Review of International Economics, Forthcoming
27 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2010
Date Written: October 15, 2010
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.
Keywords: FTAs, Antitrust
JEL Classification: F13, L4
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1728830