Valuing Tullock's Rejects: The Reception of His Work in Rent Seeking

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Gordon Tullock's work in economics spans nearly 50 years and is known for the breadth, originality, and quantity of his contributions in public choice, constitutional political economy, law and economics, bioeconomics, and monetary history. Despite his lack of formal training in economics, Tullock published in major economic journals early in his career. A number of his papers, which proved to be seminal to the theory of rent seeking, were rejected by top economic journals. This paper explores possible reasons for the editor's reception to Tullock's work and uses citation counts to value Tullock's rejected papers. My paper shows that Tullock's work continues to be cited, often far more frequently than the papers which journals chose to publish when they rejected Tullock's submissions.

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Brady, G.L. Valuing Tullock's Rejects: The Reception of His Work in Rent Seeking. Atl Econ J 33, 473–483 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11293-005-2878-7

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