Lobbying, Markets, and Public Policy

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Sponsored by the Center for Institutional & Organizational Performance and The Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

Duke University Law School 
March 7-8, 2019

The interface between business and government is growing in importance as an increasing number legislative and regulatory proposals seek to affect the contours of markets, innovation, and competition.  One of the main mechanisms that firms, unions, and other interest groups use to influence public policy is lobbying.  This conference examines recent advances in research to understand how political influence is exerted by these groups, the mechanisms by which it creates and alters public policy, and how these public policy outcomes affect markets.  While the conference is focused on lobbying, issues related to campaign finance, philanthropy and grass roots mobilization are also considered.  The conference will draw from multiple disciplines, including economics, political science, law, public policy, and finance to consider these issues.  This Duke Conference will precede a sister conference on related topics in lobbying to be held at Princeton University in early May 2019.

For administrative questions, please contact Marlyn Dail at For questions about the content of the conference, please contact John de Figueiredo at