Pay for Politicians and Candidate Selection: An Empirical Analysis

30 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2009

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Kaisa Kotakorpi

University of Turku - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Panu Poutvaara

University of Helsinki - Department of Economics; Helsinki Center of Economic Research (HECER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Abstract

In this paper, we estimate the effect of pay for politicians on who wants to be a politician. We take advantage of a considerable 35 percent salary increase of Finnish MPs in the year 2000, intended to make the pay for parliamentarians more competitive. A difference-indifferences analysis, using candidates in municipal elections as a control group, suggests that the higher salary had the intended effect among women, whether measured by education or occupational qualifications. We also examine cross-party differences.

Keywords: pay for politicians, candidate selection, gender differences in politics

JEL Classification: D72, J3, J45

Suggested Citation

Kotakorpi, Kaisa and Poutvaara, Panu, Pay for Politicians and Candidate Selection: An Empirical Analysis. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4235, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1423351

Kaisa Kotakorpi (Contact Author)

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Panu Poutvaara

University of Helsinki - Department of Economics ( email )

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