Efficient rent-seeking

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By the way, here is Daniel Klein on the use of tying to produce public goods.  Or think of the economics this way: ex post copyright brings monopoly rents to some producers.  Some of those profits are competed away by advertising, except in this case "the ad" is intended to provide real (not just persuasive) benefits to the consumers.  Here are books and papers on efficient rent-seeking.

Addendum: I’ve now been adding new posts to it, but of course I can’t tell you their topics!