April 08, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C., will give the talk, "The Great Recession: How we got here and how we get out," on Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in Rooke Chapel at Bucknell University.

Seating is limited: doors open to members of the campus community at 6:30 p.m.; any remaining seats will be available to the general public at 6:45 p.m.

Sub-prime crisis predicted
A nationally recognized expert on the economic crisis in the United States, Baker was one of the first to predict that the sub-prime crisis would lead to a serious recession.

He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy, The United States Since 1980, The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer, Social Security: The Phony Crisis, and Getting Prices Right: The Battle Over the Consumer Price Index, which won a Choice Book Award as one of the outstanding academic books of the year.

International contributor
Baker is frequently cited in economics reporting in major media outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CNBC, and National Public Radio. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian Unlimited (UK), and his blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting. 

His analyses have appeared in many major publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, the London Financial Times, and the New York Daily News. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.

Dean previously worked as a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute and an assistant professor at Bucknell University. He also has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, and the OECD's Trade Union Advisory Council.  He was the author of the weekly online commentary on economic reporting, the Economic Reporting Review (ERR), from 1996 to 2006.

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