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Rent-seeking in the classroom and textbooks: Where are we after 50 years?

Joshua Hall, Josh Matti () and Amir B. Ferreira Neto ()
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Josh Matti: West Virginia University
Amir B. Ferreira Neto: West Virginia University

Public Choice, 2019, vol. 181, issue 1, 71-82

Abstract: Abstract In this paper, we provide an overview of the influence of Tullock’s work on rent-seeking in the area of economics education. After summarizing the basic rent-seeking model in both a domestic and international context, we conduct an analysis of undergraduate and graduate textbooks in public economics. We find a majority of undergraduate texts cover rent-seeking in depth, but two texts provide zero coverage. No graduate textbook surveyed mentions rent-seeking. We conclude by summarizing the economic education literature on rent-seeking, which can be divided into either classroom experiments or popular culture examples.

Keywords: Economics education; Rent-seeking; Textbooks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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