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Dynamic Legislative Bargaining with Veto Power: Theory and Experiments

Salvatore Nunnari ()

No 649, Working Papers from IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research), Bocconi University

Abstract: In many domains, committees bargain over a sequence of policies and a policy remains ine?ectuntilanewagreementisreached. Inthispaper,Iarguethat,inordertoassess the consequences of veto power, it is important to take into account this dynamic aspect. I analyze an in?nitely repeated divide-the-dollar game with an endogenous status quo policy. I show that, irrespective of legislators’ patience and the initial division of resources, policy eventually gets arbitrarily close to full appropriation by the veto player; that increasing legislators’ patience or decreasing the veto player’s ability to set the agenda makes convergence to this outcome slower; and that the veto player supports reforms that decrease his allocation. These results stand in sharp contrast to the properties of models where committees bargain over a single policy. The main predictions of the theory ?nd support in controlled laboratory experiments. JEL Classi?cations: C72, C73, C78, C92, D71, D72, D78 Keywords: DynamicLegislativeBargaining; DistributivePolitics; StandingCommittees; Endogenous Status Quo; Veto Power; Markov Perfect Equilibrium; Laboratory Experiments

Date: 2019
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