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Dean Baker

1.279 million USD

Dean Baker, Mark Weisbrot



1.934 million USD

Center for Economic and Policy Research httpslh6googleusercontentcomaZf51ixLSVQAAA

1999; 18 years ago (1999)

Economic policy think tank

Dean Baker Mark Weisbrot

Washington, D.C., United States

National Bureau of Economic, Economic Policy Institute, American Israel Public Aff, American Economic Association, Ifo Institute for Economic


Center for economic and policy research overview

The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) is an economic policy think-tank that was founded in 1999 by economists Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot. It has been described as both progressive and left-leaning. CEPR is based in Washington, DC.


The organization states that it aims "to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives."

Dr dean baker center for economic and policy research


CEPR's staff includes Ha-Joon Chang and Eileen Appelbaum. Other staff members include John Schmitt, Deborah James and Alexander Main.

CEPR contributors include Advisory Board Members Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Solow.

As of 2015, CEPR's Board of Directors includes:

Affordable Care Act

CEPR supports the Affordable Care Act stating that it is "a family-friendly policy" and that the policy "has allowed thousands of workers to voluntarily reduce their work hours to care for children or elderly parents, or to explore new opportunities". Despite these noted changes in the percentage of workers employed on a part-time basis, CEPR concluded that such statistics were not sufficient to make any overall judgments on the health of the labor market.


CEPR backs alongside the Economic Policy Institute the Full Employment Caucus, a group on United States House officials that advocate for full employment in the United States.

Minimum wage

A 2014 study by CEPR shows that 13 states that increased their minimum wage had an average payroll of 0.99% compared to 0.68% in other states, though the CEPR stated the analysis was "far from scientific".


In a 2014 report in Fortune, CEPR co-founder Dean Baker suggested that according to poll findings, many citizens of the United States did not notice a 2% increase in their Social Security tax.


The CEPR created a blog called "Haiti: Relief and Reconstruction Watch" on their website to keep watch on what has been taking place in Haiti following the 2010 Haiti earthquake.


CEPR has published at length about Venezuela and has been described as supporting Hugo Chávez and the Venezuelan government with some of the data presented by CEPR along with Weisbrot being accused of using slanted information to support the Venezuelan government. CEPR staff members such as Mark Weisbrot and Deborah James have attended pro-Venezuelan government events alongside other activists such as Daniel Kovalik., a pro-Bolivarian website, has also used CEPR as their only source of economic indicators for their website since 2007.

In a July 2014 article titled "How to fix Venezuela's troubled exchange rate" written for Fortune magazine, Weisbrot attributes many of Venezuela's economic problems to their current monetary policies such as the government's exchange rate system. In a June 2016 article titled "A U.S. Policy of Non-intervention in Venezuela Would Be a Welcome Change" written for the New York Times, Weisbrot blamed the U.S. for many of Venezuela's economic problems: "Washington has caused enormous damage to Venezuela in its relentless pursuit of 'regime change' for the last 15 years."


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