AEI Openers: Michael R. Strain's reading list

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.

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Monday, October 27, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
State income taxes and the Supreme Court: Maryland Comptroller v. Wynne

Please join AEI for a panel discussion exploring these and other questions about this crucial case.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
For richer, for poorer: How family structures economic success in America

Join Lerman, Wilcox, and a group of distinguished scholars and commentators for the release of Lerman and Wilcox’s report, which examines the relationships among and policy implications of marriage, family structure, and economic success in America.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The 7 deadly virtues: 18 conservative writers on why the virtuous life is funny as hell

Please join AEI for a book forum moderated by Last and featuring five of these leading conservative voices. By the time the forum is over, attendees may be on their way to discovering an entirely different — and better — moral universe.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
A nuclear deal with Iran? Weighing the possibilities

Join us, as experts discuss their predictions for whether the United States will strike a nuclear deal with Iran ahead of the November 24 deadline, and the repercussions of the possible outcomes.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
The forgotten depression — 1921: The crash that cured itself

Please join Author James Grant and AEI senior economists for a discussion about Grant's book, "The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself" (Simon & Schuster, 2014).

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