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Seeking Lobbying Rents

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  • Besharov, Gregory

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Combining rent-seeking and menu auction models allows the study of efficiency in a political economy where lobbying creates rents that politicians expend resources to obtain. Policy choices, lobbying, and rent-seeking are determined endogenously. When all interests lobby, equilibrium local public good provision and rents do not depend on who achieves office. Having only a fixed cost of rent-seeking replicates citizen candidate results. Generalizing the model, so additional expenditures have effect, reduces entrants and rent-seeking costs. Even when entry would suggest full rent dissipation, the small number of entrants to political contests gives rise to less.

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  • Besharov, Gregory, 2002. "Seeking Lobbying Rents," Working Papers 02-34, Duke University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:duk:dukeec:02-34
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    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior

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