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

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Identification Number: PEPP 15

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 (Report)
Official URL: http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/dps/pepp/pepp15.pdf
Additional Information: © 2005 The Authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2014 10:44
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2014 10:44
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58211

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