World-renowned economist Arthur Laffer to speak at IU Southeast

1st February 2011

NEW ALBANY, IN, (Feb. 1, 2011) – The “Father of Supply Side Economics” will share his business sense with Indiana University Southeast during the second annual Sanders Speaker Series.

Arthur B. Laffer will be the keynote speaker at 6 p.m., Feb. 22, at the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center at IU Southeast.  

Laffer is a world-renowned economist and the founder and chairman of Laffer Associates and Laffer Investments. He was deemed the “The Father of Supply-Side Economics” for his work contributing to a world-wide tax-cutting movement in the 1980s.

Laffer now sits on the board of several public and private companies. He was a member of President Ronald Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board and also advised British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on fiscal policy in the United Kingdom in the 1980s.

He is lauded for his many economic achievements, most notably the invention of the Laffer Curve, a representation of the relationship between tax rates and tax revenue collected by the government. His invention of the Laffer Curve garnered his inclusion in a Time Magazine cover story, “The Century’s Greatest Minds”.

Laffer received his B.A. in economics from Yale University and his MBA and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. He has received numerous honors including two Graham and Dodd Awards from the Financial Analyst Federation, the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Investment Clubs, the Adam Smith Award for his contributions to the Wealth of Nations, and the Daniel Webster Award for public speaking from the International Platform Association.

“I’m honored to be invited to participate in the Sanders Speaker Series,” Laffer said. “Given the state of the economic and political outlook, the series is extremely timely and I’m thrilled to be able to provide some insight into national and international financial affairs.”

The Sanders Speaker Series is named after Judge Carlton and Sue Sanders, whose generous donation established the Sanders Speaker Series Endowment in 2008.

The couple’s goal for the series is to bring high-profile speakers to the University, at least annually, to speak to the community about vital, national issues such as the economy and healthcare.

Admission is complimentary for the Feb. 22 event, but seating is limited and tickets are required. To reserve tickets, please call the Ogle Center Box Office at (812) 941-2525.

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