An Inquiry Into The Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States, the new book by Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore, Rex A. Sinquefield and Travis H. Brown, has made the New York Times list of best-selling hardcover non-fiction books for the week of May 4, 2014. 

Taking a detailed and critical look at income taxation across the nation and applying quantitative analysis, the book explains why eliminating or lowering tax burdens at the state level leads to economic growth and wealth creation.


Published by John Wiley and Sons, An Inquiry Into The Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States entered the Times’ best-seller list at number 19. The Kindle version of the book also is currently the number two seller in the Times list’s Public Finance section and number nine in the Taxation section, while the hardback edition is ranked number six in Public Finance and number 15 in Taxation.

In related news, the book also is ranked number eight on the Denver Post’s list of non-fiction best sellers in Denver for the week of April 27 and #79 on USA Todays Best Selling Books list. 

An Inquiry Into The Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States is on sale now online and at bookstores in both e-book and hardcover formats for $29.95.

What they’re saying about An Inquiry Into The Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States

 George Shultz: “This is a book full of evidence, compelling in the way it reveals differences among states and clear consequences.  Read, learn, and weep in some constituencies or give three cheers in others.”


Steve Forbes: “Wow!  This compelling, comprehensive book will be the bible for state and local leaders who truly want rapid economic growth.  It will profoundly, positively change politics and economics in America.”


Phil Gramm: “Arthur Laffer is justly known as the father of Supply Side Economics whose pro-growth tax cuts combined with Reagan’s policies of limited government, free enterprise and strong defense ushered in a twenty five year economic renaissance.  He is not as well known for his work on the States, but this book will change that.  With Stephen Moore, Rex Sinquefield and Travis Brown, Laffer uses the marvelous laboratory of the fifty States—set in the environment of free trade, population mobility and a common underlying federal structure—to demonstrate conclusively that economic policy matters.  Where taxes are low, private property rights are strong and free enterprise prevails, prosperity grows.  High taxes, big government and special interest domination may work politically to win elections, but they fail to bring home the bacon. Prosperity is not an accident or a fate, it is a choice—a freedom choice.”


Dick Cheney: “Left wing, right wing, liberal, conservative, Democrat or Republican, Arthur Laffer’s book, The Wealth of States has the facts and the framework for policymakers and citizens alike. Tapping decades of research and experience in state economics, Laffer, Moore, Sinquefield and Brown communicate clearly the guiding principles to elevate their states—and thus the nation as a whole—to levels of prosperity never before seen.  State and local legislators should base their economic policies on this book—it’s a game changer.”


Jack Welch: “Arthur Laffer’s latest book on the states makes it clear that running a state is a lot like running a business.  The goals are the same:  making our businesses and states more prosperous, competitive, and attractive to investors and citizens.  With important lessons identified, The Wealth of States will make its mark.”