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FALLACY: A logical error in an argument or evaluation of a policy. The six common fallacies that surface in economic analysis are: false cause, personal attack, division, composition, false authority, and mass appeal. These fallacies are most troublesome because, although false, they seem correct, especially when used by a slick-talking, charismatic person (politician) or when the fallacies support a preconceived notion or fundamental belief.

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Lesson Contents
Unit 1: Intro
  • Definition
  • Making A Monopoly
  • Real World Monopoly
  • Perfect Competition
  • Imperfect Competition
  • Unit 1 Summary
  • Unit 2: Revenue
  • Market Control
  • Monopoly Demand
  • Monopoly Revenue
  • The Numbers
  • Marginal Revenue
  • The Curves
  • Elasticity And The Curves
  • Unit 2 Summary
  • Unit 3: Output
  • Motivation
  • Total Numbers
  • Marginal Numbers
  • Total Curves
  • Profit Curve
  • Marginal Curves
  • Unit 3 Summary
  • Unit 4: Evaluation
  • Economic Profit
  • Loss Minimization
  • Efficiency
  • Short-Run Supply?
  • Unit 4 Summary
  • Unit 5: Regulation
  • Inefficiency
  • Antitrust Laws
  • Regulatory Pricing
  • Unit 5 Summary
  • Course Home
    Monopoly

    While this lesson on monopoly is not necessarily a "how to" guide for the monopolization of a market, it does provide insight into the nature and function of the monopoly market structure. We get a little insight into how a monopoly is created, and a lot of insight into what a monopoly does once it does have control of the market. Throughout this lesson, I'll me making snide comments about how inefficient monopoly is compared to more competitive markets.

    • The first unit of this lesson, One Firm, begins this lesson with a look at the nature of monopoly and how it is related to other market structures.
    • In the second unit, Revenue, we examine the revenue side of a market dominated by monopoly -- including total revenue, average revenue, and marginal revenue.
    • The third unit, Output, then looks at the profit-maximizing output production decision by a monopoly using assorted graphs and tables.
    • In the fourth unit, Evaluation, we analyze the profit-maximizing decision of monopoly in terms of profit, loss, efficiency, and short-run supply.
    • The fifth and final unit, Regulation, then closes this lesson by considering the role government plays in regulating monopoly.

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    The process in which reserves or funds are transferred among banks to settle the accounts of checks written on one account and deposited into another. Check clearing is the heart and sole of daily banking activity and the final step in the use of checkable deposits as the medium of exchange for conducting transactions in the economy. Check clearing is facilitated by central clearinghouses, including the Federal Reserve System and a number of private organizations. The check clearing process is also a key component of the money creation process.

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