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Corruption and staff expenditures in the U.S. Congress

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  • Richard T Boylan

    (Washington University)

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Staff expenditures in the U.S. Congress increased exponentially from 1940 to 1980, but have remained roughly constant since. A theoretical model of Congressional expenditures, bureaucratic oversight, and congressional ethics is developed to understand historical data. Such a model allows one to define and test a measure of the fraction of Congress that maximizes material rewards (vs. intrinsic rewards of being in office).

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Public Economics with number 9804002.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 22 Apr 1998
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:9804002

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