Michael R. Strain

Mr. Strain holds the Arthur F. Burns Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute.

Michael R. Strain is the director of economic-policy studies and the Arthur F. Burns Scholar in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, and a research fellow at the Institute for Labor Economics (IZA). He is the author of the book, “The American Dream Is Not Dead: (But Populism Could Kill It),” published in February 2020. An economist, his research has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals and in the policy journals Tax Notes and National Affairs, and he has edited two books on economics and public policy. Dr. Strain also writes frequently for popular audiences. His essays and op-eds have been published by The Wall Street Journal, The New York TimesThe Washington Post, National Review, and The Atlantic, among others. He is frequently interviewed by major media outlets, speaks often to a variety of audiences, and has testified before Congress. Before joining AEI, he worked in the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau and in the macroeconomics research group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Dr. Strain is a graduate of Marquette University, and holds an M.A. from New York University and a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell.