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Revolving Door Lobbyists

  • Jordi Blanes i Vidal
  • Mirko Draca
  • Christian Fons-Rosen

Washington's 'revolving door' - the movement from government service into the lobbying industry- is regarded as a major concern for policy-making. We study how ex-government staffers benefit from the personal connections acquired during their public service. Lobbyists with experience in the office of a US Senator suffer a 24% drop in generated revenue when that Senator leaves office. The effect is immediate, discontinuous around the exit period and long-lasting. Consistent with the notion that lobbyists sell access to powerful politicians, the drop in revenue is increasing in the seniority of and committee assignments power held by the exiting politician.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Performance, LSE in its series CEP Discussion Papers with number dp0993.

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Date of creation: Aug 2010
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Handle: RePEc:cep:cepdps:dp0993
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  1. John M. de Figueiredo & Brian S. Silverman, 2002. "Academic Earmarks and the Returns to Lobbying," NBER Working Papers 9064, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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