Dean Baker was one of the economists who saw it coming as early as 2005. He warned about the housing bubble, lack of regulation and corruption at the root of the economic meltdown. Baker is the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC and the author of several books, including his latest Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy, which chronicles the growth and collapse of the stock and housing bubbles.
Baker’s other books include 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 (co-authored with Mark Weisbrot), and The Benefits of Full Employment (co-authored with Jared Bernstein). He was the editor of Getting Prices Right: The Debate Over the Consumer Price Index, which was a winner of a Choice Book Award as one of the outstanding academic books of the year.
Baker appears frequently on TV and radio programs, including CNN, CBS News, PBS NewsHour, and National Public Radio. His blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.
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