Microfoundations of Influencing Public Opinion: Lobbying and Voting for Trade Policies

Posted: 31 Aug 2014

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Derek Pyne

Thompson Rivers University - School of Business and Economics

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

Public opinion, lobbying and elections have important effects on the formation of trade policy in democracies. This paper attempts to explain how lobbying expenditures can influence the outcome of an election fought over trade policy. Voters are assumed to own both capital and labour. The expenditures of lobby groups act as a signal to voters of the difference in returns to their factor endowments under different political parties.

Keywords: Trade Policy Formation, Tariffs, Voting, Lobbing

JEL Classification: D72, D78, F13, F15

Suggested Citation

Pyne, Derek, Microfoundations of Influencing Public Opinion: Lobbying and Voting for Trade Policies (2006). Journal of Economic Integration, Vol. 21, No. 3, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2481322

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