Social Security. In today’s CEPR Blog , Senior Policy Fellow Shawn Fremstad looks at the efficiency and effectiveness of a sometimes overlooked aspect of the program. Social Security currently benefits nearly 3 million children under age 18 because one of their...
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Thursday, July 18, 2019
“Stop Wall Street Looting Act” Will Create Sensible Rules for Private Equity Industry and Stop Abusive Practices, CEPR Co-Director Says
New legislation introduced today by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) “would address the worst abuses” of private equity (PE) by ensuring accountability; limiting PE firms’ ability “to loot the companies they take over”; helping investors fully understand PE and other private funds; and protecting...
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Monday, July 15, 2019
New Report Finds Ecuador’s IMF Austerity Program Likely to Result in Economic Recession, Higher Unemployment
A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) examines Ecuador’s March 2019 agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and finds that Ecuador is likely to have lower GDP per capita, higher unemployment, and increased macroeconomic instability under the program. Even...
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Climate Change at the Intersection of Economic Development and Labor
The decline in work hours in the United States has stalled. As economist David Rosnick explains in today’s CEPR Blog , that’s bad for climate change and for the nation’s workforce. Other high productivity countries have continued to reduce hours as productivity increased. “America is an outlier,”...
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