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To Invite or Not to Invite a Lobby, That Is the Question

Martin GregorORCID iD: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7657-724X
Published Online: 2015-01-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bejte-2014-0022


We study a game in which a lobby with verifiable private evidence discloses her evidence to a policy-maker if and only if she agrees to a transfer that is proposed by the policy-maker. This setting is motivated by the literature of pay-and-lobby politics, which finds that politicians schedule informative meetings with lobbyists on the basis of their campaign contributions. We admit both positive transfers (fees) and negative transfers (compensations), which implies not only that the policy-maker can commit to not listen but also that the lobby can commit to not talk. In a binary action space, we solve the game for all timings, prior beliefs, information structures, and valuation parameters. We identify the settings in which the policy-maker strategically discourages the lobby’s participation by announcing an unacceptable transfer. Whether ‘burying one’s head in the sand’ increases or decreases welfare depends on the degree of the policy-maker’s benevolence.

Keywords: disclosure; hard evidence; access fee; lobbying; attention


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About the article

Published Online: 2015-01-21

Published in Print: 2015-07-01

Funding: Grant Agency of the Czech Republic P402/12/G097

Citation Information: The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, Volume 15, Issue 2, Pages 143–166, ISSN (Online) 1935-1704, ISSN (Print) 2194-6124, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bejte-2014-0022.

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