18-class notes - 10/21/2009 TODAY class 18 Friday Oct 23...

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10/21/2009 1 TODAY – class 18 – Friday Oct 23 • finish positive theory –Brander: (5, pp 92-112), (15.4 - pp 349-352- Marketing Boards and Supply Management) – Ward “Does our system need lobbyists?” –Vieira, Paul, "Ottawa’s $100-million Air Canada boost draws 'slush-fund' criticism", Comm. 394- Barbara Spencer Next class – Monday Oct 26 – Review mid-term exam - your chance to go over the exam midterm exam results on Vista late today Wed – Start environmental policy – Brander (10; pp 231 - 247); (11, pp 262 - 265). – LiveSmart BC “The effects of climate change” – “The UP side of global warming” Comm. 394- Barbara Spencer
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2 Transfer Seeking Defn : The process of devoting resources to trying to obtain (or retain) economic benefits trying to obtain (or retain) economic benefits (rent) through redistribution from others, rather than creating new wealth. Economic "rent" : income earned above a normal return. Normal return : minimum amount needed to Comm. 394- Barbara Spencer : minimum amount needed to induce employment in a given activity. Transfer-seeking - Effectiveness • More likely to be effective when gains are concentrated on a small group and losses are dispersed over a large group dispersed over a large group. – With concentrated gains, • Each member would gain significantly from successful lobbying - members have an incentive to contribute time and money to the lobbying effort. – If losses are disbursed, organi ation is diffic lt beca se of “free rider” problems Comm. 394- Barbara Spencer • organization is difficult because of “free-rider” problems. unwilling to lobby.
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18-class notes - 10/21/2009 TODAY class 18 Friday Oct 23...

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