Legislative Activity and Private Benefits: A Natural Experiment in New Zealand

Number: 116
Year: 2018
Author(s): Massimo Morelli, Moritz Osnabrügge, Matia Vannoni.
We examine the causal effect of legislative activity on private benefits, which have been largely neglected by previous research in legislative studies. By relying on a natural experiment in New Zealand, where randomly selected MPs are given the opportunity to propose legislation, we find evidence for a causal relation between proposing a (successful) bill and the private benefits MPs receive, in terms of gifts and payments for services. We conclude that the allocation of private benefits depends on legislative performance.

Massimo Morelli Bocconi University

Moritz Osnabrügge Bocconi University

Matia Vannoni Bocconi University

Language: English

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