American Enterprise Institute President Arthur C. Brooks to discuss "Markets and the Poor"

January 22, 2016

Contact: Deborah Johnson,

MADISON—On February 9, 2016, the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus will host Arthur C. Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at AEI.

Brooks, a prominent national figure and conservative voice in matters of economic and social policy, will deliver the Institute for Research on Poverty's (IRP's) New Perspectives in Social Policy lecture on "Markets and the Poor" on Tuesday, February 9, in the DeLuca Forum at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

As poverty and inequality have gained renewed traction in public policy discussions, interest in bipartisan antipoverty measures has grown. For example, AEI and the Brookings Institution recently released a bipartisan "consensus plan" for reducing poverty. And, earlier this month, AEI collaborated with the Jack Kemp Foundation, Opportunity Lives, and the Economic Innovation Group to host a presidential forum on poverty and opportunity. The event was moderated by House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. C-SPAN video.

IRP's New Perspectives in Social Policy Seminar this year seeks to continue this important discussion here on campus.

The annual New Perspectives in Social Policy seminar series seeks to reach beyond familiar and well-explored fields of poverty research, to challenge accepted paradigms, and to open paths to new research models and methodologies.

IRP Director Lawrence Berger notes, "We are thrilled to have Brooks as our distinguished speaker this year and to have former IRP Director and Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of Economics and Public Affairs Timothy M. Smeeding respond to Brooks's talk."

Brooks is a prolific author of books and articles on the role of government, fairness, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. He is also a frequent guest on national television and radio talk shows and has been published widely in the popular press, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Smeeding is an internationally recognized scholar whose work on poverty and policy over many decades has been published in numerous books and journals and receives widespread attention in national media.

This event and all IRP seminars are open to the public.


—Deborah Johnson,, (608) 262-7779