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Michael Strain

Director of Economic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Senior Fellow' Arthur F. Burns Scholar in Political Economy

Michael R. Strain is a senior fellow, the Director of Economic Policy Studies, and the Arthur F. Burns Scholar in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he oversees the Institute’s work in economic policy, financial markets, international trade and finance, tax and budget policy, welfare economics, health care policy, and related areas. Dr. Strain’s wrote “The American Dream is Not Dead: (But Populism Could Kill It)” which was published in 2020. Before joining AEI, Dr. Strain worked at the US Census Bureau and Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He also writes frequently for popular audiences, and his essays and op-eds have been published by numerous news outlets. He is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion and testified before Congress. Dr. Strain has a PhD in economics from Cornell University. He is a graduate of Marquette University and holds an MA from New York University.