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Co-Director at Center for Economic and Policy Research

Dean Baker co-founded CEPR in 1999. His areas of research include housing and macroeconomics, intellectual property, Social Security, Medicare and European labor markets. He is the author of several books, including "Getting Back to Full Employment: A ... more

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Inflation As People Experience It And As Economists Measure It
Inflation, as economists measure it, often differs a great deal from what most people would perceive as their cost of living.
New York Times Goes To Looney Tunes Land On The Fed
The pandemic payments have allowed many families to pay down debt, leaving their finances in much better shape than before the recession.
Coming To Grips With Inflation Fears
There have been many warnings that President Biden’s robust recovery package would lead to spiraling inflation. The most recent evidence supports the view that, for the moment, we can put aside our inflation fears.
The June Jobs Report: More Good News On The Economy
The strong job growth was associated with strong wage growth, especially for workers in lower-paying sectors.
When We Keep Giving Money To Rich People, Why Are We Surprised By Inequality?
We have structured the market to redistribute an enormous amount of income upward.
Job Growth And Temporary Layoffs
When hiring just means calling back a worker on layoff, we can expect companies to do much more of it than when it means seeking out new workers.That's why job growth numbers will start to slow.
Can We Bemoan Inequality As We Push Policies To Increase It?
Now, when the jobs being subjected to competition are those of are most highly educated workers, software designers, biotech engineers and others with advanced degrees, free trade is no longer good.
The Booming Economy And Debt And Deficit Fears
Most of the data on the economy is looking very good these days. The number of weekly unemployment claims has fallen sharply.
Debts, Deficits, And Patent Monopolies
Yes, it is spring. The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and the deficit hawks are whining. The proximate cause is President Biden’s new budget, which will push the ratio of government debt to GDP to its highest level ever.
Hey Kids, Tax Increases Are Supposed To Slow Growth
There is zero evidence that Trump’s tax cut led to any noticeable uptick in investment, and therefore no reason to believe that reversing the tax cut would slow investment.
The March Jobs Report And The State Of The Recovery
The economy created 914,000 jobs in March. In addition, the January and February numbers were revised up by a total of 156,000.
More Cheap Fun: Comparing Job Growth Under Trump And Biden After Two Months
This is stupid since there are so many things for which the president is not responsible. But, as we all know, the Trump crew would be pushing this graph everywhere if the situation was reversed, so here it is.
Quick, How Much Is $2 Trillion?
It is more money than even Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos have, put together.
The Debt Whiners: Fools Or Liars?
While deficits are potentially a problem, the debt is not, first and foremost because it doesn’t really measure anything.
Profit Shares Fall To The Lowest Level Since 2009
The Federal Reserve Board released an item of good news that might be missed.
Bitcoin And Baseball Cards
Bitcoin proponents see this soaring price as vindication. After all, if the price of a Bitcoin has risen more than a hundred times in just five years, then this digital currency must be extremely valuable.
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