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Michael R. Strain

Michael R. Strain

Writing for PS since 2022
10 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. Averting a Debt-Ceiling Disaster
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    Averting a Debt-Ceiling Disaster

    Jan 11, 2023 Michael R. Strain explains what needs to happen to prevent a financial crisis and an irreversible loss of US credibility.

  2. The Myth of Income Stagnation
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    The Myth of Income Stagnation

    Dec 15, 2022 Michael R. Strain shows how new data refute the conventional wisdom about wages and inequality in the United States.

  3. The Republicans Lose with Trump
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    The Republicans Lose with Trump

    Nov 11, 2022 Michael R. Strain urges the party to draw the right conclusions from its lackluster performance in the US midterm elections.

  4. Growth Beats Grievance
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    Growth Beats Grievance

    Oct 14, 2022 Michael R. Strain thinks UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’s overall economic-policy approach marks a welcome break with populism.

  5. America’s Education Emergency
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    America’s Education Emergency

    Sep 26, 2022 Michael R. Strain calls for urgent action to make up for pandemic learning loss in light of dismal new test scores.

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    Putin’s Brezhnev Moment

    Aryeh Neier draws parallels between the regime’s ongoing crackdown on civil society and late Soviet repression.
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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
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    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.

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