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Determinants of Post-congressional Lobbying Employment

Kim, Jin-Hyuk (2012): Determinants of Post-congressional Lobbying Employment. Published in: Economics of Governance , Vol. 2, No. 14 (2013): pp. 107-126.


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This paper studies the determinants of lobbying-employment decisions of former members of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 105th–108thCongresses. The main empirical findings indicate that there are two groups more likely to become lobbyists: members not re-elected who had more conservative voting records and held important committee assignments and longer-serving members who voluntarily retired and voted less conservatively in their last term compared to their previous terms in office. A decomposition analysis confirms that the revolving doors for the two groups of legislators differ because of differences in employer response rather than in legislator characteristics.

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