• No doubt exists that rent seeking in general leads to serious inefficiencies in this direct sense, but its indirect damage is even worse. Drawing the bulk of intelligent and energetic people in society into activity that has no social product, or may have a negative social product, is more important in explaining the stagnation of these societies than the direct social cost of the rent seeking.

    Gordon Tullock, Gordon L. Brady, Arthur Seldon (2002). “Government Failure: A Primer in Public Choice”, p.49, Cato Institute