Arduin, Laffer & Moore has been criticized by economists for what some see as less than rigorous methods. One Oklahoma study on eliminating the state’s personal income tax produced by the firm was trashed as not “meeting professional standards” and including “biased and greatly exaggerated estimates” by University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University economists.
“They make this argument in ways not supported by academic (standards) and using methods that aren’t remotely rigorous,” said Carl Davis, a senior analyst with the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.
“It’s hard to view those studies as anything other than a tool for creating talking points to achieve an ideological outcome they wanted before they started the study,” Davis said. Read more