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An index of legislators’ performance: evidence from Indian parliamentary data

Saibal Ghosh

Journal of Social and Economic Development, 2018, vol. 20, issue 1, No 6, 129-151

Abstract: Abstract Employing information on legislators of the 15th Lok Sabha elections in India, the paper proposes a Legislator Performance Index (LPI). Based on the computed index, we classify legislators as those with low, medium and high performance. Subsequently, we link this index with various covariates within a multivariate regression framework. The findings lend credence to the fact that legislator background is a key factor explaining performance. Besides, the results also suggest that, in conjunction with background, variables such as age, asset position and the reservation status of a constituency play an important role in influencing legislator performance.

Keywords: Member of Parliament; Attendance; Questions; Performance; Democracy; India (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D H (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1007/s40847-018-0063-5

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