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Hosted by David Beckworth of the Mercatus Center, Macro Musings is a podcast which pulls back the curtain on the important macroeconomic issues of the past, present, and future.

Dec 17, 2018

Matt Mitchell is the director and senior research fellow at the Equity Initiative at the Mercatus Center. He joins the show today to talk about rent seeking and how it affects long term economic growth and prosperity. David and Matt also discuss regulatory capture, the rise of patent trolls, and the economics of public choice theory.


Transcript for the episode:


Matt’s Twitter: @MattMitchell80

Matt’s Mercatus profile:


Related Links:


*Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty* by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson


*The Political Economy of the Rent-Seeking Society* by Anne Krueger


*Entrepreneurship: Production, Unproductive, and Destructive* by William Baumol


*Uncontestable Favoritism* by Matt Mitchell


*40 Years of Research on Rent Seeking* by Roger Congleton, Arye Hillman, and Kai Konrad


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David’s Twitter: @DavidBeckworth