Lobbying in Europe: New Firm-Level Evidence
28 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2017
Date Written: June 9, 2017
Lobbying can provide policy makers with important sector-specific information and thereby facilitating informed decisions. If going far beyond this, in particular if successfully influencing policy makers to unnecessarily tighten regulation or not opening already excessively regulated markets, it could potentially reduce overall economic welfare. We create a unique firm-level database on EU lobby activity and firm characteristics. We tend to find that firms in more protected sector, e.g. firms from non-tradable or higher regulated sectors tend to spend more for lobby activities. Also such firms tend to have higher profit margins and lower productivity, as often the case in sheltered sectors.
Keywords: lobbying, regulation, political economy
JEL Classification: D72, D78, O38
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