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., and A. Cooper. “Five Questions: An Integrated Research Agenda in Public.” Public Choice 103 (2000): 1–12.

Munger, M., Mark Berger, and Richard Potthoff. “The Downsian Model Predicts Divergence.” Journal of Theoretical Politics 12 (2000): 78–90.

Poole, Keith, and Howard Rosenthal. “Congress: A Political Economic History of Roll Call Voting.” The Independent Review, 1999.

Munger, M. C. “Pangloss was right: Reforming congress is useless, expensive, or harmful.” Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum 9, no. 1 (December 1, 1998): 133–46.

Hinich, MJ, Munger, MC, and De Marchi, S. "Ideology and the construction of nationality: The Canadian elections of 1993." PUBLIC CHOICE 97, no. 3 (December 1998): 401-428. Full Text

Munger, Michael C., and Ronald Wintrobe. “The Political Economy of Dictatorship.” The Canadian Journal of Economics / Revue Canadienne D’Economique 31, no. 4 (October 1998): 992–992. https://doi.org/10.2307/136507. Full Text

Berger, M. M., and M. C. Munger. “Congressional parties and primary election challenges.Legislative Studies Quarterly 23, no. 3 (August 1, 1998): 450–450.

Flynn, B. S., A. O. Goldstein, L. J. Solomon, K. E. Bauman, N. H. Gottlieb, J. E. Cohen, M. C. Munger, and G. S. Dana. “Predictors of state legislators' intentions to vote for cigarette tax increases.Preventive Medicine 27, no. 2 (March 1998): 157–65. https://doi.org/10.1006/pmed.1998.0308. Full Text

Munger, Michael C. “Odd Markets in Japanese History: Law and Economic Growth. J. Mark Ramseyer.” The Journal of Politics 60, no. 1 (February 1998): 289–91. https://doi.org/10.2307/2648028. Full Text