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LONG-RUN INDUSTRY SUPPLY CURVE: The relation between market price and the quantity supplied by all firms in a perfectly competitive industry after the industry as completed its long-run adjustment. The long-run industry supply curve effectively traces out a series of equilibrium prices and quantities the reflect long-run adjustments of a perfectly competitive industry to demand shocks. This long-run adjustment can take one of three paths: increasing, decreasing, and constant. These three adjustment paths indicate an increasing-cost industry, decreasing-cost industry, and constant-cost industry, respectively.

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Lesson 5: Demand | Unit 5: Scarcity Page: 19 of 20

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Demand is closely related to the scarcity problem, especially unlimited wants and needs.
  • Scarcity arises because society has limited resources but unlimited wants and needs.
  • The connection between demand and scarcity is:
    • The demand side of the markets comes directly from the unlimited wants and needs side of the scarcity problem, and
    • The supply side of the market comes from the limited resources side of the scarcity problem.

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SELF CORRECTION, MARKET

The automatic process in which markets adjust from disequilibrium to equilibrium. With this self-correction process, the market price either increases or decreases in response to a shortage or a surplus to restore the balance between quantity demanded and quantity supplied. This process works automatically to achieve equilibrium without the need for outside intervention, such as government regulation.

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