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ARBITRAGE: Buying something in one market then immediately (or as soon as possible) selling it in another market for (hopefully) a higher price. Arbitrage is a common practice in financial markets. For example, an aspiring financial tycoon might buy a million dollars worth of Japanese yen in the Tokyo foreign exchange market then resell it immediately in the New York foreign exchange market for more than a million dollars. Arbitrage of this sort does two things. First, it often makes arbitragers wealthy. Second, it reduces or eliminates price differences that exist between two markets for the same good.

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Lesson 16: Aggregate Shocks | Unit 1: Instability Page: 3 of 21

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  • The aggregate market as a tool to analyze the macroeconomy and its adjustments toward equilibrium.
  • How aggregate market adjustments are important to the difference between short-run equilibrium and long-run equilibrium.
  • That the aggregate market curves--AD, LRAS, and SRAS--are constructed assuming other (ceteris paribus) things remain unchanged.
  • Ceteris paribus determinants as the source of business cycle fluctuations away from the long-run, full employment growth trend of the economy.

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DUOPOLY

An oligopoly market structure containing exactly two firms. As an oligopoly, duopoly exhibits the oligopolistic characteristics and undertakes oligopolistic behavior, such as barriers to entry, interdependent actions, and nonprice competition. While duopoly, in its purest form of EXACTLY two firms in the industry, is seldom found in the real world, it does provide an excellent, easy to use illustration of oligopoly. In fact, most instructional analysis of oligopoly generally assumes a two-firm, duopoly market.

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