Dean Baker

Co-Director
Center for Economic and Policy Research

Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He received his Ph.D in economics from the University of Michigan. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian Unlimited (UK), the Huffington Post, TruthOut, and his blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting. He previously worked as a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute and an assistant professor at Bucknell University. He has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, and the OECD’s Trade Union Advisory Council. He was the author of the weekly online commentary on economic reporting, the Economic Reporting Review (ERR), from 1996 - 2006. Dr. Baker has written several books, including The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive, Taking Economics Seriously, False Profits: Recovering from the Bubble Economy, Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy, The United States Since 1980, The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer*, Social Security: The Phony Crisis and Getting Prices Right: The Debate Over the Consumer Price Index, which was a winner of the 1997 Choice Book Award as one of the outstanding academic books of the year.