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Arthur currently writes the “How to Build a Life” column for The Atlantic. As a former contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and columnist for The Washington Post, Arthur has written dozens of major op-eds and articles uniquely combining social science, public policy, and culture.

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The Atlantic

Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think

“It’s not true that no one needs you anymore.” These words came from an elderly woman sitting behind me on a late-night flight from Los Angeles to…

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Harvard Business Review

AEI’s President on Measuring the Impact of Ideas

In the summer of 2008 I was happily working as a professor at Syracuse University when I received an unexpected phone call. For the previous…

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The New York Times

The Dalai Lama and Arthur Brooks: Behind our anxiety, the fear of being unneeded.

In many ways, there has never been a better time to be alive. Violence plagues some corners of the world, and too many still live…

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