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PRICE FIXING: An agreement by two or more firms in an industry to charge the same price and avoid competing with each other. This is one of the methods businesses use to practice collusion or form a cartel. It is, by the way, against antitrust law.

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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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AVERAGE TOTAL COST

Total cost per unit of output, found by dividing total cost by the quantity of output. When compared with price (per unit revenue), average total cost (ATC) indicates the per unit profitability of a profit-maximizing firm. Average total cost is one of three average cost concepts important to short-run production analysis. The other two are average fixed cost and average variable cost. A related concept is marginal cost.

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Okun's Law posits that the unemployment rate increases by 1% for every 2% gap between real GDP and full-employment real GDP.
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