or rent seek·ing
the act or process of using one’s assets and resources to increase one’s share of existing wealth without creating new wealth.
(specifically) the act or process of exploiting the political process or manipulating the economic environment to increase one’s revenue or profits: Rent-seeking by lobbyists succeeded in obtaining favorable tariff treatment for the company’s exports.
Origin of rent-seeking
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Contemporary Examples of rent-seeking
Our regulatory structures too often encourage deindustrialization and rent-seeking.It's All Medicare All the Time
August 16, 2012