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

Munger, Michael C. “The principal difficulty: Besley’s neo-Rousseavian aspirations.” The Review of Austrian Economics 22, no. 2 (June 2009): 169–75. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11138-009-0075-7. Full Text

Munger, M. C. “Saari’s "Disposing Dictators, Demystifying Voting Paradoxes".” Public Choice 140 (2009): 539–43.

Munger, M. C. “Economic choice, political decision, and the problem of limits.” Public Choice 137, no. 3–4 (December 1, 2008): 507–22. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11127-008-9353-3. Full Text

Hinich, M. J., and M. C. Munger. “The dynamics of issue introduction: A model based on the politics of ideology.” Mathematical and Computer Modelling 48, no. 9–10 (November 1, 2008): 1510–18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mcm.2008.05.022. Full Text

Munger, Michael C. “Industrial organization and the digital economy.” Public Choice 134, no. 3–4 (March 1, 2008): 495–500.

Munger, Michael C. “Estimating market power and strategies.” Public Choice 134, no. 3–4 (March 1, 2008): 495–500.

Munger, Michael C. “New publications.” Public Choice 134, no. 3–4 (March 2008): 495–500. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11127-007-9225-2. Full Text


Munger, M. C. “Market Failure and Government Failure (forthcoming).” In Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism, edited by J. Brennan, n.d.

Munger, Michael C. “Committee Jurisdictions and PAC Contributions.” In The Encyclopedia of Public Choice, 422–24. Springer US, n.d. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-306-47828-4_58. Full Text

Munger, Michael. “Committee Assignments.” In The Encyclopedia of Public Choice, 419–22. Springer US, n.d. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-306-47828-4_57. Full Text