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Michael R. Strain

Michael R. Strain

Writing for PS since 2022
25 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 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.

  2. Yes, Russian Reserves Should Be Seized
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    Yes, Russian Reserves Should Be Seized

    Feb 19, 2024 Michael R. Strain explains why the Kremlin’s frozen assets should be used for Ukraine’s reconstruction.

  3. Nikki Haley Should Stay in the GOP Race
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    Nikki Haley Should Stay in the GOP Race

    Feb 12, 2024 Michael R. Strain explains why the candidate would be infinitely better than Donald Trump for US democracy and global stability.

  4. In Defense of Billionaires
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    In Defense of Billionaires

    Jan 9, 2024 Michael R. Strain argues that wildly successful people create trillions of dollars of value for society.

  5. The Myth of the 1%
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    The Myth of the 1%

    Dec 14, 2023 Michael R. Strain urges US policymakers to focus more on the wages of the bottom half of workers, rather than the top earners.

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    The Gaza War Goes Global

    Joschka Fischer considers the implications of Iran’s unprecedented decision to launch a direct strike on Israeli territory.
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    Gender-Neutral Fintech Isn’t Working for Women

    Emmanuel Nyirinkindi & Jessica Schnabel show that the industry is not fully delivering on its promise to accelerate financial inclusion.
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    The Urgency of Palestinian Statehood

    Gareth Evans explains why formal international recognition is crucial to ending the intolerable status quo.
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    Quality Journalism Is More Important than Ever

    Anya Schiffrin, et al. explain how policymakers can support rigorous, objective reporting, just as they provide other public goods.
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    Is India’s Economy Overhyped?

    Shang-Jin Wei argues that the country’s rapid development, while undeniable, conceals deeper structural problems.
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    Negotiating a Bigger, Better World Bank

    Michael Krake & Wempi Saputra explain how a new framework will nudge countries to invest in projects that deliver global public goods.
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    The Ozone Layer’s Recovery Shows How to Protect the Planet

    Robert Redford & Xiye Bastida highlight the critical role of international cooperation in preserving the planet’s habitability.
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    The Middle East Needs a Ceasefire Now

    Daoud Kuttab explains why the latest escalation could lead to a truce instead of an all-out military showdown.
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    Overcoming the Development-Project Implementation Gap

    Jorge Moreira da Silva highlights ways to strengthen the International Development Association’s already-powerful impact.

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