Politicians' outside earnings and electoral competition

Becker J, Peichl A, Rincke J (2009)

Publication Language: English

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2009


Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)

Book Volume: 140

Pages Range: 379-394

Journal Issue: 3

DOI: 10.1007/s11127-009-9426-y


This paper deals with the impact of electoral competition on politicians’ outside earnings. In our framework, politicians face a tradeoff between allocating their time to political effort or to an alternative use generating outside earnings. The main hypothesis is that the amount of time spent on outside work is negatively related to the degree of electoral competition. We test this hypothesis using a new dataset on outside earnings of members of the German federal assembly and find that politicians facing low competition have substantially higher outside earnings.

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Becker, J., Peichl, A., & Rincke, J. (2009). Politicians' outside earnings and electoral competition. Public Choice, 140(3), 379-394. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11127-009-9426-y


Becker, Johannes, Andreas Peichl, and Johannes Rincke. "Politicians' outside earnings and electoral competition." Public Choice 140.3 (2009): 379-394.

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