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  • Gordon Tullock


My role in connection with the efficient rent-seeking model (Tullock 1980) is, I think, a rather ill-omened one. I began the discussion by inventing a model with an apparent paradox. The market doesn’t clear even with free entry and competition. There have been a number of efforts to deal with this problem (Corcoran, 1984; I commented on it in the same issue, pp. 95–98). (1985) Corcoran and Karels and Higgins, Shughart, and Tollison (1985) are further efforts to solve the problem.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gordon Tullock
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  1. 1.Center for Study of Public ChoiceGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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