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The Dynamics of Firm Lobbying

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  • William R. Kerr

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  • William F. Lincoln

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  • Prachi Mishra

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How is economic policy made? In this paper we study a key determinant of the answer to the question: lobbying by fi rms. Estimating a binary choice model of firm behavior, we fi nd signifi cant evidence for the idea that barriers to entry induce persistence in lobbying. The existence of these costs is further confi rmed in studying how fi rms responded to a particular policy change: the expiration of legislation relating to the H-1B visa. Due to its in‡fluence on fi rm behavior, we argue that this persistence fundamentally changes the environment in which legislation is made.

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  1. Lange, Ian & Polborn, Sarah, 2012. "Can lobbying encourage abatement? Designing a new policy instrument," Stirling Economics Discussion Papers 2012-03, University of Stirling, Division of Economics.
  2. Sari Pekkala Kerr & William R. Kerr & William F. Lincoln, 2013. "Skilled Immigration and the Employment Structures of U.S. Firms," Harvard Business School Working Papers 14-040, Harvard Business School.
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  4. Kammerer, Hannes, 2013. "Lobbying for Subsidies with Heterogeneous Firms," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 79767, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
  5. Jennifer Abel-Koch, 2013. "Endogenous Trade Policy with Heterogeneous Firms," Working Papers 1306, Gutenberg School of Management and Economics, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, revised 01 Aug 2013.

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