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Replication data for: Bureaucratic Minimal Squawk Behavior: Theory and Evidence from Regulatory Agencies

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Leaver, Clare
Publication Date
2009-06-01
Description
  • Abstract

    This paper develops a model in which a desire to avoid criticism prompts otherwise public-spirited bureaucrats to behave inefficiently. Decisions are taken to keep interest groups quiet and to keep mistakes out of the public eye. The policy implications of this "minimal squawk" behavior are at odds with the view that agencies should be structured to minimize the threat of "capture." An empirical test using data from US State Public Utility Commissions rejects the capture hypothesis and is consistent with the squawk hypothesis: longer PUC terms of office are associated with a higher incidence of rate reviews and lower household electricity bills. (JEL D73, L51, L97, L98)
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  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/aer.99.3.572 (Text)
Publications
  • Leaver, Clare. “Bureaucratic Minimal Squawk Behavior: Theory and Evidence from Regulatory Agencies.” American Economic Review 99, no. 3 (May 2009): 572–607. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.99.3.572.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.99.3.572 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-12

Leaver, Clare (2009): Replication data for: Bureaucratic Minimal Squawk Behavior: Theory and Evidence from Regulatory Agencies. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E113300