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December 2013Advancing the Empirical Research on Lobbying
with John M. de Figueiredo: w19698
This essay identifies the empirical facts about lobbying which are generally agreed upon in the literature. It then discusses challenges to empirical research in lobbying and provides examples of empirical methods that can be employed to overcome these challenges--with an emphasis on statistical measurement, identification, and casual inference. The essay then discusses the advantages, disadvantages, and effective use of the main types of data available for research in lobbying. It closes by discussing a number of open questions for researchers in the field and avenues for future work to advance the empirical research in lobbying.

Published: Advancing the Empirical Research on Lobbying Annual Review of Political Science Vol. 17: 163-185 (Volume publication date May 2014) First published online as a Review in Advance on February 21, 2014 DOI: 10.1146/annurev-polisci-100711-135308 John M. de Figueiredo1 and Brian Kelleher Richter2

 
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