Last updated on: 8/16/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Dean Baker, PhD Biography

Title:
Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Economic Policy and Research
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“The real and present threat of climate change has raised the stakes dramatically as to the importance of channeling our economy’s resources into productive investments. And here we can be quite specific in referring to ‘productive investments.’ We mean channeling a significant share of the economy’s resources into investments in energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy, and moving the economy away from its current dependence on oil, coal, and natural gas…

…[T]he US needs to build a competitive renewable energy manufacturing sector. Over the long term, the U.S. is going to be a major consumer, perhaps the largest market in the world, of manufactured renewable energy products. These products will be a cornerstone of the clean energy economy.”

Cowritten with Robert Pollin, “Reindustrializing America: A Proposal for Reviving US Manufacturing and Creating Millions of Good Jobs,” www.peri.umass.edu, Spring 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-Founder and Co-Director, Center for Economic Policy and Research, 1999-present
  • Columnist, Huffington Post, Truthout, and Guardian Unlimited
  • Senior Economist, Economic Policy Institute, 1992-1999
  • Former Assistant Professor, Bucknell University
  • Former Consultant, World Bank
  • Former Consultant, Joint Economic Committee, United States Congress
  • Former Consultant, Trade Union Advisory Council, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • Former Columnist, Economic Reporting Review
Education:
  • PhD, Economics, University of Michigan, 1988
  • MA, Economics, University of Denver, 1983
  • BA, Economics, Swarthmore College, 1981
Other:
  • He runs the blog Beat The Press at the Center for Economic Policy and Research
  • His analyses have been published in the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, the London Financial Times, and the New York Daily News.
Quoted in:
  1. Will Increased Oil Drilling Help the US Solve Its Energy Crisis?