Former Reagan adviser to give talk through S.O.L.O. program

Arthur Laffer, famous American economist and former economic adviser for President Ronald Reagan, will speak at Derryberry Hall Auditorium Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear Laffer speak about economics and the macroeconomy. There will also be a question and answer session after the lecture.

Laffer is the founder and CEO of The Laffer Associates, an economic research and consulting firm based in Nashville. He is known as “The Father of Supply-Side Economics,” and is best known for his model, The Laffer Curve, his “claim to fame.” He is well known throughout prominent economic and political circles and is a strong advocate for supply-side economics and cutting taxes for businesses.

“He’s a bit controversial,” said Mark Melichar, associate professor of economics at Tech. “Some people love him and subscribe to his teachings and philosophies, and others disagree with him pretty strongly.”

Laffer attended Yale, where he got his bachelor’s in Economics, and Stanford, where he got his MBA and Ph.D. in Economics. He specializes in taxes and tax policies, and how they affect businesses and economic growth. He has won many awards and recognitions as well as being the author and co-author of numerous books.

Recently, Laffer has been in high demand by GOP candidates as they look for advice about tax policies, according to The Washington Post. Candidates that have met with him include Rick Perry, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz.

The event is sponsored by the Tennessee Tech Student Government Association and its S.O.L.O. fund. This event is open to all students, as well as members of the community.