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Special-Interest Groups and Growth

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  • Bonnie Wilson

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    (Department of Economics, Saint Louis University)

  • Dennis Coates

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    (Department of Economics, University of Maryland Baltimore County)

  • Jac Heckelman

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    (Department of Economics, Wake Forest University)

Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between special-interest groups and economic growth, using newly assembled data on the number of groups observed across countries. In a sample of 86 countries at two points in time (for a total of 169 observations), we ¯nd support for Mancur Olson's theory that interest group activity reduces economic growth. We also ¯nd evidence that interest groups are negatively associated with both channels to growth - capital stock growth and productivity growth.

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Paper provided by Saint Louis University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2007-01.

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Length: 34 pages
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Publication status: Published in Public Choice, 2011, pages 439-457
Handle: RePEc:slu:wpaper:2007-01

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  1. Yamamura, Eiji & Kondoh, Haruo, 2011. "Government transparency and expenditure in the rent-seeking industry: the case of Japan for 1998-2004," MPRA Paper 29689, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. William Pyle & Laura Solanko, 2013. "The composition and interests of Russia’s business lobbies: testing Olson’s hypothesis of the “encompassing organization”," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 155(1), pages 19-41, April.
  3. Neyapti, Bilin, 2013. "Modeling institutional evolution," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 37(1), pages 1-16.
  4. Cole, Ismail M., 2014. "Short- and long-term growth effects of special interest groups in the U.S. states: A dynamic panel error-correction approach," MPRA Paper 54455, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 02 Mar 2014.

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