If you tax rich people and give the money to poor people, you're gonna get more poor people and less rich people.
But should we really be cutting services to the poor while we cut taxes for the rich? Has the spread of ‘Reaganomics’ really helped the world’s poor?
In this episode of Head to Head, Mehdi Hasan challenges Arthur Laffer on whether free market economics still makes sense in the wake of the financial crisis, and on his famous ‘Laffer Curve,’ through which he advocates cutting taxes on high earners.
Arthur Laffer has been described as “the father of supply-side economics”.
Joining the discussion are Ann Pettifor, Director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME), Faiza Shaheen, Head of Inequality at Save the Children UK, and Adam Memon, Head of Economic Research at the Centre for Policy Studies.
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