Thursday, 1 June 2017

CEPR's Battle Plan

Center for Economic and Policy Research

CEPR's Battle Plan

Dear Reader,

I am writing to ask that you consider making a contribution to support the work of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.  I know that you’re bombarded with appeals just like this one every single day.  The Trump administration has declared war on reality and data, which means that those of us in the reality data business have a huge amount of work to do, and we’re all trying to get the money to cover the cost. 

All that to say that I totally understand if you have donor fatigue.

But I am going to ask that you consider supporting CEPR’s work as well.  I truly believe that CEPR is needed now, more than ever.  Dean Baker and CEPR’s domestic team are gearing up, once again, to fight to preserve Social Security, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act. They’re providing research and analysis that pushes back on the narrative that we have to cut programs that serve the poor and disabled. They are also showing that the Trump campaign’s promise to bring back blue collar jobs is an empty one.  They’re looking into the effects of domestic outsourcing and the impact of private equity on workers. The domestic team is promoting publically funded drug trials and pushing back on spin from the pharmaceutical companies on the high costs of prescription drugs.

CEPR’s international team, led by Mark Weisbrot, made a real contribution to the debate over the French election, showing that the austerity program of the EU and IMF are harmful to workers and has helped fuel the rise of the Right in Europe. They are looking into how austerity in Europe prevents governments from achieving the goal of public investment to reduce carbon emissions. They are currently writing a paper looking at Brazil one year after the coup, and they are preparing an update of their well-received Scorecard on Development series.   They’re following the upcoming elections in Great Britain, Honduras, Chile and Germany. And they continue to monitor aid accountability in Haiti.

These are just a few of the issues that my dedicated colleagues are working on, day after day.  As you may know, CEPR runs on a lean and mean budget. We consistently rank number one in press citations per budget dollar.  We don’t take government or corporate money - we’re supported by private foundations, labor groups and individual donors only.

Please consider making a donation to CEPR so that we can continue to fight for an economy that works for everyone, both here and abroad.
 Thanks for your support,

Dawn Niederhauser, CEPR’s Director of Development (on behalf of CEPR’s hard-working staff)

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CEPR was co-founded by economists Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot in 1999.

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