Stories by Dean Baker

Dean Baker is the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). His most recent book is Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy. He also has a blog, Beat the Press. subscribe to Dean Baker's feed

Posted on: Feb 6, 2009, Source: PoliPoint Press

Anyone with common sense, a grasp of simple arithmetic and a desire to go against the consensus should have seen the financial crisis coming.

Posted on: Jan 26, 2009, Source: AlterNet

If the economy begins to turn around on Obama's watch, the GOP can look forward to decades in the political wilderness.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2009, Source: AlterNet

For Republicans, one lesson of the New Deal is that it left the Democrats firmly in power for more than 20 years.

Posted on: Dec 26, 2008, Source:

It is hard not to notice that two of the regulators who stand out for doing the right thing in this incredible financial mess are women.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2008, Source:

Millions of people may lose their homes and life's savings, all because the economists who are supposed to know better didn't.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2008, Source:

There are a lot of complicated plans being discussed, but sometimes the simplest solution to a problem is best.

Posted on: Nov 5, 2008, Source: Huffington Post

Extending health care insurance can be an effective stimulus that will provide an immediate boost to the economy.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2008, Source:

Greenspan thinks that if the geniuses running the Fed couldn't predict the meltdown, nobody could.

Posted on: Oct 14, 2008, Source:

In the Flat Earth version, the real villains in the story were the public/private mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Posted on: Oct 12, 2008, Source: Campaign for America's Future

A broader stimulus package is desperately needed to right a listing economic ship.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2008, Source:

Most workers in the country have just seen the equivalent of a 2 percentage point increase in their tax rate, and it has gotten almost no attention.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2008, Source:

The housing crisis is a result of reckless deregulation by specific individuals.

Posted on: Jul 29, 2008, Source:

The housing bill will likely help less than five percent of the families facing foreclosure over the next two years.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2008, Source:

The two candidates are worlds apart on the most pressing domestic issue of our time.

Posted on: Jul 5, 2008, Source:

Private sector job gains in the Bush years may fall below 3 million by November.

Posted on: May 20, 2008, Source:

That's right; Congress wants to take away money from low-income renters to help bankers who made bad loans.

Posted on: May 15, 2008, Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research

Falling home prices, rising foreclosures rates, and a slowing economy have created a perfect storm for U.S. homeowners.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2008, Source:

The centerpiece of the "Foreclosure Prevention Act" approved by the Senate is a tax break for the homebuilders and the mortgage bankers.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2008, Source:

Rather than taking this opportunity to tighten the screws, many progressives are actually cheering on plans to bail out the ridiculously rich.

Posted on: Mar 3, 2008, Source: The American Prospect

Presidents don't deserve all the blame (or credit) for the economy's performance, but Bush turned a blind eye to the mounting economic crisis.

Posted on: Feb 26, 2008, Source:

The government wants to hand banks tens of billions of dollars by buying up their bad mortgage debt.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2008, Source:

The debt crisis is moving into high-end loans.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2008, Source:

If a government that protects ordinary people is a "nanny state," then one protecting the super-rich deserves the title of "super nanny state."

Posted on: Jan 17, 2008, Source: Comment Is Free

If policy-makers would think outside the box, a stimulus package to mitigate the recession might have a real impact.

Posted on: Dec 26, 2007, Source: Comment Is Free

When it comes to economic policy, only one of the Democratic frontrunners seems set to challenge corporate power.

Posted on: Dec 24, 2007, Source:

All of us, as taxpayers, have done our part to ensure that Wall Street's fat cats have a happy holiday season.

Posted on: Dec 20, 2007, Source:

Even long-time Greenspan watchers had to be impressed by his latest effort at self-vindication.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2007, Source: Comment Is Free

The cost of medical care in the US is becoming so ridiculous it invites an absurd solution: fly Americans to hospitals overseas.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2007, Source:

Housing policy at all levels of government pushed people into homeownership even as it should have been evident that people were buying homes at bubble-inflated prices.

Posted on: Oct 30, 2007, Source:

Tax avoidance, rather than savvy entrepreneurial spirit, is the key to the retailer's achievement.

Posted on: Oct 16, 2007, Source:

The granny bashers, intent on privatizing Social Security, routinely play fast and loose with the facts.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2007, Source:

Last week, a jury determined that Jammie Thomas, a single mother living in Minnesota, should pay $222,000 to the recording industry for allowing other people to download 24 songs off her computer. Are you next?

Posted on: Sep 25, 2007, Source:

Perhaps there is nothing that can be done to change the balance of forces within Congress at the moment and, as a result, millions of kids will go without health insurance.

Posted on: Sep 20, 2007, Source: Common Sense

Skyrocketing health costs, not the Baby Boomers, are the real problem.

Posted on: Sep 12, 2007, Source:

The growth of the housing bubble made this sort of collapse inevitable, just as the crash of the stock bubble was inevitable.

Posted on: Aug 27, 2007, Source: AlterNet

For decades, the U.S. government has been at war with organized labor. It's time to level the playing field.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2007, Source: The American Prospect

A weekly roundup of Dean Baker's commentary on economic reporting.

Posted on: Aug 9, 2007, Source:

And Working Americans go from the pan to the fire.

Posted on: Jun 29, 2007, Source:

A somber tour of the housing market.

Posted on: Apr 26, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Economist Dean Baker's new book lays waste to the Reagan Revolution's unprecedented assault on working Americans' economic security.