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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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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.
Wealth Inequality: Should We Care?
I have been dismissive of many of the folks, mostly progressives, who highlight wealth inequality as a measure of overall inequality. As most of us know, the richest people in the country have gotten a lot richer since the start of the pandemic.
Getting Lazy In Discussing Winning In The Stock Market
Many of the great minds of the economics profession (e.g. Larry Summers and Martin Feldstein) wanted to put Social Security money in the stock market with an expectation of getting 7.0 percent real returns.
The Price Of Wheat Doesn’t Tell Us About The Strength Of The Economy And Neither Does The Stock Market: Why Is This So Hard For Intellectual Types To Understand?
The stock market tells us about the expected value of future after-tax corporate profits. At least, that is when it tells us anything at all.
The Robinhood/GameStop “Scandal”
As I understand it, there are many folks out there who think that we saw some major sleaze by the Wall Street big boys, screwing the little guy, when Robinhood stopped taking buy orders on GameStop, as the stock was soaring to record highs.
Quick Thoughts On The Minimum Wage
President Biden’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 is prompting a backlash from the usual suspects.
End Of The Year Thoughts On Inequality And Its Remedies
Many have made a sport of highlighting the wealth that Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and other super-rich types have accrued from recent stock market gains. However, reducing these fortunes doesn't free up room for more income lower down the ladder.
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