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How Did The 2003 Prescription Drug Re-Importation Bill Pass The House?

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  • OMER GOKCEKUS
  • MIKE ADAMS
  • HENRY GRABOWSKI
  • EDWARD TOWER

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We examine the major interest groups in the debate over allowing the re-importation of prescription drugs by utilizing a logit model and instrumental variables. Consistent with political support approach, the evidence suggests that Representatives are maximizing their electoral prospects: contributions from pharmaceutical manufacturers shrink the probability of voting for the bill; and Representatives are sensitive to their constituencies - employees of pharmaceutical manufacturing and senior citizens. Representatives' gender and ideology regarding free trade and subsidies are also determining factors. However, the decision was, by and large, a partisan one: party affiliation was the most important factor in passing the bill. Copyright 2006 Blackwell Publishing Ltd..

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Economics & Politics.

Volume (Year): 18 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (03)
Pages: 27-45

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecopol:v:18:y:2006:i:1:p:27-45

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  1. Boring, Anne, 2010. "Political Contributions to Influence Consumers: the Example of the U.S. Drug Reimportation Debate," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/4296, Paris Dauphine University.
  2. Anne Boring, 2010. "Political contributions to influence consumers: the example of the u.s. drug reimportation debate," Working Papers DT/2010/03, DIAL (Développement, Institutions et Mondialisation).

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