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The Determinants of US Congressional Voting on the Trade and Development Act of 2000

  • Baban Hasnat

    (Department of Business Administration and Economics, State University of New York College at Brockport, U.S.A.)

  • Charles Callahan, III

    (Department of Business Administration and Economics, State University of New York College at Brockport, U.S.A.)

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    The paper provides an empirical examination of the determinants of support for the Trade and Development Act of 2000 (TDA2000) in the United States Congress. We estimate a logistic regression model and control for both economic and political influences. We find that business political action committee contributions to lawmakers, the percentage of the African-American population in their constituency, the percentage of the Hispanic population in their constituency, and the skill level of the constituents had a significant positive influence on lawmakers voting in favor of TDA2000. Democratic party affiliation, import-competing industries in the constituency, and labor union membership had a significant negative influence on the TDA2000 vote.

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    Article provided by College of Business, and College of Finance, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan in its journal International Journal of Business and Economics.

    Volume (Year): 3 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 1 (April)
    Pages: 35-44

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