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
Motto Promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives
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 was founded in 1999 by economists Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot.[1] It has been described as both progressive[2] and left-leaning.[3][4] Based in Washington, DC, the American CEPR has no relation to the British Centre for Economic Policy Research.

Staff and contributors[edit]


Its staff includes Senior Research Associate Ha-Joon Chang,[5] a leading development economist, and Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum,[6] formerly the Director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University.[7] 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[8] and Main was an analyst.[9][10] James has also worked as the Global Economy Director at Global Exchange[11] 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.[12]

According to a 2004 National Review article, the Venezuela Information Office (VIO)—a lobbying agency whose goal was to improve the perception of Venezuela in the US[13]—"coordinates a media response team" that includes "representatives from the Center for Economic Policy and Research".[14] CEPR representatives signed a letter to the editor of the Center for Public Integrity, saying that their statements about the VIO were "highly misleading".[15]


Its contributors include Advisory Board Members Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Solow,[16] Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences laureates.

Board of Directors[edit]

As of November 2014, CEPR’s Board of Directors comprises[17]


  1. ^ CEPR, About Us, accessed 13 March 2009
  2. ^ ″The Incredible Shrinking Think Tank″, Extra!, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. March 1, 2008.
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Fox, Maggie (24 July 2013). "Obamacare won't slash workers' hours, report finds". NBC News. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ha-Joon Chang". CEPR. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Eileen Appelbaum". CEPR. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Eileen Appelbaum". Russell Sage. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Deborah James". Global Exchange. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  9. ^ CEPR website, Staff Listing, accessed 27 September 2012
  10. ^ Daza Tapia, Andrea (20 October 2009). "Agentes recargan fuerzas para batallar por la "revolución"". El Mundo. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Deborah James". Global Exchange. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Deborah James". UNCTAD. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Forero, Juan (September 30, 2004). "Venezuela's government seeks to show that its oil riches are well spent". The New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2010. 
  14. ^ Miller, John J (December 27, 2004). "Friends of Hugo: Venezuela's Castroite boss has all the usual U.S. supporters". National Review. Retrieved January 24, 2010. 
  15. ^ Bogardus, Kevin (September 22, 2004). "Venezuela Head Polishes Image With Oil Dollars". Center for Public Integrity. Retrieved January 24, 2010.  Letter to the editor in response.
  16. ^ "Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Solow". CEPR. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Board of Directors". Center for Economick and Policy Research. November 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 

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