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Informational Lobbying and Agenda Distortion

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  • Christopher Cotton

    (Department of Economics, University of Miami)

  • Arnaud Dellis

    (Department of Economics, Universite Laval and CIRPEE)

Abstract

This paper challenges the prevailing view in the literature that informational lobbying is socially beneficial. Key to our analysis is the fact that policymakers are constrained on the number of issues they can address, which forces them to prioritize issues. Under reasonable conditions, interest groups advocating less-salient reforms produce information, inducing policymakers to prioritize those reforms instead of more-salient ones. Such distortion of the policy agenda reduces social welfare. Our story is consistent with empirical accounts of the lobbying process.

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Paper provided by University of Miami, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2013-03.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: 15 Sep 2012
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Handle: RePEc:mia:wpaper:2013-03

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Keywords: Informational lobbying; agenda setting; information collection; persuasion;

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