Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/102200
Authors: 
Arnold, Felix
Kauder, Björn
Potrafke, Niklas
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4900
Abstract: 
We examine moonlighting by politicians in Germany. In July 2007, the German Supreme Court adjudicated that members of parliament (MPs) have to publish details of their outside earnings. Using panel data models, we investigate how outside earnings are correlated with absence and parliamentary activity. The results do not indicate that outside earnings are correlated with absence rates and speeches; but they do suggest that outside earnings are somewhat negatively correlated with oral contributions, interpellations, and group initiatives. We propose that the results for Germany do not corroborate evidence on other countries such as Italy because party discipline, institutions, and political cultures differ across countries.
Subjects: 
moonlighting by politicians
outside earnings
attendance and activity in parliament
good and bad politicians
JEL: 
D72
H11
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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