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ORGANIZED LABOR: The general term used when referring to the collection of labor unions representing the interests of workers. Of course, to be "organized" labor, labor needs to "organized," which is what labor unions are all about. Prior to the onset of the labor union movement in the mid-1800s, labor was not organized, meaning that each and every worker acted independently in the pursuit of wages, fringe benefits, or improved working conditions. Even in modern times, organized labor represents only a fraction of the total labor force in the United States, something less than a fourth.

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Inefficient use of resources can result from:
  • The fourth rule of competition-with less competition buyers or sellers control the price. The quantity is too little and the demand price is greater than the supply price.
  • The seventh rule of complexity-costs or benefits external to the market (externalities) cause differences between the value of goods produced and goods not produced, even though market demand and supply prices are equal.
  • The fifth rule of imperfection-markets are not perfect.
    • Scarcity implies the lack of competition.
    • Complexity implies externalities.
Efficiency is a goal, not a perpetual state of the world.

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LAW OF DEMAND

The inverse relationship between demand price and the quantity demanded, assuming ceteris paribus factors are held constant. This fundamental economic principle indicates that a decrease the price of a commodity results in an increase in the quantity of the commodity that buyers are willing and able to purchase in a given period of time, if other factors are held constant. The law of demand is one of the most important principles found in the study of economics.

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