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LONG-RUN ADJUSTMENT: The combined adjustment of an industry and of each firm in the industry to an equilibrium condition that based on (1) profit maximization when all inputs are variable and (2) the entry and exit of firms. The complete adjustment is undertaken by both perfect competition and monopolistic competition. There are two parts of this adjustment process. One is the adjustment of each firm to the appropriate factory size that maximizes long-run profit. The other is the entry of firms into the industry or exit of firms out of the industry, to eliminated economic profits or economic losses. The end result of this long-run adjustment is different for the two market structures based on the fact that perfect competition has equality between price and marginal revenue, while monopolistic competition does not.

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Lesson 10: Gross Domestic Product | Unit 1: Measuring Production Page: 2 of 25

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Let's highlight the phrase 'total market value' in this definition of GDP.

First, total. GDP seeks to measure ALL production of goods and services in the economy.

Second, market value. Market prices indicate the value of goods. We measure the total value of production by multiplying the quantity produced and traded through markets by market prices. GDP is the aggregation of the market value of all goods.

  • Market transactions provide an excellent source of information that can be used for calculating GDP.
  • Dollars (market prices) provide a common denominator for aggregating different goods.

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FOREIGN SECTOR

The aggregate macroeconomic sector that contains everyone and everything beyond the political boundaries of the domestic economy--including households, businesses, and governments in other countries. The primary function of the foreign sector is to undertake external activity that is outside the control of the domestic economy. This is one of the four macroeconomic sectors. The other three are household sector, business sector, and government sector.

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