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Volume15
Year2006
TitleCourts, Congress, and Public Policy, Part I: The FDA, The Courts, and the Regulation of Tobacco
Author(s)Jeffrey R. Lax & Mathew D. McCubbins
First Page163
AbstractIn this Article, we show that court decisions significantly and independently affected the probability that tobacco regulation would pass or be blocked. We rule out presidential or executive dominance of this policy area -if the president of the FDA were the one decisive actor in tobacco regulation, we should not observe the results that we do. In what follows, we briefly place our research question in context. In Part III, we lay out the timeline of the FDA's attempt to regulate tobacco. In Part IV, we explain the methodology of event studies and their application to studying judicial impact. In Part V, we discuss the key events, our predictions, the data, and our results. Part VI discusses our findings and Part VII concludes.