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Tobacco Politics and Electoral Accountability in the United States

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  • Fredriksson, Per

    (University of Louisville)

  • Mamun, Khawaja

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    (John F. Welch College of Business, Sacred Heart University)

This paper investigates whether reputation-building strategies guide U.S. governors’ state cigarette tax choices, and whether the federal cigarette tax influences such behavior. Using 1975-2000 data, we find evidence that governors in states with relatively important agricultural tobacco production and tobacco manufacturing, and which are densely populated by smokers, appear prone to reputation-building. Moreover, lame ducks are more prone to raise the state cigarette tax the lower the federal tax.

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Paper provided by Sacred Heart University, John F. Welch College of Business in its series Working Papers with number 2009003.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2009
Handle: RePEc:she:wpaper:2009003
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