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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States: How Taxes, Energy, and Worker Freedom Change Everything [Kindle Edition]

Arthur B. Laffer , Stephen Moore , Rex A. Sinquefield , Travis H. Brown
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A passionate, detailed, quantified argument for state-level tax reform

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States explains why eliminating or lowering tax burdens at the state level leads to economic growth and wealth creation. A passionate argument for tax reform, the book shows that even states with small populations can benefit enormously with the right policies. The authors’ detailed exposition evaluates the impact state and local government policies have on a state’s relative performance and economic growth overall, backed up with economic data and analysis.

Facts don’t lie. But they do point clearly to the failure of so-called progressive tax schemes designed more to curry favor with selected constituencies than to create an economic system that leads to individual wealth as the reward for hard work and entrepreneurial risk taking. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States is a detailed and critical look at income taxation across the nation, and drills down into an analysis of the economic growth or malaise that results from tax policy. Arguing eloquently that a state cannot tax itself into prosperity, just as the impoverished cannot spend themselves into wealth, the authors point out what many inherently know but often fear to say out loud. The book provides detailed quantitative analysis, and discusses the policy variables that can have enormous effects on the financial well-being of states and individual residents, such as:

  • Personal and corporate income tax rates
  • Total tax burden as a percentage of personal income
  • Estate and inheritance taxes
  • Right-to-work laws

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States shows everyone how to evaluate state-level fiscal and economic policies to become more competitive.



Product Details

  • File Size: 21582 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 31, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JJ1R6VC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,937 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Inquiry into State Taxes April 26, 2014
Format:Hardcover
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States is definitely a book aimed at policy wonks. But it isn't as dry as the title and description suggest -- nod to Adam Smith and all. The authors are good writers who know how to get an idea across. They make a solid argument for tax reform at a state and local level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive case for lowering state taxes April 21, 2014
By Rebecca
Format:Hardcover
Art Laffer has written the most comprehensive book on state economics I have ever read. He compares the economies of states who have raised taxes with those who haven't and reveals with clear evidence that states with lower tax rates have experienced higher growth rates than those who have taxed away the earnings of their residents. Unfortunately, I live in the worst of those states -- California.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining! May 7, 2014
Format:Hardcover
A compelling argument against high taxes and the policies of liberal states backed by empirical evidence. As always, Laffer is entertaining and lays out a brilliant case. Thinking of going Galt and disappearing from a state with high taxes? Read this book. Highly recommend!
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A staggering compendium of facts to support the case for low taxes, and to refute critics of the Laffer approach.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book April 23, 2014
Format:Hardcover
I have been looking forward to the release of this book for a while. This thorough analysis of state tax rates and their impact on prosperity will help me make future decisions for my small business.
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