Determinants of Interest Group Formation

28 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2007

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Dennis Coates

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Jac C. Heckelman

Wake Forest University - Department of Economics

Bonnie Wilson

Saint Louis University - Department of Economics

Abstract

It is widely recognized that interest groups affect both microeconomic and macroeconomic outcomes. However, few researchers have attempted to empirically discern 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.

Keywords: special interest groups, institutional sclerosis

Suggested Citation

Coates, Dennis and Heckelman, Jac C. and Wilson, Bonnie, Determinants of Interest Group Formation. Public Choice, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1002478

Dennis Coates

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Jac C. Heckelman

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Saint Louis University - Department of Economics ( email )

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