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The Dynamics of Lobbying--A Differential Game

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This paper presents a dynamic model on lobbying. The interactions between two competing lobbies, who attempt to influence regulations and legislation, are modeled as a differential game. The author considers for this game first a time-consistent and then a subgame-perfect equilibrium (in linear Markov strategies). The subgame-perfect equilibrium lowers considerably lobbying activity and expenses. This provides a partial explanation of the puzzle that rent-seeking expenses are often small compared with the prize sought. Copyright 1994 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Wirl, Franz, 1994. "The Dynamics of Lobbying--A Differential Game," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 80(3-4), pages 307-323, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:80:y:1994:i:3-4:p:307-23
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