About the Authors
Arthur B. Laffer, Ph.D. is the founder and chairman of Laffer Associates, an economic research and consulting firm. Dr. Laffer is best known for the Laffer Curve, a diagrammatic representation of the relationship between tax rates and tax revenues. His work has been credited with triggering a worldwide tax-cutting movement in the 1980s, earning him the distinction in many publications as “The Father of Supply-Side Economics.” One of his earliest successes in shaping public policy was his involvement in Proposition 13, the groundbreaking California initiative that drastically cut property taxes in the state in 1978. A member of President Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board for both of Reagan’s terms, Dr. Laffer also served as the first Chief Economist of the OMB under George Shultz and advised Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on fiscal policy in the U.K. during the 1980s. He has been a faculty member at the University of Chicago, University of Southern California and Pepperdine University. Dr. Laffer received a B.A. in economics from Yale University and received an MBA and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.
Stephen Moore is Chief Economist at the Heritage Foundation. He served as a member of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board from 2005 to 2014. Moore was also the founder and president of The Club for Growth and has authored a number of books including Return to Prosperity. He has also served as a senior economist on the Congressional Joint Economic Committee and as a senior economics fellow at the Cato Institute, where he published dozens of studies on federal and state tax and budget policy. Moore graduated from the University of Illinois and holds a masters degree in economics from George Mason University.
Rex Sinquefield, often referred to as one of the world’s leading financial gurus, now spends most of his time and resources dedicated to philanthropic causes. Raised in Saint Vincent Orphanage in Saint Louis, Sinquefield earned a business degree from Saint Louis University and an MBA from the University of Chicago, studying under Eugene Fama, the father of efficient markets. He went on to develop some of the nation’s first index funds, and, along with associate David Booth, formed Dimensional Fund Advisors in 1981, which today oversees more than $350 billion in global assets. After retiring in 2005, Sinquefield returned to his much loved State of Missouri, where he co-founded and serves as president of the not-for-profit organization the Show-Me Institute, the state’s only free-market think tank. The Sinquefields also have become some of Missouri’s most important philanthropists and founded the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, relocated to Saint Louis the World Chess Hall of Fame, and fund the Mizzou New Music Initiative.
Travis H. Brown is the author of How Money Walks and a regular contributor to Fox and Friends as well as Forbes.com, and has appeared on various radio and television broadcasts such as Bloomberg News, Fox Business Network, CNBC, Newsmax.com, NPR, and CSPAN. Publications including US News and World Report, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and the Dallas Morning News have cited Brown’s work when reporting on taxes and the economy. An issue-advocate who has worked across 35 states throughout the past 20 years, Brown frequently advises governors, state think tanks, and national civic organizations with his data-driven strategies. His company, Pelopidas, LLC, is based in both St. Louis, MO, and Naples, FL. Brown holds undergraduate degrees in both agricultural economics and political science from University of Missouri-Columbia and an MBA from Washington University in Saint Louis. Dedicated to giving back to his community, Brown sits on the board of directors for Wings of Hope and the Saint Louis Science Center.