An empirical microeconomist, Michael R. Strain's research fits broadly within labor economics and public policy. Specifically, he has written on the causes of labor market earnings volatility, how earnings volatility varies across workers, the effects of single-sex classrooms on students' education outcomes, job loss and its effects on workers and firms, and the welfare effects of payday loans. Strain began his career in the research group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Before joining AEI, he managed the New York Census Research Data Center, a U.S. Census Bureau research facility.
"The Myth of the Rational Voter," Bryan Caplan, 2008
Professor Caplan offers a fascinating take on why democracies choose public policies that often make economists scratch their heads. Well-written, well-reasoned, drawing on economics and philosophy and history, this book will capture your interest — whether you agree or disagree. And you’ll learn some economics along the way.
"The Power and the Glory," Graham Greene, 1973
A masterful reflection on the primacy of duty and responsibility, the seductive power of sin, and the promise of redemption — of hope, through the grace of God, that even the weakest among us can bring good into the world and find the strength to do what is right.
"Overdrive: A Personal Documentary," William F. Buckley Jr., 1983
His New York Times obituary reminded that “people of many political stripes came to see his life as something of an art form.” Spend a week as a fly on the wall in the life of William F. Buckley, Jr., one of the greatest Americans.