Michael R. Strain is director of Economic Policy Studies and the Arthur F. Burns Scholar in Political Economy at AEI. An economist, Dr. Strain’s research and writing is in a wide range of areas, including labor markets, public finance, social policy, and macroeconomics. He is the author of the American Dream Is Not Dead: (But Populism Could Kill It) (2020), which examines longer-term economic outcomes for workers and households. He has published over 40 articles in academic and policy journals, and he has edited four books on economics and public policy. He also writes frequently for popular audiences. His essays and op-eds have been published by the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and National Review, among other outlets. He is a columnist for Project Syndicate. Mr. Strain is frequently interviewed by major media outlets, speaks often to a variety of audiences, and has testified before Congress. Before joining AEI, he worked at the US Census Bureau and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He holds a PhD from Cornell University.