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Michael R. Strain

Michael R. Strain

Writing for PS since 2022
29 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. Encouraging Work Is the Right Policy Response to AI
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    Encouraging Work Is the Right Policy Response to AI

    Jun 25, 2024 Michael R. Strain explains why the advent of highly capable machines cannot deliver human flourishing.

  2. The Economic World We’ve Lost
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    The Economic World We’ve Lost

    Jun 10, 2024 Michael R. Strain laments the declining support for policy principles that delivered decades of prosperity after World War II.

  3. What the AI Pessimists Are Missing
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    What the AI Pessimists Are Missing

    May 16, 2024 Michael R. Strain points out that the technology will help to address many of the risks it creates.

  4. America’s Frustrating Search for a Soft Economic Landing
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    America’s Frustrating Search for a Soft Economic Landing

    Apr 30, 2024 Michael R. Strain warns that beating inflation in the United States will likely require an increase in the unemployment rate.

  5. 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.

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    Why Is China’s Consumption Rate So Low?

    Zhang Jun thinks Chinese households are spending more than official data indicate, but that more support is needed.
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    South Korea Is Caught in the Crossfire of the US-China Trade War

    Anne O. Krueger warns that America’s recent policy shifts could jeopardize a critical strategic alliance in East Asia.
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    What to Do About the Taliban’s Gender Apartheid

    Gordon Brown proposes how international pressure can be brought to bear to reverse the regime's ban on girls' education.
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    What Labour Needs to Succeed

    Mariana Mazzucato & Sarah Doyle share lessons from other countries about how to implement an effective industrial strategy.
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    Restore the Olympic Peace

    Dmitry Muratov, et al.

    When the Olympics were held in ancient times, the frequent wars between the Greek city states were suspended. If the billions of people who will watch this summer's Paris Olympic Games were to take inspiration from this history and call for ceasefires in today's wars, how many lives might be saved?

    see the Paris Summer Games as an ideal moment to advocate ceasefires and negotiations in ongoing wars.
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    The Trump Shooting Reveals the Hallmarks of American Political Violence

    Mattia Ferraresi

    As ugly as it may sound, the attempt to assassinate Donald Trump is somewhat normal, in the sense that it is consistent with a widespread pattern of recourse to brute force in American life. And a constant feature of American political violence is the vicious rhetorical battle that follows every incident.

    highlights two predictable effects of the attempt to assassinate the former president.
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    Supporting Sexual and Reproductive Health Is Good Business

    Natalia Kanem argues that investing in employees’ well-being will help companies attract and retain top talent.
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    Can Democracy Win in 2024?

    Chris Patten highlights the challenges mainstream parties face as they try to boost growth and improve public services.
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    Finding a New French Majority

    Jean Pisani-Ferry assesses what must happen to form a stable government after an election that produced a hung parliament.

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