Protection for Free? the Political Economy of U.S. Tariff suspensions

Author/Editor:

Anna Maria Mayda ; Prachi Mishra ; Rodney D. Ludema

Publication Date:

September 1, 2010

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper studies the political influence of individual firms on Congressional decisions to suspend tariffs on U.S. imports of intermediate goods. We develop a model in which firms influence the government by transmitting information about the value of protection, via costless messages (cheap-talk) and costly messages (lobbying). We estimate our model using firm-level data on tariff suspension bills and lobbying expenditures from 1999-2006, and find that indeed verbal opposition by import-competing firms, with no lobbying, significantly reduces the probability of a suspension being granted. In addition, lobbying expenditures by proponent and opponent firms sway this probability in opposite directions.

Series:

Working Paper No. 10/211

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 2010

ISBN/ISSN:

9781455205424/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2010211

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

48

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