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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. PEPP/15. Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

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)
Official URL: http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2005 The author.
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Sets: Departments > Government
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Departments > Economics
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: PEPP/15
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2008
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/3609/

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