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OLIGOPOLY, CONCENTRATION: Oligopoly is a market structure that contains a small number of relatively large firms, meaning oligopoly markets tend to be concentrated. A small number of large firms account for a majority of total output. Concentration unto itself is not necessarily bad, but it often leads to inefficient behavior, such as collusion and nonprice competition. Concentration is measured in three ways--market share, concentration ratio, Herfindahl index.

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BLACK DISMALAPOD
Your compete MICRO*scope for today

You are the type of person who believes that happy people are mentally unbalanced and delusional. Family and friends don't understand your passion for the Medieval Ages. Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time watching infomercials hoping to buy either a genuine down-filled pillow or one of those "hang in there" kitty cat posters. Be on the lookout for gnomes hiding in cypress trees. You should consider shopping at stores or businesses beginning with the letter B, but do not buy any products with a serial number or product code containing the number 214964. Your preferred shopping venue is convenience stores. Your special symbol is the pound sign (#).


Is this You?

As a Black Dismalapod, you tend to be grumpy and gloomy, morose and melancholy, and often downcast and disgruntled. You don't really trust others and expect only the worst from them. You are seldom disappointed. You tend to spend a lot of time by yourself. Sadly, you recognize that you are destined to come up on the short end of any economic transaction.


This isn't me! What am I?
MARGINAL PRODUCTIVITY THEORY

A theory used to analyze the profit-maximizing quantity of inputs (that is, the services of factor of productions) purchased by a firm in the production of output. Marginal-productivity theory indicates that the demand for a factor of production is based on the marginal product of the factor. In particular, a firm is generally willing to pay a higher price for an input that is more productive and contributes more to output. The demand for an input is thus best termed a derived demand.

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In The Neighborhood Of IMMIGRATION

Few pedestrians would argue that the Republic of Northwest Queoldiola is anything but a quaint and courteous country. The Northwest Queoldiolans have a cute habit of wearing those little hats with the squirrel tail hanging from the back. They also manufacture the best sundials that money can buy. As a tourist mecca, there's nothing quainter or more courteous than the Republic of Northwest Queoldiola. But, as you may have noticed during our pedestrian trek, several Queoldiolans have decided to pursue permanent residence, and presumably U. S. citizenship, right here Shady Valley. They have undertaken the age old process of immigration. BUT WHY SHADY VALLEY? These Queoldiolans have some pretty darn peculiar habits. While we're all found of sundials, they've raise fondness to a religious fervor. Their clothing is, to put it mildly, pretty darn peculiar. The worst part of it -- they're willing to work cheap!
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Three-forths of the gold mined each year is used to manufacture jewelry.
"As the births of living creatures at first are ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time. "

-- Sir Francis Bacon, philosopher

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