Martin Gonzalez-Eiras, University of Copenhagen

”Cooperation and Retaliation in Legislative Bargaining”


We study a legislative-bargaining divide-the-pie game in which some legislators have the ability to affect the amount of resources to be distributed (positively or negatively). If included in the winning coalition, these legislators cooperate and increase the size of the pie. If excluded, they retaliate and decrease it. Cooperation and retaliation produce significant changes in the equilibrium allocation relative to Baron and Ferejohn (1989). In particular, we find that, i) cooperating and retaliating districts are more likely to be included in the winning coalition, ii) the equilibrium might feature larger-than-minimum winning coalitions, and iii) there exist equilibria with inefficient output losses.

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