Michael C. Munger

Michael C. Munger

Professor of Political Science

External Address: 
140 Science Drive, 217 Gross, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
(919) 660-4301
Behavior Identities, Methods, Political Economy, Political Institutions

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. “Market Failure and Government Failure (forthcoming).” Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism, edited by J. Brennan.


Munger, M. C. “Saari’s "Disposing Dictators, Demystifying Voting Paradoxes".” Public Choice, vol. 140, Springer Verlag, 2009, pp. 539–43.

Munger, M. C. “Economic choice, political decision, and the problem of limits.” Public Choice, vol. 137, no. 3–4, Dec. 2008, pp. 507–22. Scopus, doi: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, vol. 48, no. 9–10, Nov. 2008, pp. 1510–18. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.mcm.2008.05.022. Full Text

Munger, Michael C. “Estimating market power and strategies.” Public Choice, vol. 134, no. 3–4, SPRINGER, Mar. 2008, pp. 495–500.

Munger, Michael C. “New publications.” Public Choice, vol. 134, no. 3–4, Springer Science and Business Media LLC, Mar. 2008, pp. 495–500. Crossref, doi:10.1007/s11127-007-9225-2. Full Text

Munger, Michael C. “Industrial organization and the digital economy.” Public Choice, vol. 134, no. 3–4, SPRINGER, Mar. 2008, pp. 495–500.

Munger, M. C. “Blogging and political information: Truth or truthiness?.” Public Choice, vol. 134, no. 1–2, Jan. 2008, pp. 125–38. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11127-007-9205-6. Full Text

Ensley, M. J., et al. “Candidate uncertainty, mental models, and complexity: Some experimental results.” Public Choice, vol. 132, no. 1–2, July 2007, pp. 231–46. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11127-007-9149-x. Full Text

Munger, Michael C. “Preferences and situations: Points of intersection between historical and rational choice institutionalism.” Independent Review, vol. 11, no. 4, INDEPENDENT INSTITUTE, Mar. 2007, pp. 623–26.

Ensley, M. J., et al. “Candidate Uncertainty, Mental Models, and Complexity: Some Experimental Results.” Public Choice, vol. 132, no. 1–2, 2007, pp. 231–46. Manual, doi:10.2307/27698137. Full Text