Gross National Happiness

Gross National Happiness

Arthur Brooks

12.14.2009

Arthur Brooks

Arthur C. Brooks is an expert on public policy and economics who has published extensively on social entrepreneurship and the connections between culture, politics and economic life. Brooks is the president of American Enterprise Institute, a not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare. A behavioral economist by training, he has written three books on the social value and economic impact of nonprofits and charitable giving. He is the author of a major study of association membership titled Generations and the Future of Association Participation, an optimistic and valuable look at what young people want from their involvement in associations. His most recent books include The Battle: How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future (Basic Books, May 2010), Gross National Happiness (Basic Books, 2008), Social Entrepreneurship (Prentice-Hall, 2008), and Who Really Cares (Basic Books, 2006).

Previously, he was the 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 and Research Director of the William E. Smith Institute for Association Research. Brooks earned his PhD in Public Policy Analysis from the Rand Graduate School and holds an MA and BA in economics.

American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks discusses his new book, "Gross National Happiness: Why Happiness Matters for America and How We Can Get More of It." Based on an array of hard data, the book offers some unconventional wisdom about happiness in America, both among individuals and as a nation.
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 writes and speaks widely on the connections among culture, politics and economic life, and his work appears frequently in the Wall Street Journal and other publications.