POPCONVERSATION WITH DR. ARTHUR LAFFER

11TH JUNE 2024 : 7PM : ONLINE WITH DR. ARTHUR B. LAFFER 

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Join PopCon Director, Mark Littlewood and his good friend, the incredible Dr. Arthur B. Laffer for what promises to be a hugely entertaining and illuminating conversation.

 

If you have ever heard a politician, economist or expert refer to the "Laffer curve" - this the man after whom it was named. Watch this 3-minute video by the man himself explaining the Laffer curve. 

 

 

[The Laffer curve: In 1974 Arthur Laffer, an economist, sketched a simple diagram on the back of a napkin to illustrate a truism of tax policy. Set income-tax rates to zero and governments will not collect any revenue. Set them to 100%, and they will also collect nothing because people will have little incentive to work. Somewhere in between lies a sweet spot where government revenues are maximised. From this simple proof, it follows that when tax rates are very high, it might be possible both to lower tax rates and raise revenues. Tax cuts might thus pay for themselves, and more. Mr Laffer’s scribbling caught on. Some 45 years later some 15,000 journal articles mention the “Laffer curve” in their title. Read more here [£££]] 

Dr. Laffer's economic acumen and influence in triggering a world-wide tax-cutting movement in the 1980s have earned him the distinction in many publications as "The Father of Supply-Side Economics."   And a very strong case can be made that he has been the most influential economist in the world in recent decades.

 

This is a man who influenced the economic thinking of great leaders including Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher and more recently was awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom for his tax cutting crusades over the decades by President Trump.  

 

He is also the author of a number of books, including The End of Prosperity: How Higher Taxes Will Doom the Economy; Return to Prosperity: How America Can Regain Its Economic Superpower Status and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States, and its sequel Wealth of States: More Ways to Enhance Freedom, Opportunity and Growth.

 

Arch-communicator, Dr. Laffer, has an amazing ability to make complex matters easy to understand, so no need to come armed with an economics degree. Do come along with plenty of questions and enjoy this hugely rare opportunity to have a conversation with one of the greatest economic thinkers of our time.