Center for Economic and Policy Research

Not to be confused with Centre for Economic Policy Research.
Center for Economic and Policy Research
Abbreviation CEPR
Formation 1999
Type Economic policy think tank
Headquarters 1611 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC, United States
Dean Baker
Mark Weisbrot
Revenue (2014)
Expenses (2014) $1,934,308[1]

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.[2] It has been described as both progressive[3] and left-leaning.[4][5][6] 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."[7]


CEPR's staff includes Ha-Joon Chang[8] and Eileen Appelbaum.[9][10] Other staff members include John Schmitt, Deborah James and Alexander Main.[11][12]

CEPR contributors include Advisory Board Members Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Solow.[13]

As of 2015, CEPR's Board of Directors includes:[14]

Works and policy positions

United States

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.[15][16]


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.[17]

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".[18]


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.[19]


For more details on this topic, see 2010 Haiti earthquake.

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.[20]


CEPR has published at length about Venezuela and has been described as supporting Hugo Chávez and the Venezuelan government[21][22][23] with some of the data presented by CEPR along with Weisbrot being accused of using slanted information to support the Venezuelan government.[24][25][26][27] CEPR staff members such as Mark Weisbrot and Deborah James have attended pro-Venezuelan government events alongside other activists such as Daniel Kovalik.[28][29][30][31][32], a pro-Bolivarian website, has also used CEPR as their only source of economic indicators for their website since 2007.[33][34]

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.[35] 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."[36]


  1. 1 2 "Center for Economic and Policy Researchy" (PDF). Foundation Center. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  2. CEPR, About Us, accessed 13 March 2009
  3. ″The Incredible Shrinking Think Tank″, Extra!, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. March 1, 2008.
  4. Rosenberg, Tina (4 November 2007). "The Perils Of Petrocracy". New York Times. Retrieved 5 October 2014. … Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a left-leaning Washington policy group.
  5. Sussman, Anna Louie (7 September 2015). "Are Women the New Face of Organized Labor?". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  6. Fox, Maggie (24 July 2013). "Obamacare won't slash workers' hours, report finds". NBC News. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  7. "About Us". Center for Economic and Policy Research. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  8. "Ha-Joon Chang". CEPR. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  9. "Eileen Appelbaum". CEPR. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  10. "Eileen Appelbaum". Russell Sage. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  11. "Deborah James". Global Exchange. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  12. "Staff". CEPR. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  13. "Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Solow". CEPR. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  14. "Board of Directors". Center for Economic and Policy Research. March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  15. Hiltzik, Michael (2 October 2014). "Obamacare at one year: a birthday assessment". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  16. Verhage, Julie (August 7, 2015). "Dean Baker: There's a Big Economic Benefit to Obamacare That Isn't Getting Much Attention". Bloomberg. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  17. Marans, Daniel (18 September 2015). "Senior Democrat Has A New Plan To Trim Unemployment". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  18. Davisdson, Paul (7 July 2014). "Study: States that raised minimum wage had stronger job growth". USA Today. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  19. Baker, Dean (30 September 2014). "The tax hike that almost nobody noticed". Fortune. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  20. "Haiti: Relief and Reconstruction Watch". CEPR. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  21. "CENTER FOR ECONOMIC AND POLICY RESEARCH (CEPR)". Discover the Networks. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  22. Laksin, Jacobo (27 October 2006). "The UN's Dictator Tour 2006". The Jewish Press. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  23. Finkelstein, Mark. "AP: Heritage Foundation 'Conservative', Chavez-Apologist Think Tank 'Washington-Based'". Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  24. Rohter, Larry. "Oliver Stone Still Doesn't Get It". History News Network, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  25. Rodriguez, Francisco. "How Not to Defend the Revolution: Mark Weisbrot and the Misinterpretation of Venezuelan Evidence" (PDF). Wesleyan University. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  26. Kincaid, Cliff. "Hugo Chavez, Oliver Stone Give Socialism a Bad Name". Accuracy in Media. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  27. Halvorssen, Thor L. (22 January 2003). "Venezuela in the News: Fraud and the Totalitarian Bias". The Washington Times. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  28. "Peoples of Latin America continue progressing to reach our destiny: independence". Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  29. "The Legacy of Hugo Chávez: At Home and Abroad Hosted by the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela". CEPR. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  30. "Por Aquí Paso Chávez". Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  31. "Dan Kovalik Dan Kovalik". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  32. "Chávez comunicador nos convirtió en poder popular". Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Comunicación y la Información. Gobierno Bolivariano de Venezuela. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  33. "Economic Indicators". Archived from the original on 8 October 2007. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  34. "Economic Indicators". Archived from the original on 14 April 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  35. "How to fix Venezuela's troubled exchange rate". Fortune. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  36. "How to save Venezuela". New York Times. Retrieved 30 June 2016.

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