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Working or shirking?: expenses and attendance in the UK parliament

Besley, Timothy and Larcinese, Valentino (2011) Working or shirking?: expenses and attendance in the UK parliament. Public Choice, 146 (3-4). pp. 291-317. ISSN 0048-5829

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s11127-009-9591-z


This paper studies the determinants of MPs' expense claims and of their attendance at Parliamentary meetings. Using a multiple regression framework, we correlate the expenses with three sets of variables: constituency characteristics, political variables, and individual characteristics. We then look at the ratio of parliamentary expenses claimed to votes cast in Parliament as a crude measure of value for money. This take on the data provides a somewhat benign view of the usage of expense claims. We use the results to reflect on two views of the motivation of MPs-the public choice view and the public service view.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Springer
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2011 13:59
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2024 20:24

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