Special-Interest Groups and Volatility

13 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

Date Written: July 2007

Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between special-interest groups and volatility of GDP growth. In an unbalanced panel of 108 countries, we find a significant negative relationship between the number of interest groups in a country and the volatility of GDP growth.

Keywords: special interest groups, volatility

JEL Classification: D7, O4

Suggested Citation

Coates, Dennis and Heckelman, Jac C. and Wilson, Bonnie, Special-Interest Groups and Volatility (July 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1002482 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1002482

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