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. “Blogging and political information: Truth or truthiness?Public Choice 134, no. 1–2 (January 1, 2008): 125–38. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11127-007-9205-6. Full Text

Ensley, M. J., S. De Marchi, and M. C. Munger. “Candidate uncertainty, mental models, and complexity: Some experimental results.” Public Choice 132, no. 1–2 (July 1, 2007): 231–46. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11127-007-9149-x. Full Text

Munger, Michael C. “Preferences and situations: Points of intersection between historical and rational choice institutionalism.” Independent Review 11, no. 4 (March 1, 2007): 623–26.

Ensley, M. J., M. C. Munger, and S. de Marchi. “Candidate Uncertainty, Mental Models, and Complexity: Some Experimental Results.” Public Choice 132, no. 1–2 (2007): 231–46. https://doi.org/10.2307/27698137. Full Text

Munger, M. C. “Public Policy Informatics: Does Better Information Produce Better Public Policy?International Journal of Public Policy 1 (September 2006): 343–54.

Munger, M. C. “Unintended Consequences 1, Good Intentions 0.” Econlib, 2006.

Munger, M. C. “A Fable of the OC,” 2006.

Munger, M. C. “Rent Seek and You Will Find.” Econlib, 2006.