Ethics Laws and the Outside Earnings of Politicians: The Case of Alabama’s ‘Educator-Legislators’
This paper has reported evidence on the returns to legislating. In particular, we examined the distributional impact of a provision of Alabama's Code of Ethics which allows sitting state legislators to be on the payroll of public institutions of higher education. Using salary and educational budget data for 1987–88, we found that public funding per student for the junior and senior colleges in the state which employ legislators as educators is significantly higher than that received by comparable institutions.
Ethics Laws and the Outside Earnings of Politicians: The Case of Alabama’s ‘Educator-Legislators’” (with Jim F. Couch and Keith E. Atkinson), Public Choice 73 (March 1992), pp. 135–145.