Public Choice

, Volume 181, Issue 1–2, pp 71–82 | Cite as

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

  • Joshua HallEmail author
  • Josh Matti
  • Amir B. Ferreira Neto


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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joshua Hall
    • 1
    Email author
  • Josh Matti
    • 1
  • Amir B. Ferreira Neto
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Economics, College of Business and EconomicsWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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