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Journal of Economic Integration 2006 September;21(3) :551-576.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.11130/jei.2006.21.3.551
Microfoundations of Influencing Public Opinion: Lobbying and Voting for Trade Policies
Derek Pyne 
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Copyright ©2006 Journal of Economic Integration
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.

JEL Classifications: D72, D78, F13, F15

Keywords: Trade Policy Formation | Tariffs | Voting | Lobbing
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