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. “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.

Munger, Michael C. “From Subsistence to Exchange, and Other Essays. Peter Bauer.” The Journal of Politics 63, no. 4 (November 2001): 1273–75. https://doi.org/10.1086/jop.63.4.2691819. Full Text

Munger, M. C. “Comment on Michael C. Munger's "Political Science and Fundamental Research" - Reply to Roelofs.” Ps Political Science & Politics 33, no. 3 (September 1, 2000): 518–19.

Cooper, A, and Munger, MC. "The (un)predictability of primaries with many candidates: Simulation evidence." PUBLIC CHOICE 103, no. 3-4 (June 2000): 337-355. Full Text

Munger, MC. "Politics by principle, not interest: Towards nondiscriminatory democracy." PUBLIC CHOICE 102, no. 3-4 (March 2000): 377-379. Full Text

Munger, M. C. “Reply to Roelofs.” Ps  Political Science and Politics 33, no. 3 (January 1, 2000): 518–19. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1049096500063162. Full Text