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DOMINANT FIRM: A term employed in industrial organization to describe a firm that is a price maker and faces little competition from smaller price taking firms, called fringe firms. A firm can become a dominant firm because it has lower costs than fringe firms, because they have a superior differentiated product in the market or because a group of firms collectively act as a single firm. A dominant firm usually has a large market share.

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Lesson 8: Market Shocks | Unit 5: Cause and Effect Page: 18 of 20

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Economic analysis lets us examine market shocks in a systematic manner.
  • Many things affect the market. Prices and quantities can fall or raise for many different reasons.
  • Ceteris paribus lets us isolate particular changes in the demand and supply determinants to analyze how price and quantity are affected.
  • This market-shock analysis lets us isolate the basic cause and effect principles of economic science.

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AGGREGATE SUPPLY DETERMINANTS

An assortment of ceteris paribus factors that affect short-run and long-run aggregate supply, but which are assumed constant when the short-run and long-run aggregate supply curves are constructed. Changes in any of the aggregate supply determinants cause the short-run and/or long-run aggregate supply curves to shift. While a wide variety of specific ceteris paribus factors can cause the aggregate supply curves to shift, they are commonly grouped into three broad categories--resource quantity, resource quality, and resource price.

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The first "Black Friday" on record, a friday marked by a major financial catastrophe, occurred on September 24, 1869 -- A FRIDAY -- when an attempted cornering of the gold market induced a financial crises and economy-wide depression.
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