AEI: A Battlefield in the Ex-Im War

by Michael R. Strain

Please forgive me for being a company man, but one of the many things I love about working at the American Enterprise Institute — in addition to having lunch with Jonah and Ramesh — is the academic freedom fellows and scholars hold. This results, fortunately, in us disagreeing about important issues, and makes AEI a place of stimulating intellectual debate.

The most recent incarnation of this institutional feature (not a bug) is the war over the Export-Import Bank. If you want to get a good handle on both sides of the argument, look no further than the debate happening within AEI. Much of the best stuff written on either side has come from us, with Stan Veuger dealing the most recent blow just yesterday.

Strain, Goldberg, and Carney versus Veuger, Schmitt, and Donnelly.

Obviously, I am on the side of the angels. But the devil may have his day.

— Michael R. Strain is a resident scholar and economist at the American Enterprise Institute. You can write to him on Twitter at

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