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Trade Policy and Antitrust: Do Consumers Matter to Legislators?


Robert M. Feinberg


American University - Department of Economics

Thomas A. Husted


American University - Department of Economics

Kara M. Reynolds


American University - Department of Economics

October 15, 2010

Review of International Economics, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
We provide one of the first efforts to measure the importance of consumer preferences in legislators’ trade policy decisions by estimating the degree to which the level of antitrust enforcement in the legislator’s state impacts his or her vote on free trade agreements. To the extent that antitrust and trade liberalization are both viewed as pro-consumer in nature, we would expect to see a positive relationship between antitrust enforcement in their legislative district and Congressional votes in support of trade liberalization. We find evidence suggesting that consumer preferences do play a role in legislative decisions on trade policy.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 27

Keywords: FTAs, Antitrust

JEL Classification: F13, L4

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Date posted: December 20, 2010  

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Feinberg, Robert M. and Husted, Thomas A. and Reynolds, Kara M., Trade Policy and Antitrust: Do Consumers Matter to Legislators? (October 15, 2010). Review of International Economics, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1728830

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Robert M. Feinberg (Contact Author)
American University - Department of Economics ( email )
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Thomas A. Husted
American University - Department of Economics ( email )
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20016-8029
United States
Kara M. Reynolds
American University - Department of Economics ( email )
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20016-8029
United States
202-885-3768 (Phone)
202-885-3790 (Fax)
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