The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), founded in 1999, is an independent, nonpartisan think tank, which produces economic research on topics that affect people's lives to contribute to the public debate (social security, healthcare, the national budget), and internationally (global economy, International Monetary Fund, and Latin America policy).
CEPR supports the Affordable Care Act stating that it is "a family-friendly policy" and that the policy "has allowed thousands of workers to voluntarily reduce their work hours to care for children or elderly parents, or to explore new opportunities". Despite these noted changes in the percentage of workers employed on a part-time basis, CEPR concluded that such statistics were not sufficient to make any overall judgments on the health of the labor market.
A 2014 study by CEPR shows that 13 states that increased their minimum wage had an average payroll of 0.99% compared to 0.68% in other states, though the CEPR stated the analysis was "far from scientific".
CEPR has published at length about Venezuela and has been described as supporting Hugo Chávez and the Venezuelan government with some of the data presented by CEPR along with Weisbrot being accused of using slanted information to support the Venezuelan government. CEPR staff members such as Mark Weisbrot and Deborah James have attended pro-Venezuelan government events alongside other activists such as Daniel Kovalik.Venezuelanalysis.com, a pro-Bolivarian website, has also used CEPR as their only source of economic indicators for their website since 2007.
In a July 2014 article titled "How to fix Venezuela's troubled exchange rate" written for Fortune magazine, Weisbrot attributes many of Venezuela's economic problems to their current monetary policies such as the government's exchange rate system. In a June 2016 article titled "A U.S. Policy of Non-intervention in Venezuela Would Be a Welcome Change" written for the New York Times, Weisbrot blamed the U.S. for many of Venezuela's economic problems: "Washington has caused enormous damage to Venezuela in its relentless pursuit of 'regime change' for the last 15 years."
^Rosenberg, Tina (4 November 2007). "The Perils Of Petrocracy". New York Times. Retrieved 5 October 2014. … Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a left-leaning Washington policy group.
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