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

Massimo Morelli, Moritz Osnabrügge, Matia Vannoni
2019 Political Science Research and Methods  
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 Members of Parliament (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
more » ... at the allocation of private benefits depends on legislative performance.
doi:10.1017/psrm.2018.66 fatcat:dicdxclmtrgrraa6c557ywrtpy