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Pampered Bureaucracy and Trade Liberalization

  • Caleb Stroup


    (Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University)

  • Ben Zissimos


    (Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University)

This paper shows how a nation's elite maintain ownership of their wealth by creating a `pampered bureaucracy.' The elite thus divert part of an otherwise entrepreneurial middle class from more productive manufacturing activities, reducing economic efficiency. Trade liberalization is potentially destabilizing since it lowers the opportunity cost to the lower classes of challenging the elite for their wealth. If trade liberalization does take place, it may mandate expansion of the pampered bureaucracy. Therefore, trade liberalization may actually reduce economic efficiency. The econometric results support our model and contribute to the literature on trade liberalization and the size of government.

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Paper provided by Vanderbilt University Department of Economics in its series Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers with number 1004.

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Date of creation: Apr 2010
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Handle: RePEc:van:wpaper:1004
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