The Labor Market of Italian Politicians, Second Version

108 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2009

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Antonio Merlo

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics; Rice University

Vincenzo Galasso

University of Lugano; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Massimiliano Landi

Singapore Management University - School of Social Sciences

Andrea Mattozzi

European University Institute - Economics Department (ECO)

Date Written: May 1, 2009

Abstract

We analyze the career profiles of Italian legislators in the post-war period. Using a unique, newly collected dataset that contains detailed information on all the politicians who have been elected to the Italian Parliament between 1948 and 2008, we address a number of important issues that pertain to their career paths prior to election to Parliament, their parliamentary careers, and their post-Parliament employment. Our data span two institutional regimes: Italy's First Republic (1948-1994) and the Second Republic (1994-present), characterized by different electoral rules and party structures. We first present a brief overview of the Italian political system. We then provide a comprehensive view of the career profiles of Italian legislators over the entire sample period, and highlight the major differences between the First and the Second Republic. We also compare the profiles of Italian legislators to those of the members of the United States Congress. We then use our data to address a number of questions that pertain to the selection of Italian politicians, their labor market, and their overall quality. We also draw some general conclusions that contribute to the debate about the relative efficacy and desirability of alternative policies regarding the selection and the compensation of elected representatives.

Keywords: politicians, parties, political careers

JEL Classification: D72, J44, J45

Suggested Citation

Merlo, Antonio M. and Galasso, Vincenzo and Landi, Massimiliano and Mattozzi, Andrea, The Labor Market of Italian Politicians, Second Version (May 1, 2009). PIER Working Paper No. 09-024. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1432457 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1432457

Antonio M. Merlo (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics ( email )

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Rice University ( email )

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Vincenzo Galasso

University of Lugano ( email )

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Switzerland

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

Massimiliano Landi

Singapore Management University - School of Social Sciences ( email )

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Singapore, 259756
Singapore

Andrea Mattozzi

European University Institute - Economics Department (ECO) ( email )

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Via della Piazzuola 43
50133 Florence
Italy

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