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Special-interest groups and growth

  • Dennis Coates


  • Jac Heckelman


  • Bonnie Wilson


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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Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

Volume (Year): 147 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 439-457

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Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:147:y:2011:i:3:p:439-457
DOI: 10.1007/s11127-010-9640-7
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