Title

Formal human capital attainment of career legislators in the US Congress: Modeling legislatures as unions

Authors

FG Mixon

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1-2001

Department

Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs

Abstract

The present paper employs a human capital model that examines, among other things, the educational attainment of career politicians/legislators. Statistical evidence is presented which suggests that the formal educational levels differ systematically between career and non-career politicians/legislators at the federal level (i.e., in the U.S. Congress) - a result consistent with the implications of the legislative pay union model developed by McCormick and Tollison (1978). Any adverse selection consequences are potentially significant regarding the quality of federal legislation and the social cost of government activities.

Publication Title

PUBLIC CHOICE

Volume

108

Issue

3-4

First Page

369

Last Page

386