Strategic analysis of influence peddling

Mukul Majumdar, Seung Han Yoo

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This paper analyzes "influence peddling" in a model that portrays interactions involving human capital transfer and collusion-building, in which each government official regulates multiple firms simultaneously. We show that there exists a collusion maximizing equilibrium between a sequence of "qualified" regulators and a firm such that the qualified bureaucrat manipulates regulation rates for two firms by regulating the colluding firm leniently for the maximized sum of their payoffs, but regulating the non-colluding firm stringently for the signaling in order to "compensate" for the lenient regulatory stance taken toward the colluding firm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)737-762
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Game Theory
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec


  • Repeated games
  • Revolving doors
  • Signaling games

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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