Since 1970, the number of people around the world living in severe poverty has declined by eighty per cent, due in large part to the role of free markets and free enterprise.
This was one of countless thought-provoking arguments advanced by Arthur Brooks during a whirlwind tour of London this week. The outgoing president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and bestselling author has become one of the world's foremost advocates for free markets for their role as one of the most effective pathways from poverty.
Want to know more? You can find out about Arthur and his work here, watch his 2016 TED talk here or read his regular column in the New York Times here.
About Arthur Brooks
Arthur Brooks is a bestselling author, a social scientist, and the president of the American Enterprise Institute. Arthur works with top scholars, policymakers, and elected officials to fight for for all Americans’ access to free enterprise and earned success.
Arthur’s path to Washington, DC, has been anything but typical. At 19, he left college to play the French horn professionally. He toured internationally and recorded several albums, eventually landing in the City Orchestra of Barcelona.
In his late 20s, Arthur returned to the US and completed his bachelor’s degree by correspondence. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in public policy, focusing on microeconomics and mathematical modeling. After completing his doctorate, he spent 10 years as a professor of public administration.
Arthur is an in-demand speaker, a New York Times opinion writer, and a frequent radio and TV commentator. A Seattle native, he has been married for 23 years to his wife, Ester. They live in Maryland with their three children.
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