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Dean Baker

  • August 21, 2020

    Covid-19 and the lost GDP

    Some folks have complained about the loss of GDP over the last five months and questioned whether the shutdowns have been worth the price. While...

  • September 07, 2019

    No recession for 2020

    These days the business press is full of predictions of recessions. This could get people worried, except that the track record of economists in...

  • June 25, 2019

    The population story

    A theme often repeated in the media is that Japan is suffering terribly because of its low birth rates and shrinking population. This has meant slow...

  • January 22, 2019

    The next recession

    With the New Year and the US recovery soon to be record-breaking in duration, many are asking when the next recession is likely to come and what...

  • September 18, 2018

    The bank bailout

    This week marked 10 years since the harrowing descent into the financial crisis – when the huge investment bank Lehman Bros went into bankruptcy,...

  • July 31, 2018

    Trump’s tariffs

    Donald Trump made his opposition to much of America’s international trade policy a central theme in his presidential campaign, and his position...

  • May 31, 2018

    Trade deficit

    A trade deficit reduces demand in the economy. It means that some of our spending is creating demand in Europe or Mexico, rather than in the United...