Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35651
Authors: 
Kotakorpi, Kaisa Ilona
Poutvaara, Panu
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 4235
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.
Subjects: 
Pay for politicians
candidate selection
gender differences in politics
JEL: 
D72
J3
J45
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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