Interest Groups and the 'Rise and Decline' of Growth
35 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2008 Last revised: 3 Jun 2015
Date Written: October 2014
Interest groups are known to exert a sclerotic impact on mean growth, `a la Mancur Olson (1982). It is unknown, however, what (if any) impact groups exert on the volatility of growth - an important hindrance to development. In this paper, we first consider what impact we should expect Olson groups to have on the volatility of growth. We then estimate the relation between groups and growth volatility in a cross-country panel, using System GMM. The findings indicate that groups are associated with growth stability. In addition, the findings suggest that interest groups may be a source of the stability observed in democracies.
Keywords: special-interest groups, volatility, democracy
JEL Classification: P16, O43, D7
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