How did the 2003 Prescription Drug Re-importation Bill Pass the House?
AbstractThis paper examines the major interest groups in the debate over allowing the wholesale re-importation of prescription drugs through the Pharmaceutical Market Access Act. By making use of the logit model, we see the effects that each of these groups has had on the voting behavior of the 108 th Congress on the bill. We find evidence suggesting that Representatives are maximizing their electoral prospects: Contributions from pharmaceutical manufacturers and HMOs significantly influence the probability of voting for the Bill. Similarly, Representatives are sensitive to their constituencyís interest: employment in pharmaceutical manufacturing and the presence of senior citizens are also taken into account. However, the decision was by and large a partisan one: Party affiliation was the most important factor in passing the Bill.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Duke University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 05-01.
Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 2005
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Voting behavior; Health; Trade Policy;
Other versions of this item:
- Omer Gokcekus & Mike Adams & Henry Grabowski & Edward Tower, 2006. "How Did The 2003 Prescription Drug Re-Importation Bill Pass The House?," Economics and Politics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 18(1), pages 27-45, 03.
- D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
- I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
- F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
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- NEP-ALL-2005-02-01 (All new papers)
- NEP-HEA-2005-02-01 (Health Economics)
- NEP-POL-2005-02-01 (Positive Political Economics)
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- 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.
- 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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