# 12-134/VII (2012-12-05)

Zara Sharif, Erasmus University Rotterdam; Otto H. Swank, Erasmus University Rotterdam
information collection, communication, interest groups, decision-making
JEL codes:
D72, D78, D82, H39

Decisions-makers often rely on information supplied by interested parties. In practice, some parties have easier access to information than other parties. In this light, we examine whether more powerful parties have a disproportionate influence on decisions. We show that more powerful parties influence decisions with higher probability. However, in expected terms, decisions do not depend on the relative strength of interested parties. When parties have not provided information, decisions are biased towards the less powerful parties. Finally, we show that compelling parties to supply information destroys incentives to collect information.