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Foreign Lobbies and U.S. Trade Policy

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  • Kishore Gawande

    (Texas A&M University)

  • Pravin Krishna

    (Johns Hopkins University and NBER)

  • Michael J. Robbins

    (Bingham McCutchen LLP)

Abstract

In popular discussion, much has been made of the susceptibility of government policies to lobbying by foreigners-the general presumption being that this is harmful to the home economy. However, in a trade policy context this may not be the case. If the policy outcome absent any foreign lobbying is characterized by welfare-reducing trade barriers, foreign lobbying may reduce such barriers and possibly raise welfare. Using a new data set on foreign political activity in the United States, this paper investigates this question empirically. Tariffs and nontariff barriers are both found to be negatively related with foreign lobbying activity. Copyright by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Volume (Year): 88 (2006)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
Pages: 563-571

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