For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Contact: Karen Conner, (202) 293-5380 x117

This year the Center for Economic and Policy Research is putting some familiar names into different job titles. After 18 years, Dean Baker is stepping down as co-director, replaced by Eileen Appelbaum, who has been a senior economist at CEPR for the last decade. Baker will now be a senior economist.

“I will keep doing work; there is still plenty of room for critical voices in economic policy debates. But I will no longer have administrative responsibilities at CEPR. Hopefully this will let me be more productive. I expect to continue Beat the Press blog in its current form long into the future,” said Baker.

Prior to Appelbaum joining CEPR, she was distinguished professor and the director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University in New Jersey, the research director at the Economic Policy Institute, and a professor of economics at Temple University in Pennsylvania.

“CEPR’s voice in policy debates is more important than ever, and I look forward to playing an active role in the struggles ahead,” said Appelbaum.

Along with co-director Mark Weisbrot, CEPR will be in good hands.

Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot founded CEPR in 1999. Since then, CEPR developed a reputation for conducting timely, high quality, original, and independent research that successfully challenges conventional wisdom and identifies economic trends long before the economics profession has noted them.

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