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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

Bias Creates Investment Opportunities in South American Bonds

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 12:44 PM

There have been numerous reports in the business press in the past couple of weeks that Venezuela will default on its bonds. A Bloomberg News reporter stated on December 9 that "it is not a question of if, but when" the government will default. Another Bloomberg...

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Prejuicio abre oportunidades en bonos suramericanos

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 12:43 PM

En las pasadas dos semanas, ha habido una serie de reportajes en la prensa de negocios que apuntan a un incumplimiento por parte de Venezuela en cuanto al pago de sus bonos. Un periodista de Bloomberg News anunció el 9 de diciembre que "ya no es cuestión de...

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President Obama's New Policy on Cuba Could Be a Good Start

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 12:37 PM

In 1992 Miami Herald commentator Andrés Oppenheimer won a Pulitzer Prize for his book Castro's Final Hour, thus giving "new meaning to the words final and hour," as the late filmmaker and writer Saul Landau would wryly remark many years later. Fidel Castro would survive 11 U.S. presidents,...

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Fed Shouldn't Be Raising Interest Rates Any Time Soon

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 1:43 PM

A lot has changed in the last 20 years since then-Federal Reserve Vice-Chairman Alan Blinder had the audacity to suggest, in a speech, that the Fed could use interest-rate policy to help reduce unemployment in the short term. It was real blasphemy back then, and despite the fact that the...

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In Ferguson, a Prosecutor Manipulates the Justice System to Prevent Indictment

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 12:10 PM

Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson never went to trial for killing Mike Brown, but he had one of the best attorneys anyone in his situation could have had. St. Louis prosecutor Robert McCulloch not only helped Wilson in the legal proceedings but proved himself a skilled manager of public relations,...

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Hillary Clinton admite su papel en el golpe de Honduras

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 2:13 PM

En un reciente artículo de opinión en el Washington Post, la ex-secretaria de Estado Hillary Clinton utilizó una reseña del último libro de Henry Kissinger, "Orden Mundial," para dar a conocer su visión de "mantener el liderazgo de Estados Unidos en el mundo".

En medio de numerosas...

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Un nuevo sistema cambiario para Venezuela

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 2:31 PM

Cuando se trata de política económica, lo que piensa el público puede pesar bastante. Los gobiernos electos tienen que preocuparse de ser reelectos; esto sin duda aplica en Venezuela, donde los votantes están polarizados y la última elección presidencial fue reñida.

Venezuela se enfrenta actualmente a una serie de problemas...

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Economic Issues Could Be Decisive in Brazilian Presidential Election

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 3:33 PM

With Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff now facing Aécio Neves (of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party, PSDB) in the second round of elections on October 26, much of the discussion is focusing on economic issues. These are often badly reported and widely misunderstood, so a review of some of the major...

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Por qué Dilma Rousseff Puede Volver a Ganar La Presidencia en Brasil

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 10:49 AM

Cuando, hace pocas semanas, la contrincante Marina Silva tomó la delantera en las encuestas frente a la presidenta Dilma Rousseff, hubo mucha emoción acá en Washington, tanto en la prensa financiera como en los mercados financieros. El Partido de los Trabajadores de Rousseff ha estado en el poder durante 12...

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Why Dilma Rousseff May Win Brazil's Presidential Election

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 12:34 PM

When challenger Marina Silva pulled ahead of incumbent Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in the polls a few weeks ago there was a lot of excitement here in Washington, in the business press, and Brazilian financial markets. Rousseff's Workers' Party (PT) has been in power for 12 years, and a lot...

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La guerra con ISIS debe debatirse, tanto en el Congreso de EEUU como en el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 12:38 PM

El "Estado Islámico", o ISIS como otros lo llaman, se presenta ante el mundo como un enemigo que casi nadie puede soportar. Como los villanos en una película de Batman, anuncian amenazas al mundo entero, difundiendo videos grotescos de sus matanzas para demostrar que hablan en serio y no tienen...

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ISIS War Needs to Be Debated, in US Congress and in UN Security Council

(3) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 12:31 PM

The "Islamic State," or ISIS as others refer to them, present themselves to the world as an enemy that hardly anyone can stomach. Like villains in a Batman movie, they announce threats to the entire world, releasing gruesome videos of their killings to show that they are serious and without...

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Carvajal Case Reveals Splits Within Obama Administration on Latin America Policy, Once Again

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 6:18 PM

If all the crises in Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan weren't enough, the Obama administration last week embarked on a path to break diplomatic relations with Venezuela. But the drama was cut short last night when the Dutch government announced that it would not allow the extradition...

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How to Fix Venezuela's Troubled Exchange Rate

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 11:12 AM

Most people think that the Venezuelan economy is a basket case on the verge of collapse, and that has been a widespread belief for most of the last decade. But the South American nation has only run into serious trouble in the past two years. Starting in 2004, after the...

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Cheney's Campaign for Iraq War 3: Shaping the Narrative

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 6:04 PM

Dick Cheney may not be a very nice person, but he is a pretty smart political operative. And so he has been all over the news for the past few weeks trying to promote the narrative that he and his neoconservative allies need for the long haul. He...

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Who Shot Argentina? A Washington Murder Mystery

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 3:42 PM

When Cristina Kirchner first ran for president of Argentina in 2007, she had a campaign commercial with adorable young children answering the question, "What is the IMF (International Monetary Fund)?" They offered cute little ridiculous answers like "The IMF is a place where there are many animals," and...

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Another US Spying Problem in Latin America: The Drug Enforcement Agency

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 12:13 PM

Relations between the U.S. and Brazil have been in the doghouse since documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden showed that Brazil was one of the biggest targets of NSA spying. The abuses included mass collection of millions of Brazilians' email and phone records, spying...

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For the First Time in Years, Members of Congress Push Back Against Obama Administration's Failed Latin America Policy

(6) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 5:19 PM

In a remarkable eruption of sanity in Washington, there is finally some pushback from Congress against the far-right and "center" on U.S. policy toward Venezuela and Latin America -- something that has not happened under the McCarthyite pall that has prevailed for years. A letter from members of...

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Ukraine's IMF Agreement Could Worsen the Country's Problems

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 12:27 PM

On Sunday May 25, the "Chocolate King" handily won the Ukrainian presidential elections in the first round. Billionaire Petro O. Poroshenko is so named because he made his fortune in the confectionary business. The defeated runner-up, former prime minister Yulia V. Tymoshenko is sometimes referred to as "the Gas Princess,"...

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Miembros del Congreso reaccionan, por primera vez en años, contra la política fallida del gobierno de Obama hacia América Latina

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 12:12 PM

En lo que constituye una impresionante irrupción de cordura en Washington, existe finalmente cierta reacción por parte del Congreso contra la extrema derecha y el "centro" en cuanto a la política de los EEUU hacia Venezuela y América Latina - algo que no había ocurrido bajo la sombra del macartismo...

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