[gov3009-l] John de Figueiredo: Wed@noon, Applied Stats Wkshop

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Tue, 27 Apr 2004 12:19:21 -0400

Research Workshop in Applied Statistics
Join us this Wednesday (tomorrow, April 28) at noon,
at CBRSS, the Center for Basic Research in the Social Sciences,
34 Kirkland Street, Room 22, for

"The Timing, Intensity, and Composition of Interest Group Lobbying:
An Analysis of Structural Policy Windows in the States"

Our speaker will be John de Figueiredo of MIT's Sloan School of Management.

This is the first paper to statistically examine the timing of interest group
lobbying. It introduces a theoretical framework based on recurring “structural
policy windows” and argues that these types of windows should have a large
effect on the intensity and timing of interest group activity. Using a new
database of all lobbying expenditures in the U.S. states ranging up to 25 
years, the paper conducts a number of statistical panel analyses using fixed 
effects.  The results show interest group lobbying increases substantially 
during one of these recurring structural windows in particular--the budget 
process. Spikes in lobbying during budgeting are driven primarily by business 
groups. Moreover, even groups relatively unaffected by budgets lobby more 
intensely during legislative budgeting, consistent with the theory that these 
interests are attempting to have legislators attach (de)regulatory riders to 
the budget bills. Other characteristics of the legislatures, such as rules 
regarding disclosure laws, term limits, and electoral factors show little 
statistical impact on lobbying by interest groups. Overall, the paper argues 
that these structural policy windows largely determine lobbying expenditures 
on the margin.

As always, lunch will be provided.

Contact information, the current schedule, and previous presentations may be
found at the course web site: http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/~gov3009/


The Research Workshop in Applied Statistics is a forum for graduate
students, faculty, and visiting scholars to present and discuss work
in progress and exchange ideas.  It is intended as a tour of Harvard's
statistical innovations and applications with weekly stops in
different disciplines such as economics, epidemiology, medicine,
political science, psychology, public policy, public health, sociology
and statistics.  The topics of papers presented in previous years
included missing data, survey analysis, Bayesian simulation, sample
selection, and models for election and portfolio choice. Faculty and
student participants in the workshop present their current projects,
and guest speakers also give occasional presentations. The workshop
provides an excellent opportunity for informal interaction between
graduate students and faculty from a variety of disciplines. Course
credit is available for students as either an upper-level Government
or Sociology class. Lunch is provided.

If you are interested, note that all events are held at noon, in Room 22,
Center for Basic Research in Social Sciences (CBRSS, 34 Kirkland St., this is
the yellow building across the street from William James Hall).
Contact information and previous presentations may be found at the course web
site: http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/~gov3009/

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