Dean Baker

Understanding the Causes for the Current Economic Slump

Understanding the Causes for the Current Economic Slump

In a recent column in the Guardian in which he rails about the poor quality of most economic journalism, economist Dean Baker argues that those factors usually given as the cause for the continued economic problems–low savings, poor business confidence and the continued housing slump–are really not to blame: There are many accounts in the […]

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Public Pensions:  Did the NYT Drop the Ball?

Public Pensions: Did the NYT Drop the Ball?

According to the Columbia Journalism Review, the recent New York Times piece on the public pensions “crisis” was a real mess.  Steven Greenhouse, the author couldn’t explain the problems in places like Utah: So, the state of Utah has been putting insufficient money into its pension plan, and now there isn’t enough money there to […]

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