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IMPLICIT COLLUSION: Seemingly independent, but parallel actions among competing firms (mostly oligopolistic firms) in an industry that achieve higher prices and profits, much as if guided by an explicit collusion agreement. Also termed tacit collusion, the distinguishing feature of implicit collusion is the lack of any explicit agreement. They key is that each firm seems to be acting independently, perhaps each responding to the same market conditions, but the end result is the same as an explicit agreement. This should be contrasted with explicit or overt collusion that does involve a formal, explicit agreement.

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Lesson 2: Economic Science | Unit 1: The Method Page: 2 of 20

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The scientific method has four important parts:
  • Theory: A theory is a scientifically accepted, interrelated body of general principles used to explain and understand some aspect of the world.
  • Principles: A principle is a generally accepted, verified, fundamental laws of nature. Principles establish cause and effect relations about the real world.
  • Hypotheses: An hypothesis is a reasonable proposition about the workings of the world that is inspired or implied by a theory and which may or may not be true.
  • Data: These are observations about what is actually happening in the real world. Data are used to validate or verify hypotheses and are essential to the scientific method.

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MARGINAL REVENUE, MONOPOLY

The change in total revenue resulting from a change in the quantity of output sold. Marginal revenue indicates how much extra revenue a monopoly receives for selling an extra unit of output. It is found by dividing the change in total revenue by the change in the quantity of output. Marginal revenue is the slope of the total revenue curve and is one of two revenue concepts derived from total revenue. The other is average revenue. To maximize profit, a monopoly equates marginal revenue and marginal cost.

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