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Nikolaj A. Harmon

Department of Economics
University of Copenhagen
Oester Farimagsgade 5, bygning 26
DK-1353 Copenhagen K
Denmark

E-Mail: nikolaj.harmon@econ.ku.dk

NBER Working Papers and Publications

January 2012Labor Supply of Politicians
with Raymond Fisman, Emir Kamenica, Inger Munk: w17726
We examine the labor supply of politicians using data on Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). We exploit the introduction of a law that equalized MEPs' salaries, which had previously differed by as much as a factor of ten. Doubling an MEP's salary increases the probability of running for reelection by 23 percentage points and increases the logarithm of the number of parties that field a candidate by 29 percent of a standard deviation. A salary increase has no discernible impact on absenteeism or shirking from legislative sessions; in contrast, non-pecuniary motives, proxied by home-country corruption, substantially impact the intensive margin of labor supply. Finally, an increase in salary lowers the quality of elected MEPs, measured by the selectivity of their undergraduate institut...

Published: Raymond Fisman & Nikolaj A. Harmon & Emir Kamenica & Inger Munk, 2015. "LABOR SUPPLY OF POLITICIANS," Journal of the European Economic Association, vol 13(5), pages 871-905. citation courtesy of

 
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