Outside Earnings, Absence, and Activity: Evidence from German Parliamentarians

26 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2014

See all articles by Felix Arnold

Felix Arnold

Free University of Berlin (FUB); German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Bjoern Kauder

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Niklas Potrafke

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Date Written: July 29, 2014

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.

Keywords: moonlighting by politicians, outside earnings, attendance and activity in parliament, good and bad politicians

JEL Classification: D720, H110

Suggested Citation

Arnold, Felix and Kauder, Bjoern and Potrafke, Niklas, Outside Earnings, Absence, and Activity: Evidence from German Parliamentarians (July 29, 2014). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4900, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2479830

Felix Arnold

Free University of Berlin (FUB) ( email )

Van't-Hoff-Str. 8
Berlin, 14195
Germany

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstra├če 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

Bjoern Kauder

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, 01069
Germany

Niklas Potrafke (Contact Author)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, 01069
Germany

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
19
Abstract Views
636
PlumX Metrics