Upcoming Event: Dean Baker in Tulsa, January 9th

Oklahoma Policy Institute is delighted to be hosting economist Dean Baker for a talk titled, “The Great Recession: How We Got In and How We Get Out” at the Dilly Deli restaurant in Tulsa, January 9th, 2011. The event will begin with a wine and dessert reception at 6:45 p.m. Following Dean’s talk there will be a panel discussion featuring Bob Ball of the Tulsa Metro Chamber; Dr. Steve Steib of the University of Tulsa Department of Economics, and Wayne Greene of the Tulsa World. Tickets are $25; click here to reserve.

Baker, who is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC., is one of America’s most prolific and provocative economists, weighing in regularly on the major economic issues of the day in such media outlets as the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CNBC, and National Public Radio (click here for the audio of a recent interview on Studio Tulsa).  He writes a weekly column for the Guardian Unlimited (UK), and his blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting.

Dean has written several books, his latest being Taking Economics Seriously (MIT Press) which thinks through what we might gain if we took the ideological blinders off of basic economic principles, and False Profits: Recovering from the Bubble Economy (PoliPoint Press, 2010) about what caused – and how to fix – the current economic crisis.  In 2009, he wrote Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy (PoliPoint Press), which chronicled the growth and collapse of the stock and housing bubbles and explained how policy blunders and greed led to the catastrophic – but completely predictable – market meltdowns.  His book Getting Prices Right: The Debate Over the Consumer Price Index (editor, M.E. Sharpe, 1997) was a winner of a Choice Book Award as one of the outstanding academic books of the year.

His talk in Tulsa is certain to be lively, informative and thought-provoking. Seating is limited, so get your tickets now.


Former Executive Director David Blatt joined OK Policy in 2008 and served as its Executive Director from 2010 to 2019. He previously served as Director of Public Policy for Community Action Project of Tulsa County and as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma State Senate. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. David has been selected as Political Scientist of the Year by the Oklahoma Political Science Association, Local Social Justice Champion by the Dan Allen Center for Social Justice, and Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers.

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