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LABOR: One of the four basic categories of resources, or factors of production (the other three are capital, land, and entrepreneurship). Labor is the services and efforts of humans that are used for production. While labor is commonly thought of as those who work in factories, it includes all human efforts (except entrepreneurship), such as those provided by clerical workers, technicians, professionals, managers, and even company presidents.

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Lesson 8: Market Shocks | Unit 1: Adjustments Page: 2 of 20

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There are three basic questions about market changes which we need to ask in this lesson.

Three questions:

  • What causes the market to move? What shocks the market? What disrupts the market from it's existing equilibrium?
  • What are the consequences of the move to the market? What is the price and quantity at the new market equilibrium?
  • Is the market move good or bad? How does the new equilibrium compare with the old? Is the price higher or lower? Is the quantity greater or less? Three Questions

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PERFECT COMPETITION, REALISM

Perfect competition is an idealized market structure that does NOT exist in the real world. While some real world industries might come relatively close to one or two of the four key characteristics of perfect competition, none matches all four sufficiently that they can be declared PERFECTLY competitively. Some industries come close on the large number of small firms and the identical product characteristics. A few industries have relatively good, although not perfect, information about prices and technology. However, almost all industries fall far short of the perfect mobility characteristics.

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