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DISCRETIONARY INCOME: After-tax income over which a person (or the entire household sector) has more or less complete discretionary control, which can be then used for either consumption or saving. Discretionary income is most commonly measured at the macroeconomic level by disposable income.

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Lesson Contents
Unit 1: Intro
  • Definition
  • Market Structure Continuum
  • Real World Oligopoly
  • Structure And Behavior
  • Unit 1 Summary
  • Unit 2: Structure
  • Concentration
  • Concentration Ratios
  • Herfindahl Index
  • Entry Barriers
  • Unit 2 Summary
  • Unit 3: Behavior
  • Interdependence
  • Collusion
  • Merger
  • Unit 3 Summary
  • Unit 4: Analysis
  • Kinked-Demand Curve
  • Kinked-Demand Curve Analysis
  • Collusion Cost
  • Collusion Output
  • Game Theory
  • Unit 4 Summary
  • Unit 5: Evaluation
  • The Bad
  • The Good
  • Government Intervention?
  • Unit 5 Summary
  • Course Home
    Oligopoly

    • The first unit of this lesson, A Few Firms, begins this lesson with a look at the nature of oligopoly and how it is related to other market structures.
    • In the second unit, Structure, we see how markets with a small number of large firms are structured.
    • The third unit, Behavior, then looks at some of activities undertaken by oligopoly that are not seen in other market structures.
    • In the fourth unit, Some Graphs, we use a few graphs to examine different ways that oligopoly firms interact in the production of output.
    • The fifth and final unit, Taking Stock, then closes this lesson by considering the good and the bad of oligopoly and why it is often prone to government scrutiny.

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