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Michael R. Strain

Michael R. Strain

Writing for PS since 2022
20 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. The Jobless AI Future Is Still a Long Way Off
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    The Jobless AI Future Is Still a Long Way Off

    Nov 13, 2023 Michael R. Strain explains why advances in artificial intelligence will not eliminate the need for human workers any time soon.

  2. What Poor Children Need
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    What Poor Children Need

    Oct 17, 2023 Michael R. Strain & Harry J. Holzer find evidence to support both conservatives' and progressives' preferred solutions to stagnant upward mobility.

  3. An Off-Ramp from Trump’s Road to Ruin
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    An Off-Ramp from Trump’s Road to Ruin

    Sep 14, 2023 Michael R. Strain explains why Republican voters are starting to see Nikki Haley as a promising presidential candidate.

  4. Why Industrial Policy Fails
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    Why Industrial Policy Fails

    Aug 15, 2023 Michael R. Strain highlights real-world factors that will always frustrate government-led efforts to reshape the economy.

  5. A US Recession Is Still Possible
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    A US Recession Is Still Possible

    Jul 24, 2023 Michael R. Strain pushes back against the emerging consensus that an economic “soft landing” has become likely.

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    Poland’s Democratic Rebirth Pains

    Sławomir Sierakowski describes the rapid marginalization of the recently defeated Law and Justice party and its autocratic leader.
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    What Google and Facebook Owe News Publishers

    Haaris Mateen, et al. support laws requiring Big Tech to pay media companies for the content featured on their digital platforms.
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    The Legacy of Henry Kissinger

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    The passing of America’s preeminent foreign-policy thinker and practitioner marks the end of an era. Throughout his long and extraordinarily influential career, Henry Kissinger built a legacy that Americans would be wise to heed in this new era of great-power politics and global disarray.

    reviews the life and career of America’s preeminent foreign-policy scholar-practitioner.
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    Fixing China’s Real-Estate Sector

    Yu Yongding suggests three measures the government can take to address property developers’ deteriorating finances.
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    The New Roots of Anti-Semitism

    Slavoj Žižek worries that Zionist fundamentalism is exacerbating the problem it purports to solve.
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    When Investors Subvert States

    Jayati Ghosh urges policymakers to end the undemocratic practice of allowing multinationals to sue sovereign countries.
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    Accelerating Latin America’s Clean-Energy Revolution

    Patricia Espinosa & Lourdes Melgar tout the huge opportunities and identify the main challenges of the transition to renewables in the region.
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    What Anti-Trumpism Is Missing

    Daron Acemoglu urges Democrats to support working-class interests and priorities after many years of neglect.
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    Beware the New Consensus on the Global Economy

    Mohamed A. El-Erian worries that domestic political divisions and market volatility could exacerbate financial vulnerabilities.

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