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Tobacco Politics and Electoral Accountability in the United States

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  • Per G. Fredriksson

    () (Department of Economics, College of Business, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA)

  • Khawaja A. Mamun

    (Department of Economics and Finance, John F. Welch College of Business, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, USA)

Abstract

This article investigates whether reputation-building strategies may guide US governors’ state cigarette tax choices and whether the federal cigarette tax influences such behavior. Using 1975–2000 data, we find evidence indicating that governors are prone to engage in reputation building, in particular in states with relatively important agricultural tobacco production. Moreover, lame ducks are more prone to raise the state cigarette tax the lower the federal tax.

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  • Per G. Fredriksson & Khawaja A. Mamun, 2014. "Tobacco Politics and Electoral Accountability in the United States," Public Finance Review, , vol. 42(1), pages 4-34, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:pubfin:v:42:y:2014:i:1:p:4-34
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    Keywords

    agricultural tobacco; cigarette taxation; lobbying; reputation-building; electoral accountability; term limits; federalism;
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    JEL classification:

    • H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • D78 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Positive Analysis of Policy Formulation and Implementation

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