Laffer curve

[ laf-er ]
/ ˈlæf ər /

noun Economics.

a relationship postulated between tax rates and tax receipts indicating that rates above a certain level actually produce less revenue because they discourage taxable endeavors and vice versa.

Origin of Laffer curve

1975–80; named after Arthur Laffer (born 1940), U.S. economist, who postulated it Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for laffer curve

Laffer curve

/ (ˈlæfə) /


economics a curve on a graph showing government tax revenue plotted against percentage tax rates. It has been used to show that a cut in a high tax rate can increase government revenue

Word Origin for Laffer curve

C20: named after Arthur Laffer (born 1940), US economist
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