1.6 — The Problem of Rent-Seeking — Class Content

Monday, February 14, 2022



Questions to Guide Your Reading

  • What is the difference between profit-seeking and rent-seeking? What role do institutions play in creating/changing the difference?

  • What does Tullock argue is the social cost of theft? How is it related to the idea of rent-seeking?

  • Why do economists traditionally argue that market power, such as monopoly, is “bad?” How does this connect with Tullock’s argument?

  • Is rent-seeking only possible in politics or some relationship to the State? Can it exist privately, without any State intervention?

  • How does the role of time affect rents, or profits?

  • Are there “good” rents vs. “bad rents?” How do we tell the difference?


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