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Working or shirking? A closer look at MPs’ expenses and parliamentary attendance

Besley, Timothy and Larcinese, Valentino (2005) Working or shirking? A closer look at MPs’ expenses and parliamentary attendance. Political Economy and Public Policy Paper (PEPP/15). Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London, UK.

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This paper studies determinants of MPs expense claims in Parliament using the data released under the freedom of information act in 2004. Using a multiple regression framework, we correlate expenses with three sets of variables: constituency characteristics, party affiliation and individual characteristics. We also look at the ratio of parliamentary expenses claimed to votes cast in parliament as a crude measure of value for money. We use the results to reflect on two views of the motivation of MPs, the public Choice view and the public service view.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2005 The Authors
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 23:02

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