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Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar

Exposing the revolving door in executive branch agencies

Mara Faccio (Purdue University)

Tuesday 25 May 2021 14:00 - 15:30

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Unless otherwise specified, in-person seminars are open to the public.

Those unable to join the seminars in-person are welcome to participate via zoom if the event is hybrid.


About this event

We develop the first comprehensive mapping of the revolving door phenomenon in the U.S. by examining the work experience in executive branch agencies of 1,910,150 individuals covering top corporate positions in 373,011 firms. We document that the phenomenon is prevalent, with one out of three public firms employing a former regulator. Former regulators tend to be hired in response to or concomitant with increased regulation, or concomitant with firms receiving fines. More cheating-prone firms obtain benefits in the form of a lower incidence of fines after hiring former regulators. We do not observe other firms obtaining benefits on average.

The Political Science and Political Economy (PSPE) research group at the LSE brings together faculty and PhD students who do quantitative and/or formal research on political institutions, political behaviour, public policy, and political economy.

The PSPE Research Seminar provides a venue for researchers (mostly from outside of the LSE) to present their work.

These seminars are held on Tuesdays in term time at 14.00-15.30, both ONLINE AND IN PERSON in room 32L 3.05, unless specified otherwise.

Seminar coordinator: Mathilde Emeriau

Contact gov.comms@lse.ac.uk to be added to the mailing list and to recieve the zoom link.