Michael R. Strain's academic research fits broadly within labor economics and applied microeconomics. 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. As an economist with the Census Bureau's Center for Economic Studies, Strain was part of the research staff of the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Program.
With his pen he will sign executive orders, including one that requires all workers on new federal government contracts to be paid at least $10.10 per hour — a nearly 40 percent increase above the current federal minimum wage, and a bad idea.
For October's report, we also spoke with the American Enterprise Institute's Michael Strain. As Congress debates the extension of unemployment benefits, Strain has been one of the conservatives voices urging them to renew benefits.