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Joseph Schumpeter Lecture: Paying Politicians: Theory and Evidence

  • Timothy Besley

    (London School of Economics,)

This paper looks at the theory behind the idea that paying politicians better will improve their performance. The paper lays out a political agency model with adverse selection and moral hazard where politicians are subject to two-period term limits. This model provides a number of predictions about how the pay of politicians affects agency problems. We also consider what happens when the pool of politicians is endogenous. The main ideas in the model are confronted with data on U.S. governors. (JEL: D72, J33) Copyright (c) 2004 The European Economic Association.

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Volume (Year): 2 (2004)
Issue (Month): 2-3 (04/05)
Pages: 193-215

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