Michael R. Strain is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies labor economics, public finance, and applied microeconomics. His research has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals and in the policy journals Tax Notes and National Affairs. Dr. Strain also writes frequently for popular audiences on topics including labor market policy, jobs, minimum wages, federal tax and budget policy, and the Affordable Care Act, among others. His essays and op-eds have been published by National Review, The Weekly Standard, The Atlantic, Forbes, Bloomberg View, and a variety of other outlets. He is frequently interviewed by major media outlets, and speaks often on college campuses. Before joining AEI he worked on the research team of the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics program and was the manager of the New York Census Research Data Center, both at the U.S. Census Bureau. Dr. Strain began his career in the macroeconomics research group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He is a graduate of Marquette University, and holds an M.A. from New York University and a Ph.D. from Cornell.
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.