Public Choice

, Volume 108, Issue 3–4, pp 369–386 | Cite as

Formal human capital attainment of career legislators in the U.S. Congress: Modeling legislatures as unions

  • Franklin G. MixonJr.


The present paper employs a human capital modelthat examines, among other things, the educationalattainment of career politicians/legislators. Statistical evidence is presented which suggests thatthe formal educational levels differ systematicallybetween career and non-career politicians/legislatorsat the federal level (i.e., in the U.S. Congress) –a result consistent with the implications of thelegislative pay union model developed by McCormick andTollison (1978). Any adverse selection consequencesare potentially significant regarding the quality offederal legislation and the social cost of governmentactivities.


Human Capital Educational Level Public Finance Social Cost Union Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Franklin G. MixonJr.
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  1. 1.Department of Economics and International BusinessThe University of Southern MississippiHattiesburgU.S.A.

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