Michael C. Munger

Michael C. Munger

Professor of Economics

External Address: 
140 Science Drive, 217 Gross, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
(919) 660-4301

Professor of Political Science, and Director of the PPE Certificate Program. His primary research focus is on the functioning of markets, regulation, and government institutions. He has taught at Dartmouth College, University of Texas, and University of North Carolina (where he was Director of the Master of Public Administration Program), as well as working as a staff economist at the Federal Trade Commission during the Reagan Administration. He is a past President of the Public Choice Society, an international academic society of political scientists and economists with members in 16 countries. He was North American Editor of the journal Public Choice for five years, and is now a Co-Editor of The Independent Review


  • Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis 1984
  • M.A., Washington University in St. Louis 1981
  • B.A., Davidson College 1980

Munger, M. C. “Persuasion, psychology and public choice.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 80, no. 2 (October 1, 2011): 290–300. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2011.07.012. Full Text

Munger, M. C. “Self-interest and public interest: The motivations of political actors.” Critical Review 23, no. 3 (September 1, 2011): 339–57. https://doi.org/10.1080/08913811.2011.635871. Full Text

Munger, Michael C. “‘Euvoluntary’ Exchange and the ‘Difference Principle’,” August 2, 2011.

Munger, M. C. “Euvoluntary or not, exchange is just.” Social Philosophy and Policy 28, no. 2 (June 1, 2011): 192–211. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0265052510000269. Full Text

Munger, M. C. “The Social Science of Democracy.” Perspectives on Politics 9 (2011): 374–76.

Munger, M. C. “’Basic Income’ is Not an Obligation, But It Might Be a Legitimate Choice.” Basic Income Studies 5, no. 2 (December 2010).

Munger, M. C. “How to Write Less Badly.” Chronicle of Higher Education, September 6, 2010.

Munger, M. C. “'Thinking About Order Without Thought' In Tullock's Contributions to Spontaneous Order Studies.” Public Choice 135, no. 3–4 (2010): 79–88.


Munger, M., J. Enelow, and J. Endersby. “A Revised Probabilistic Spatial Model of Elections: Theory and Evidence.” In An Economic Theory of Democracy in Contemporary Perspective, edited by B. Grofman, 125–40. University of Michigan Press, 1993.

Munger, M. C., and Brian E. Roberts. “Political and Economic Control of the Federal Reserve: A Review of the Literature.” In The Political Economy of Monetary Policy, edited by Thomas Mayer. Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Munger, M. C., and B. E. Roberts. “Political and Economic Control of the Federal Reserve: A Review of the Literature.” In The Political Economy of Monetary Policy, edited by T. Mayer. Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Munger, M., and Melvin Hinich. “Political Investment, Voter Perceptions, and Candidate Strategy: An Equilibrium Spatial Analysis.” In Models of Strategic Choice in Politics, edited by Peter Ordeshook, 49–68. Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Munger, M. “The Cost of Protectionism: Estimates of the Hidden Tax of Trade Restraints.” In World Trade and Trade Finance, edited by J. J. Norton. New York: Matthew Bender, 1985.

Munger, M., and Kevin B. Grier. “The Empirical Accuracy of Sargent’s New Classical Macro Model: Some Simulation Evidence.” In A Comparison of the Predictive Performance of Small Macroeconometric Models, edited by Laurence Meyer. St. Louis, MO: Center for the Study of American Business, 1983.

Gerard, D., W. Keech, and M. Munger. “The Political Economy of Sustainability (forthcoming).” In Introduction to Sustainable Engineering, edited by C. Davidson. Prentice-Hall, n.d.

Munger, M. “Chadha v. I.N.S. and the Legislative Veto.” In Creating Constitutional Change, edited by Gregg Ivers and Kevin McGuire, 93–105. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, n.d.

Munger, M. C., and D. Russell. “Business and Virtue.” In Routledge Handbook of Business Ethics, edited by E. Heath and E. et al. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor and Francis, n.d.

Munger, M. C., and J. Larson. “Reimagine What You Already Know: Toward New Solutions to Longstanding Problems (forthcoming).” In Digital Kenya, edited by T. Weiss, n.d.


Munger, M. C. “Tragedy of the Malecon: Is Cuba ‘Domestic Politics?.” Library of Economics and Liberty, August 2, 2004.