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Experts Available for Interviews on IMF/World Bank Issues

Experts Available for Interviews on IMF/World Bank Issues

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 14, 2005

Contact: Lynn Erskine, 202-293-5380 x115

In preparation for the upcoming G7, World Bank and IMF meetings, economists Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) are available to discuss globalization, debt, trade and other economic issues. To schedule an interview, call 202-293-5380 x115.

CEPR has called attention to numerous international economic problems that are now widely recognized. For example, the World Bank recently pointed out the risks to developing countries of holding dollar reserves ("Poor nations with big dollar reserves risk great losses, World Bank warns," Financial Times, April 7, 2005). CEPR calculated these potential losses in September 2004 in its report, "Going Down With the Dollar The Cost to Developing Countries of a Declining Dollar." CEPR was also the first think tank to call attention to the sharp slowdown in growth in most developing countries over the last 25 years. This is now becoming a major political issue, especially in Latin America.

Experts

MARK WEISBROT is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. Weisbrot has written numerous research papers on international and domestic economic policy, including; international trade and finance; macroeconomic policy; debt and development; and democracy. He is co-author, with Dean Baker, of "The Scorecard on Globalization Twenty Years of Diminished Progress." He writes a weekly column on economic and policy issues distributed to over 550 newspapers by Knight-Ridder/Tribune Information Services. He appears regularly on television and radio programs, including ABC World News Tonight, CNN and Fox News.

DEAN BAKER is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. Baker is author of the Economic Reporting Review, a weekly examination of the economic reporting in the New York Times and the Washington Post, and periodic analyses of the Federal Government's economic data on prices, employment, corporate profits, and the GDP. He is co-author, with Mark Weisbrot, of "Social Security The Phony Crisis." Other works include "Getting Prices Right The Battle Over the Consumer Price Index" and "Globalization and Progressive Economic Policy," edited with Jerry Epstein and Bob Pollin. Baker’s writing has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post, and American Prospect, among other publications. He appears regularly on television and radio programs, including CNN, NPR, Newshour with Jim Lehrer and Counterspin.

Selected Publications

"Going Down With the Dollar: The Cost to Developing Countries of a Declining Dollar," by Mark Weisbrot, David Rosnick and Dean Baker, Sept. 20, 2004.

"Applying Economics to Economists: Good Governance at the International Financial Institutions," by Mark Weisbrot and Dean Baker, July 2004.

"The Scorecard on Globalization 1980-2000 Twenty Years of Diminished Progress," by Mark Weisbrot, Dean Baker, Egor Kraev and Judy Chen.

See www.cepr.net for more CEPR research and most recent columns and op-eds.

 

 

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