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Rent Seeking and the Presence of Existing Distortions

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  • Alex Robson

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When market distortions already exist, producers may attempt to surpress or encourage the establishment of new distortions in hitherto undistorted markets, and may have a strong incentive to appeal to the language of second best to further their private interests. In these situations, the total amount of resources spent on trying to encourage or discourage intervention in an undistorted market can exceed the sum of the partial equilibrium Harberger (1964) “triangle” and Tullock (1967) “rectangle” measures of welfare loss. This paper uses a simple example to illustrate these points

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Paper provided by Australian National University, College of Business and Economics, School of Economics in its series ANU Working Papers in Economics and Econometrics with number 2005-448.

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Length: 8 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2005
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Handle: RePEc:acb:cbeeco:2005-448

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  1. Ron Bird & Harry Liem & Susan Thorp, 2011. "Infrastructure: Real Assets and Real Returns," Working Paper Series 11, The Paul Woolley Centre for Capital Market Dysfunctionality, University of Technology, Sydney.

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