Can Lobbyists Prevent Consumer Monopsony? Evidence from the US Telecommunications Sector
54 Pages Posted: 27 May 2004 Last revised: 13 Feb 2018
Date Written: December 14, 2007
Local exchange carriers maintain significantly smaller capital stocks in states that restrict campaign contributions. This relationship is difficult to rationalize as (i) an artifact of endogeneity bias or (ii) evidence that restrictions constrain producers' monopolistic opportunities. Instead, it finds a robust explanation in standard political economy models - i.e., restricting campaign contributions can retard economic performance by facilitating consumers' monopsonistic ambitions, weakening regulatory commitments, and easing the expropriation of real options.
Keywords: Campaign Finance Laws, Regulatory Capture, Credible Commitment, Real Options, Competition Policy, Economic Performance
JEL Classification: D72, E61, H11, K23, L43, L51, L96, M38
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