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Microfoundations of Influencing Public Opinion Lobbying and Voting for Trade Policies

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  • Derek Pyne

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    This paper attempts to explain how lobbying expenditures can influence the outcome of an election fought over trade policy. Voters are assumed to own both capital and labour. The expenditures of lobby groups act as a signal to voters of the difference in returns to their factor endowments under different political parties.

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    Paper provided by York University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1997_03.

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    Length: 31 pages
    Date of creation: Jul 1997
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    Handle: RePEc:yca:wpaper:1997_03

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