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Michael R. Strain

Michael R. Strain

Writing for PS since 2022
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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 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.
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    Putting Africa on the Path to Prosperity

    Mohamed Ould Ghazouani & Ajay Banga urge the G7 to focus on the continent’s future, and on five priorities in particular, at this week’s summit.
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    Anatomy of a Massacre

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    The 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus holds useful lessons about what it takes to arrest – and recover from – inter-communal violence. But there is a difference between a pogrom and a genocide, and conflating the two can do more harm than good.

    considers what the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus can and cannot teach us about preventing genocide.
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    AI: Hope or Hype?

    Whether generative artificial intelligence will do more harm or good to our families, economies, and societies remains an open question. In devising strategies for harnessing the technology, optimism is undoubtedly warranted, but it should not come at the expense of realism.

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    How Denmark Keeps the Far Right at Bay

    Michael Ehrenreich explains how mainstream parties have neutralized the threat of right-wing populists.
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    How Techno-Libertarians Fell in Love with Big Government

    Quinn Slobodian argues Silicon Valley investors are against the state only insofar as it is not enriching them personally.
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    How Chinese Savings Can Support the Global Green Transition

    Daniel Gros urges the EU to welcome cheap low-carbon goods, such as electric vehicles, from China.

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