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Arthur C. Brooks
American Enterprise Institute

Arthur C. Brooks is Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and Whitman School of Management. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Brooks earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from the Rand Graduate School in 1998, and also holds an M.A. and B.A. in economics.

Dr. Brooks has published approximately 100 articles and books on the connections between culture, politics, and economic life in America. He speaks frequently in the United States, Europe, and Asia; is a contributing editor to Reader’s Digest; and is a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal and other publications.

His new book on happiness in America is Gross National Happiness: Why Happiness Matters for America—and How We Can Get More of It (Basic Books, 2008). In 2006, he published Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism (Basic Books, 2006), on American charitable giving, which The Wall Street Journal called a “lucidly written, carefully distilled and persuasively cogent work; a tidy time-bomb of a book,” and on which Brooks briefed President George W. Bush and the First Lady in February 2007. He also published the textbook Social Entrepreneurship (Prentice-Hall, 2008). Currently, he is working on a book called The Virtue of Vice: Why Bad Things Are Good for Us, set for release at the end of 2009.

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