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Special-Interest Groups and Volatility

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  • Bonnie Wilson

    () (Saint Louis University)

  • Jac Heckelman

    () (Wake Forest University)

  • Dennis Coates

    () (University of Maryland Baltimore County)

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This paper explores the relationship between special-interest groups and volatility of GDP growth. In an unbalanced panel of 108 countries, we find a significant negative relationship between the number of interest groups in a country and the volatility of GDP growth.

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  • Bonnie Wilson & Jac Heckelman & Dennis Coates, 2007. "Special-Interest Groups and Volatility," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 15(18), pages 1-13.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-07o00005
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    1. Dennis Coates & Jac Heckelman & Bonnie Wilson, 2011. "Special-interest groups and growth," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 147(3), pages 439-457, June.
    2. Mehmet, Babacan, 2009. "Lobbying and Growth: Explaining Differences among OECD Countries," MPRA Paper 29734, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 30 Nov 2009.

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    JEL classification:

    • O0 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - General
    • D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making

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