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They Aren't Laughing at Laffer Anymore

Minneapolis, MN (06/18/10) - The Humphrey Institute's Center for the Study of Politics and Governance will host Kevin Hasset to talk about the Laffer curve at the Humphrey Center from 12 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 22.

Hasset will discuss the Laffer curve, the theory that cutting taxes would stimulate economic growth and increase tax revenues. The topic has been passionately debated since it was popularized during the Reagan presidency. A closer look at federal fiscal policy and economic growth provides a surprising amount of empirical support for the existence of a Laffer curve.

Hasset is a senior fellow and director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). His research areas include the U.S. economy, tax policy, investments, and the stock market. Before joining AEI, he was a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and an associate professor of economics and finance at the Graduate School of Business of Columbia University, as well as a policy consultant to the Treasury Department during the George H. W. Bush and Clinton Administrations.

The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance (CSPG) develops practical, independent, and nonpartisan solutions to pressing political and policy challenges. Founded in 2005, CSPG fosters effective and efficient governance, increases the transparency of government processes, and rebuilds the public trust in order to counteract negative influences that threaten our democracy.

The Humphrey Institute ranks among the top professional schools of public affairs at public universities in the country. The Institute is widely recognized for its role in examining public issues and shaping policy and planning at the local, state, national, and international levels, as well as for providing leadership and management expertise to public and nonprofit organizations. The Institute offers four graduate degrees, plus a
Master in Development Practice degree in international development that will welcome its first cohort in August
2010.
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