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X-INEFFICIENCY: Cost that is higher than it needs to be because a firm is operating inefficiently. This is most often seen for firms that have a great deal of market control, especially monopoly. The lack of competition allows a business to pad it's expenses, hire unneeded employees (like relatives), goof off instead of working, and all sorts of other things that lessen production and increase cost. The business is not penalized for these actions, because market control allows the company to extract whatever price is needed to cover cost.

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Lesson Contents
Unit 1: Intro
  • Factor Market
  • Two Sides
  • Equilibrium
  • Competition
  • Circular Flow
  • Unit 1 Summary
  • Unit 2: Market Control
  • Selling Side
  • Buying Side
  • Monopsony
  • Imperfect Competition
  • Unit 2 Summary
  • Unit 3: Perfect Competition
  • Many Buyers
  • Employment
  • Efficiency
  • Unit 3 Summary
  • Unit 4: Monopsony
  • One Buyer
  • Employment
  • Efficiency
  • Unit 4 Summary
  • Unit 5: Bilateral Monopoly
  • Monopoly
  • Two Sides
  • Four Marginal Curves
  • Employment
  • Unit 5 Summary
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    Factor Market Equilibrium

    My duties for this lesson are to examine how the two sides of the factor market -- factor demand and factor supply -- come together to form the factor market. Like other markets, we are concerned with equilibrium and competition. The analysis of factor markets has an added bonus. It lets us examine market control from the buying side to balance other analysis of market control from the selling side. The cornerstone phrase capturing this buying-side market control is monopsony.

    • The first unit of this lesson, The Foundation, begins by reviewing factor demand and factor supply and seeing how they come together to form the factor market.
    • In the second unit, Market Control, we see how market control on the selling side of a factor market gives rise to assorted market structures, like monopsony.
    • The third unit, Perfect Competition, then takes a look at equilibrium in factor markets that operate under the guidelines of perfect competition.
    • In the fourth unit, Monopsony, we extend the analysis to factor markets with control on the buying side, especially monopsony.
    • The fifth and final unit, Bilateral Monopoly, then analyzes factor markets with monopoly control on the selling side to counter monopsony control on the buying side.

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    FACTOR MARKET ANALYSIS

    An analysis of the structure and equilibrium determination of markets that exchange the services of productive resources. This analysis highlights principles and concepts that tend to be most commonly associated with factor markets (also termed resource markets), including monopsony and bilateral monopoly. Marginal revenue product is a key concept on the demand side of the factor market. Marginal factor cost is a key concept on the supply side of the factor market.

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