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Michael R. Strain

Michael R. Strain

Writing for PS since 2022
8 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 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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    Russia’s Financial Crisis Must Come Sooner

    Simon Johnson shows why a low price cap for the country’s crude exports would render the Kremlin’s war economy untenable.
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    QE with Chinese Characteristics?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng urge China to use monetary policy to tackle some of the biggest challenges it faces.
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    Why Europe and Latin America Need Each Other

    Josep Borrell

    In a world of giants, the EU and Mercosur together represent just 10% of the world’s population and 20% of global GDP. If either wants to wield global influence, it needs the other, making the EU-Mercosur trade agreement a strategic imperative.

    urge European Union and Latin American leaders to revive momentum toward a long-overdue trade agreement.
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    Let the WTO Referee Carbon Border Taxes

    Jeffrey Frankel shows how a revived World Trade Organization can play a central role in combating climate change.
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    Elon Musk’s Not-so-Hidden Agenda

    Jason Stanley thinks the mogul's takeover of Twitter reflects his interest in destroying all democratic information spaces.
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    Saadia Zahidi on government spending, debt distress, the Iran protests, and more

    Saadia Zahidi argues that social-safety nets must be customized and targeted to ensure efficiency, advocates a more responsible approach to deficit reduction and fiscal consolidation, describes the complex recipe for helping countries reap the benefits of greater female labor-force participation, and more.
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    The Birth of a New International Order

    Joschka Fischer sees global great-power relations taking shape around a Sino-American dominated pentarchy.
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    The World Cup Syndrome

    Raj Persaud reflects on the effects that loving the “beautiful game” can have on one’s health and finances.
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    Rebooting the World Bank

    Suma Chakrabarti & Chris Humphrey outline key reforms that could help the institution regain the trust of developing countries.

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