Center for Economic and Policy Research

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Center for Economic and Policy Research
Center for Economic and Policy Research logo.gif
Abbreviation CEPR
Formation 1999
Type Economic policy think tank
Headquarters 1611 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC, United States
Co-directors Dean Baker
Mark Weisbrot

The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) is an economic policy think-tank that has been described as both progressive[1] and left-leaning.[2][3] Based in Washington, DC, the American CEPR has no relation to the British Centre for Economic Policy Research.[4]


CEPR was founded in 1999 by economists Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot.[5]

Staff and contributors[edit]


Its staff includes Senior Research Associate Ha-Joon Chang,[6] a leading development economist, and Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum,[7] formerly the Director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University.[8] Other staff members include John Schmitt, as well as Deborah James and Alexander Main, who were former employees of the Government of Venezuela's Venezuela Information Office (VIO), where James was the Executive director of the VIO[9] and Main was an analyst.[10][11] James has also worked as the Global Economy Director at Global Exchange[12] and Director of the WTO Program at Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, in which capacity she spoke at a UNCTAD public symposium on equality and sustainable development.[13]


Its contributors include Advisory Board Members Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Solow,[14]Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences laureates.


According to CEPR, about 80% of their funding comes from grants made by foundations. In 2013-2014, organizations supporting CEPR included:[15]

  • American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
  • American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Arca Foundation
  • Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Bauman Family Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
  • Moriah Foundation
  • National Association of Letter Carriers
  • National Education Association
  • Open Society Foundation
  • Public Welfare Foundation
  • Rauch Foundation
  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Rockefeller Family Fund
  • Russell Sage Foundation
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • Sloan Foundation
  • Streisand Foundation
  • Tides Foundation
  • United Steelworkers

United States[edit]

Affordable Care Act[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Affordable Care Act.

According to the CEPR, the Affordable Care Act 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".[16]

Minimum wage[edit]

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 that though the analysis was "far from scientific".[17]


In a 2014 report in Fortune, 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.[18]

International focus[edit]

Haiti and 2010 earthquake aftermath[edit]

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.[19]


  1. ^ ″The Incredible Shrinking Think Tank″, Extra!, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. March 1, 2008.
  2. ^ 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." 
  3. ^ Parnell, John (12 February 2013). "New study: Work less, fight climate change". Responding to Climate Change. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  4. ^ This Week's Discussion Papers, CEPR published 13 Discussion Papers this week, CEPR website
  5. ^ CEPR, About Us, accessed 13 March 2009
  6. ^ "Ha-Joon Chang". CEPR. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Eileen Appelbaum". CEPR. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Eileen Appelbaum". Russell Sage. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Deborah James". Global Exchange. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  10. ^ CEPR website, Staff Listing, accessed 27 September 2012
  11. ^ Daza Tapia, Andrea (20 October 2009). "Agentes recargan fuerzas para batallar por la "revolución"". El Mundo. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Deborah James". Global Exchange. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Deborah James". UNCTAD. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Solow". CEPR. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Our Funders". CEPR. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  16. ^ Hiltzik, Michael (2 October 2014). "Obamacare at one year: a birthday assessment". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  17. ^ Davisdson, Paul (7 July 2014). "Study: States that raised minimum wage had stronger job growth". USA Today. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  18. ^ Baker, Dean (30 September 2014). "The tax hike that almost nobody noticed". Fortune. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "Haiti: Relief and Reconstruction Watch". CEPR. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 

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