MPs for Sale ? Returns to Office in Postwar British Politics

  title={MPs for Sale ? Returns to Office in Postwar British Politics},
  author={ANDREW C. EGGERS},
  • Published 2009
Many recent studies show that firms profit from connections to influential politicians, but less is known about how much politicians financially benefit from wielding political influence. We estimate the returns to serving in Parliament, using original data on the estates of recently deceased British politicians. Applying both matching and a regression discontinuity design to compare Members of Parliament (MPs) with parliamentary candidates who narrowly lost, we find that serving in office… CONTINUE READING
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