Michael R. Strain is deputy director of economic policy studies and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. His research interests include labor economics, applied microeconomics, public finance, and social policy.

Dr. Strain’s research has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals and in the policy journals Tax Notes and National Affairs. He also writes frequently for popular audiences. His essays and op-eds have been published by The New York Times, National Review, The Weekly Standard, The Atlantic, Forbes, Bloomberg View, and a variety of other outlets, and he is a regular contributor for The Washington Post. He is frequently interviewed by major media outlets and speaks often to a variety of audiences.

Before joining the American Enterprise Institute, Dr. Strain worked in the Center for Economic Studies at the US Census Bureau and in the macroeconomics research group at 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. in economics from Cornell.


  • Administrator, New York Census Research Data Center, 2011-2012
  • Economist, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau, 2008-2012
  • Assistant Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 2005-2007


Ph.D., M.A., economics, Cornell University

M.A., New York University

B.A., Marquette University