Talk:rent seeking

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Are subsidies especially significant in rent-seeking?[edit]

The current definition includes the phrase: "...especially by the use of subsidies." I don't believe this is correct (in the economics literature generally), and I don't see the subsidy sense represented in either of the two existing citations. Does anyone have support for the idea that rent-seeking is somehow more related to subsidies rather than, say, looking for legislated restrictions on competitors, or favorable laws that advantage one product, manufacturer or industry over others. If no support can be found, I may remove the subsidy phrase in a few weeks. N2e 13:49, 29 July 2009 (UTC)

We could use good citations for this term. I agree that subsidies are not essential to rent-seeking and with what you say above. Moreover subsidies aren't necessarily the result of rent-seeking behavior. It might be useful to have three examples of "rent"-type benefits at rent and some words that are examples of rent-seeking behavior at this entry, worked into the definition or into citations or usage examples. DCDuring TALK 14:14, 29 July 2009 (UTC)