Working Papers

How Does Lobbying Regulation Affect the Stock Prices of Firms That Lobby the Most?

This research examines the effect of political activity on a firm’s value by analyzing the impact of a policy change that increased public disclosure requirements associated with lobbying. In 2007, Congress passed the Honest Leadership and Open Government (HLOG) Act to close loopholes left by previous legislation. The study’s authors use the Act as a negative shock to the effectiveness of lobbying to examine how the stock prices of firms that lobby were impacted surrounding passage of the [...]

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Taxis, Taxis and Governance in the Vehicles-For-Hire Industry

The growth of the sharing economy has challenged not only traditional regulatory approaches but also traditional notions about how regulations are made and enforced. This paper uses the overlapping regulatory approaches in the vehicle-for-hire industry to create a taxonomy for better understanding regulation that accounts for both public and private enforcement as well as those regulations that are both planned and emergent.

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Social Security and the Increasing Longevity Gap

This working paper contributes to the discussion about Social Security reform by developing a new measure of the progressivity of a Social Security system. The authors use this new measure to show that the growing gap in life expectancy between low-income and high-income Americans reduces the progressivity of the Social Security system by approximately three-quarters.

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