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Politics and profits: Ruben DURANTE's research on indirect lobbying through business proxies informs the debate in the "Trump context"


Ruben DURANTE

Faculty member Ruben Durante's article Market-Based Lobbying: Evidence from Advertising Spending in Italy (link), continues to shed light on "the manifold ways in which companies can curry favor with a politician who doesn’t give up his businesses, as well as the near-impossibility of policing such favor-seeking."

The article, joint with coauthors Stefano DellaVigna (UC Berkeley), Brian Knight (Brown) and Eliana La Ferrara (Bocconi), was published in the January 2016 issue of the AEA's American Economic Journal: Applied Economics .

The study was featured in an AEA "Highlight" recently and has been picked up by both The Financial Times and Slate in the "Trump context".

Link to the FT article "Berlusconi study sheds light on politics and profits: Italian who controlled businesses while premier talks of similarities with Trump" by Rachel Sanderson.
NB In order to access the article, you must use SciencesPo's institutional subscription to the FT.

Link to the Slate article "How Much Will Trump Profit From the Presidency? It could easily be in the billions. Here’s how.", by Ray Fisman.

More about Ruben DURANTE and his research.