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Working or shirking?: expenses and attendance in the UK parliament

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This paper studies the determinants of MPs' expense claims and of their attendance at Parliamentary meetings. Using a multiple regression framework, we correlate the expenses with three sets of variables: constituency characteristics, political variables, and individual characteristics. We then look at the ratio of parliamentary expenses claimed to votes cast in Parliament as a crude measure of value for money. This take on the data provides a somewhat benign view of the usage of expense claims. We use the results to reflect on two views of the motivation of MPs-the public choice view and the public service view.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33462/

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