We thank Ana Ichim and Natalia Boliari for providing information on Romanian and Bulgarian elections respectively. Luiza Pogorelova and Deokrye Baek provided excellent research assistance. We thank Kaj Gittings, Bülent Űnel, seminar participants at Marmara University and SUNY-Albany, as well as three anonymous referees for helpful comments and suggestions.
Salaries and Work Effort: An Analysis of the European Union Parliamentarians
Article first published online: 28 OCT 2013
© 2013 The Author(s). The Economic Journal © 2013 Royal Economic Society
The Economic Journal
Volume 123, Issue 573, pages 1130–1167, December 2013
How to Cite
Mocan, N. and Altindag, D. T. (2013), Salaries and Work Effort: An Analysis of the European Union Parliamentarians. The Economic Journal, 123: 1130–1167. doi: 10.1111/ecoj.12056
- Issue published online: 13 DEC 2013
- Article first published online: 28 OCT 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 25 MAY 2013 03:17AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 31 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 11 AUG 2011
Before July 2009, salaries of the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) were paid by their home country, and there were substantial salary differences between MEPs representing different countries. Starting in July 2009, salaries are pegged to 38.5% of a European Court judge's salary, paid by the European Union. This created an exogenous change in salaries, the magnitude and direction of which varied substantially. Using information on each MEP between 2004 and 2011, we show that an increase in salaries decreases attendance at plenary sessions and reduces the number of questions asked but it has no impact on other job-related activities.