Can we obtain realistic parameter estimates for the 'protection for sale' model?

Devashish Mitra, Dimitrios D. Thomakos, Mehmet Ulubaşoǧlu

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In the Grossman and Helpman (1994) model of endogenous trade protection, sectoral lobbies try to influence an incumbent government that maximizes a weighted sum of political contributions and aggregate welfare. We empirically investigate this model using U.S. and Turkish data. Our specification is more tightly tied to theory than those in existing studies. Additionally, we assume all specific-factor owners to be organized into different lobbies. These changes, validated by hypothesis tests, yield more realistic parameter estimates of the government's concern for aggregate welfare and of the fraction of population organized into lobbies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-210
Number of pages24
JournalCanadian Journal of Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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