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Mark Weisbrot

Mark Weisbrot is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He is co-author, with Dean Baker, of Social Security: The Phony Crisis (University of Chicago Press, 2000), and has written numerous research papers on economic policy.

He writes a column on economic and policy issues that is distributed to over 550 newspapers by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. His opinion pieces have appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and most major U.S. newspapers. He appears regularly on national and local television and radio programs. He is also president of Just Foreign Policy.


Mark Weisbrot es codirector del Centro de Investigación en Economía y Política (Center for Economic and Policy Research - CEPR) en Washington, D.C. Obtuvo su doctorado en economía de la Universidad de Michigan. Es co-autor junto a Dean Baker, del libro titulado, La seguridad social: Una crisis falsa (Social Security: The Phony Crisis) (University of Chicago Press, 2000). También ha escrito numerosos trabajos de investigación sobre temas de política económica.

Entries by Mark Weisbrot

SICAD II: un paso importante hacia la solución del problema cambiario en Venezuela

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 12:02 PM

Todas las economías se enfrentan a importantes problemas estructurales y políticos. Sin embargo, ciertos problemas son más importantes y urgentes que otros en determinados momentos. Con relación a Venezuela, desde hace cierto tiempo mantengo que el principal problema económico es el sistema cambiario. Un sistema de tipo de cambio fijo...

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Obama Administration Faces Diplomatic Isolation in Latin America on Venezuela

(31) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 1:25 PM

The Bush administration had a stated policy of trying to isolate Venezuela from its neighbors, and the strategy ended up isolating Washington instead. President Obama, in his first meeting with hemispheric leaders in Trinidad in 2009, promised to turn a new page. But today, his administration...

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Por qué la estrategia de cambio de régimen tiene pocas posibilidades de éxito en Venezuela

(3) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 5:37 PM

La decisión de Henrique Capriles de rechazar la oferta de diálogo por parte del Presidente Maduro, es emblemático de ciertos problemas fundamentales que han aquejado a la oposición venezolana durante los últimos 15 años, y que afloran con intensidad en el contexto actual.

Aunque la oposición haya emprendido la...

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Venezuela's Struggle, Widely Misrepresented, Remains a Classic Conflict Between Right and Left

(5) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 4:36 PM

The current protests in Venezuela are reminiscent of another historical moment when street protests were used by right-wing politicians as a tactic to overthrow the elected government. It was December of 2002, and I was struck by the images on U.S. television of what was reported as a "general strike,"...

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US Indicates Support for Regime Change in Venezuela; Once Again, South America Says No

(2) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 11:03 AM

When is it considered legitimate to try and overthrow a democratically-elected government? In Washington, the answer has always been simple: when the U.S. government says it is. Not surprisingly, that's not the way Latin American governments generally see it.

On Sunday, the Mercosur governments (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Venezuela)...

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China Has Good Reason to Help Stabilize Latin American Economies

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 12:14 PM

In the last week or so, much of the international business press has been focused on the problems of financial stability in developing countries, some of whom have recently become more vulnerable to capital outflows. The main cause is that investors are trying to get the jump on possible moves...

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Economic and Social Policy and the Problems of the Eurozone and European Integration

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 2:13 PM

The latest (February) issue of Harpers' Magazine has an interesting discussion of Europe and the eurozone, "How Germany Reconquered Europe: the Euro and its Discontents." Some of the big questions of European unity, democracy, and national sovereignty are debated in broad and direct terms not often seen in...

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Five Economic Policy Changes for 2014 That Could Boost Employment and Reduce Climate Disruption

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 11:11 AM

The U.S. economy is still weak, with 7 percent unemployment, many millions more underemployed and less people employed in November than there were six years ago. At the same time -- and not unrelated -- we are still devolving along a path toward increasingly ugly inequality, with 95...

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Greece Will Likely Begin Recovery This Year: Is Austerity Working?

(5) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 11:16 AM

It was nearly four years ago that the Greek government negotiated its agreement with the IMF for a harsh austerity program that was ostensibly designed to resolve its budget problems. Many economists, when we saw the plan, knew immediately that Greece was beginning a long journey into darkness...

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Why the European Economy Has Done So Much Worse Than That of the United States

(18) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 11:20 AM

If we compare the economic recovery of the United States since the Great Recession with that of Europe -- or more specifically the eurozone countries -- the differences are striking, and instructive. The U.S. recession technically lasted about a year and a half -- from December 2007 to June 2009....

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It's Not Only Privacy But Democracy That Snowden Has Tried to Help Us Save

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 11:18 AM

Edward Snowden is a courageous American hero and will be remembered as one, long after the "war on terror" is replaced by some other pretext for violating Americans' constitutional rights and the rest of the world's national sovereignty and privacy, and sometimes security. He won his first major legal victory...

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How Change Takes Place in the United States: The Minimum Wage

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 10:44 AM

Last week, the New York Times reported that "Democratic Party leaders ... have found an issue they believe can lift their fortunes both locally and nationally in 2014: an increase in the minimum wage."

This is a good signal that millions of underpaid workers in the world's...

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Twenty Years Since NAFTA: Mexico Could Have Done Worse, But It's Not Clear How

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 10:38 AM

It was 20 years ago that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico was implemented. Here in Washington, D.C., the date coincided with an outbreak of the bacteria cryptosporidium in the city's water supply, with residents having to boil their water before drinking it....

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Budget Deal Could Have Been Worse, But Fiscal Policy Still on the Wrong Track

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 4:42 PM

There was good news, bad news, and stupid news from the budget deal reached by the U.S. House of Representatives this week. Probably the best news is that we can have a national day of gloating that there are no cuts to Social Security. "Grand Bargains" of the sort that...

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Can War With Iran Be Prevented?

(3) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 9:58 AM

"Obama Signals a Shift From Military Might to Diplomacy" was the headline of a report in the New York Times on Tuesday, following the "first step" agreement reached with Iran over the prior weekend. That says a lot: that the U.S. is resorting to diplomacy, the normal currency...

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Elecciones en Honduras empañadas por actos de violencia y acusaciones de fraude

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 1:35 PM

Las elecciones en Honduras empañadas por actos de violencia y acusaciones de fraude: ¿los observadores internacionales avistarán la evidencia?

The Guardian Unlimited, 3 de diciembre 2013.

Los resultados electorales son a menudo rebatidos, y esa es una razón por la que los gobiernos invitan a misiones oficiales de...

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Honduran Elections Marred by Violence, Fraud Allegations: Will International Observers Look at the Evidence?

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 11:39 AM

Election results are often contested, and that is one reason why governments sometimes invite official observer missions from inter-governmental bodies such as the Organization of American States (OAS) or European Union (EU). But there are times and places when these outside organizations don't provide much of an independent observation.


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Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Runs Into Serious Resistance Due to Public Scrutiny

(5) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 11:00 AM

The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement among 12 governments, touted as one of the largest "free trade" agreements in U.S. history, is running into difficulties as the public learns more about it. Last week 151 Democrats and 23 Republicans in the House of Representatives...

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Buying Into a Bubble: The Black Market Dollar in Venezuela

(6) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 1:55 PM

Asset bubbles are as old as the market. They can have different origins and historical specifics, but the core dynamic is relatively simple: People buy something because its price is going up and they believe it will rise more. This pushes the price up further, and convinces more people to...

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Long-Awaited Apocalypse Not Likely in Venezuela

(14) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 3:10 PM

For more than a decade people opposed to the government of Venezuela -- which today includes almost all major Western media outlets -- have argued that the Venezuelan economy would implode. Like communists in the 1930s rooting for the final crisis of capitalism, they generally saw Venezuela's economic collapse as...

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