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Dean Baker

Dean Baker is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and author most recently of Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer. His other books include Getting Back to Full Employment, The Conservative Nanny State, and Taking Economics Seriously. Baker’s commentary on economics reporting can be found at Beat the Press.

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Millions of prime age workers did not just suddenly decide to retire. They left the labor force because of weak labor demand.

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The FCIC forgets the housing bubble

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The failings of the Simpson-Bowles report

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There is nothing wrong with economics, Dean Baker contends, but economists routinely ignore their own principles when it comes to economic policy. What would policy look like if we took basic principles of mainstream economics seriously and applied them consistently?

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How government helps financial giants get richer

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When it comes to health care, economists ignore their own rules.

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Blaming deregulation is misleading.

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The loss of jobs that accompanied globalization could have been avoided.

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Progressives undermine their cause.

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Underwater homeowners deserve help, but that won’t reverse the downturn.

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We must keep our eyes on the trade deficit.

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The best place to start is to level the playing field.

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Economic gains go to the wealthiest.

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A wealth tax distracts from the causes of inequality: pre-tax income.

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