Capitol Hill Campus: The Pathology of Privilege: The Consequences of Government Favoritism

May 14, 2013
Rayburn B-339

Event Speakers

Matthew D. Mitchell

Senior Research Fellow

Despite the ideological miles that separate them, activists in the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements agree on one thing: both condemn the recent bailouts of wealthy and well-connected banks. But when it comes to government-granted privileges to particular firms or industries the bailouts were just the tip of the iceberg. What are some of the other ways that governments play favorites? And what are the consequences of economic favoritism?

For answers to these questions and more please join the Mercatus Center at George Mason University’s Capitol Hill Campus for a discussion outlining the negative consequences of policies that favor some firms over others.

This discussion will focus on the main points highlighted in Dr. Mitchell’s Pathology of Privilege paper:

• Types of privilege

• The economic and social costs of privilege

Space is limited. 

The event is free and open to all congressional and federal agency staff. This event is not open to the general public. Food will be provided. Due to space constraints, please no interns. Questions? Please contact Erin Connolly, Event Associate, at or (703) 993-9913.