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Factors Influencing Governors' Salaries, 1961-2001

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  • Tuttle Markland

    () (Sam Houston State University)

  • Bumpass Donald

    () (Sam Houston State University)

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This paper examines the determinants of governors' salaries for the forty-eight contiguous states. State budgetary variables, personal income, population, unemployment rate and state government employment are the primary determinants of governors' compensation. There appears to be a large amount of convergence among salaries over the forty year sample period; the states with lower pay in 1961 experienced faster growth in their governor's compensation. Thus, findings support the view that a governor's pay is based primarily on the responsibility measured by the economic size of the state and the size of a state's government.

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  • Tuttle Markland & Bumpass Donald, 2010. "Factors Influencing Governors' Salaries, 1961-2001," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 10(1), pages 1-20, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejeap:v:10:y:2010:i:1:n:34
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    1. Karsten Mause, 2014. "Self-serving legislators? An analysis of the salary-setting institutions of 27 EU parliaments," Constitutional Political Economy, Springer, pages 154-176.

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