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Determinants of Interest Group Formation

  • Bonnie Wilson

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    (Department of Economics, Saint Louis University)

  • Dennis Coates

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    (Department of Economics, University of Maryland Baltimore County)

  • Jac Heckelman

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    (Department of Economics, Wake Forest University)

It is widely recognized that interest groups affect both microeconomic and macroeconomic outcomes. However, few researchers have attempted to discern empirically the factors that contribute to interest group activity. This paper provides a test of several theories of group formation in a panel setting. A nation’s stability, socioeconomic development, political system, size, and diversity all appear to contribute to interest group formation, as predicted by theory.

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Paper provided by Saint Louis University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2007-03.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2007
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Publication status: Published in Public Choice, December 2007, pages 377-391
Handle: RePEc:slu:wpaper:2007-03
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  1. William F. Shughart II & Robert D. Tollison & Zhipeng Yan, 2003. "Rent Seeking into the Income Distribution," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 56(4), pages 441-456, November.
  2. Jac C. Heckelman, 2007. "Explaining the Rain: The Rise and Decline of Nations after 25 Years," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 74(1), pages 18-33, July.
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