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IMPERFECT COMPETITION: Any markets or industries that do not match the criteria for perfect competition. The key characteristics of perfect competition are: (1) a large number of small firms, (2) identical products sold by all firms, (3) freedom of entry into and exit out of the industry, and (4) perfect knowledge of prices and technology. These four characteristics are essentially impossible to match in the real world.

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Lesson 1: Economic Basics | Unit 5: Policies Page: 17 of 18

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  • The use of government policies to pursue the five economic goals of a mixed economy.
  • The four government policies used to pursue economic goals: fiscal, monetary, regulatory, judicial.
  • The five reasons for government action: instability, public goods, limited competition, externalities, and inadequate information.
  • The four imperfections of government action: voter apathy, special interest groups, re-election minded politicians, and complex bureaucracies.

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MARGINAL REVENUE CURVE, MONOPOLY

A curve that graphically represents the relation between the marginal revenue received by a monopoly for selling its output and the quantity of output sold. Because a monopoly is a price maker and faces a negatively-sloped demand curve, its marginal revenue curve is also negatively sloped and lies below its average revenue (and demand) curve. A monopoly maximizes profit by producing the quantity of output found at the intersection of the marginal revenue curve and marginal cost curve.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time at a going out of business sale wanting to buy either a set of luggage with wheels or a birthday gift for your aunt. Be on the lookout for telephone calls from former employers.
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General Electric is the only stock from the original 1896 Dow Jones Industrial Average remaining in the current index.
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