I, for one, welcome our new foreign lobbyists

This is interesting:

Our analysis of the data suggests that foreign lobbying activity has significant impact on trade policy – and in the predicted direction: Tariffs and non-tariff barriers (NTBs) are both found to be negatively related with foreign lobbying activity. We consider also extended specifications in which we include a large number of additional explanatory variables that have been suggested in the literature as determinants of trade policy (but that emerge from outside of the theoretical structure described above) and confirm the robustness of our findings in this setting.

That’s Kishore Gawande, Pravin Krishna & Michael J. Robbins on “Foreign Lobbies and US Trade Policy.”