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Michael R. Strain

Michael R. Strain

Writing for PS since 2022
5 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. What’s Hollowing Out the US Workforce?
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    What’s Hollowing Out the US Workforce?

    Aug 22, 2022 Michael R. Strain worries that the US labor market’s participation rate is continuing its long downward march.

  2. Cap Russia’s Oil Price Now
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    Cap Russia’s Oil Price Now

    Jul 21, 2022 Michael R. Strain touts a US-backed plan that would sustain output while denying the Kremlin money for its war machine.

  3. Biden’s Empty Inflation Rhetoric
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    Biden’s Empty Inflation Rhetoric

    Jun 20, 2022 Michael R. Strain worries that the refusal to roll back tariffs betrays lingering complacency about rising consumer prices.

  4. Will US Inflation Lead to Recession?
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    Will US Inflation Lead to Recession?

    May 18, 2022 Michael R. Strain urges the Federal Reserve to keep its options open as it tries to restore price stability.

  5. How to Do More for Ukraine
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    How to Do More for Ukraine

    May 13, 2022 Oleg Ustenko interviewed by Michael R. Strain about the additional steps Western powers can take to end Russia's war and hold it accountable.

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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

    Laurence Tubiana

    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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