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Arthur B. Laffer

AKA Arthur Betz Laffer, Sr.

Born: 14-Aug-1940
Birthplace: Youngstown, OH

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Economist
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Reagan advisor, Laffer curve

Served for Ronald Reagan on his Economic Policy Advisory Board (1981-89). Laffer is best known for the Laffer Curve, purportedly drawn for Dick Cheney on a napkin. The curve -- not specifically an original idea -- demonstrated tax revenues increasing as tax rates increase, but only up to a point. His idea was to increase revenue by lowering the tax rate.

Wife: (married, six children)

    University: BA, Yale University (1963)
    University: MBA, Stanford University (1965)
    University: PhD, Stanford University (1972)
    Professor: University of Chicago (1974-76)
    Professor: University of Southern California (1976-84)
    Professor: Pepperdine University (1984-87)
    Administrator: Advisor, Yorktown University

    US Official Economic Policy Advisory Board (1981-89)
    US Office of Management and Budget Chief Economist (1970-72)
    Member of the Board of Vivendi
    Member of the Board of PacifiCare
    Member of the Board of Petco (2002-05)
    Member of the Board of U.S. Filter Corporation
    American Legislative Exchange Council Board of Scholars
    Bush-Cheney '04
    Club for Growth
    Fred Thompson PAC
    Free Enterprise Fund Policy Council Co-Chairman
    Grow PAC
    John McCain 2008
    Oquirrh Institute Advisory Board
    Park City Center for Public Policy Board of Directors
    Prosperity PAC
    Reagan-Bush '84 Executive Committee
    Romney for President
    Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee


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