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., J. Merolla, and M. Tofias. “In play: a commentary on strategies in the 2004 U.S. presidential election.” Public Choice 123 (2005): 19–37.

Banerjee, S. G., and M. C. Munger. “Move to markets? An empirical analysis of privatization in developing countries.” Journal of International Development 16, no. 2 (March 1, 2004): 213–40. https://doi.org/10.1002/jid.1072. Full Text

Munger, M. C. “Economists and fiscal policy advice: A deficit or a deficiency?.” Public Choice 118, no. 3–4 (March 1, 2004): 235–49.

Munger, M. C. “Commentary on "The Quest for Meaning in Public Choice" by Elinor Ostrom and Vincent Ostrom.” American Journal of Economics and Sociology 63, no. 1 (January 1, 2004): 149–60.

Potthoff, RF, and Munger, MC. "Use of integer programming to optimize the scheduling of panels at annual meetings of the Public Choice Society." PUBLIC CHOICE 117, no. 1-2 (October 2003): 163-175. Full Text

Munger, M. C. “Voting with dollars: A new paradigm for campaign finance..” Journal of Economic Literature 41, no. 3 (September 1, 2003): 904–6.

Munger, M. C. “Long divisions.” New Republic 229, no. 1–2 (July 7, 2003): 4–4.

Munger, MC. "Political competition: Theory and applications." PUBLIC CHOICE 116, no. 1-2 (July 2003): 241-243. Full Text

Gottlieb, Nell H., Adam O. Goldstein, Brian S. Flynn, E Joanna E. Cohen, Karl E. Bauman, Laura J. Solomon, Michael C. Munger, Greg S. Dana, and Laura E. McMorris. “State legislators' beliefs about legislation that restricts youth access to tobacco products..” Health Education & Behavior : The Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education 30, no. 2 (April 2003): 209–24. https://doi.org/10.1177/1090198102251033. Full Text

Munger, M. “Comment on 'Judicializing Politics, Politicizing Law', by John Ferejohn.” Law and Contemporary Problems 65 (July 2002): 87–94.