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Labor Supply Of Politicians

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  • Raymond Fisman
  • Nikolaj A. Harmon
  • Emir Kamenica
  • Inger Munk

Using data on Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), we examine the impact of salaries on the composition and the behavior of legislators. Employing a differences-in-differences approach, we exploit the introduction of a law that equalized MEPs' salaries which had previously differed by as much as a factor of 10. Increasing salaries raises the fraction of MEPs who run for re-election but decreases the quality of elected MEPs (proxied by college quality). Salary has no discernible impact on effort or legislation output. Higher salaries induce more political competition.

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Article provided by European Economic Association in its journal Journal of the European Economic Association.

Volume (Year): 13 (2015)
Issue (Month): 5 (October)
Pages: 871-905

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jeurec:v:13:y:2015:i:5:p:871-905
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