Why Some Goods Are Free

  • Richard B. McKenzie
  • Gordon Tullock


Economists spend a great deal of time explaining how market prices are determined, and almost all of that time is spent explaining why prices are positive (above zero). Their price analyses almost always reinforce an often-repeated quip: “There is no such thing as a free lunch.”


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard B. McKenzie
    • 1
  • Gordon Tullock
    • 2
  1. 1.Paul Merage School of BusinessUniversity of California, IrvineIrvineUSA
  2. 2.Law & Economics CenterGeorge Mason UniversityArlingtonUSA

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