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Michael R. Strain

Michael R. Strain

Writing for PS since 2022
29 commentaries

Michael R. Strain, Director of Economic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, is the author, most recently, of The American Dream Is Not Dead: (But Populism Could Kill It) (Templeton Press, 2020).

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  1. Encouraging Work Is the Right Policy Response to AI
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    Encouraging Work Is the Right Policy Response to AI

    Jun 25, 2024 Michael R. Strain explains why the advent of highly capable machines cannot deliver human flourishing.

  2. The Economic World We’ve Lost
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    The Economic World We’ve Lost

    Jun 10, 2024 Michael R. Strain laments the declining support for policy principles that delivered decades of prosperity after World War II.

  3. What the AI Pessimists Are Missing
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    What the AI Pessimists Are Missing

    May 16, 2024 Michael R. Strain points out that the technology will help to address many of the risks it creates.

  4. America’s Frustrating Search for a Soft Economic Landing
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    America’s Frustrating Search for a Soft Economic Landing

    Apr 30, 2024 Michael R. Strain warns that beating inflation in the United States will likely require an increase in the unemployment rate.

  5. What Soft Landing?
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    What Soft Landing?

    Mar 11, 2024 Michael R. Strain warns that the US economy could still crash, given negative consumer sentiment and a hot labor market.

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    The King of the Americans

    Steve Pincus observes that the US Supreme Court has given the president powers denied to English monarchs since James II.
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    Will Trump Benefit from the Attempt on His Life?

    Shang-Jin Wei

    Taiwan’s experience suggests that the attempted assassination of former US President Donald Trump may provide him with enough sympathy votes to return to the White House. Barring a dramatic shift, such as President Joe Biden being replaced by a more dynamic nominee, the prospects for a Democratic victory appear dim.

    draws parallels between the attack on Trump and the incident that swayed the 2004 Taiwanese election.
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    Fighting Climate Change Requires a Different Mindset

    Sonia Guajajara thinks the rest of the world can learn a lot from how indigenous peoples relate to nature.
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    The Supreme Court Just Sabotaged the US Economy

    Kenneth Jacobs considers the implications of a decision that will hobble federal rulemaking and unleash a wave of litigation.
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    Gen Z’s Growing Consumer Power

    Wolfgang Fengler explains how the generation’s enormous economic potential will unfold over the next two decades.
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    Why Is China’s Consumption Rate So Low?

    Zhang Jun thinks Chinese households are spending more than official data indicate, but that more support is needed.
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    South Korea Is Caught in the Crossfire of the US-China Trade War

    Anne O. Krueger warns that America’s recent policy shifts could jeopardize a critical strategic alliance in East Asia.
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    What to Do About the Taliban’s Gender Apartheid

    Gordon Brown proposes how international pressure can be brought to bear to reverse the regime's ban on girls' education.
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    What Labour Needs to Succeed

    Mariana Mazzucato & Sarah Doyle share lessons from other countries about how to implement an effective industrial strategy.

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