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OVER-THE-COUNTER MARKET: A market that trades corporate stocks and other securities using a computerized network of dealers rather than an organized exchange. Over-the-counter market is most often used in reference to the National Association of Securities Dealers. Stocks traded over the counter tend to be smaller, less well-known, technology based firms. Start-up firms often begin offering their stock over the counter, then once established they move to organized exchanges, especially the New York Stock Exchange or the American Stock Exchange.

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Lesson 8: Market Shocks | Unit 2: Determinants Page: 6 of 20

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Five basic supply determinants:
  • Resource prices: Higher prices of inputs such as labor, land, and raw material, decrease supply.
  • Technology: Improved technology means an increase in supply.
  • Prices of other goods: An increase in the price of a substitute-in-production, decreases supply. An increase in the price of a complement-in-production, increases supply.
  • Seller's expectations: If sellers expect higher prices tomorrow, they decrease supply today.
  • Number of sellers: More sellers mean more supply.

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The state of resource allocation that exists when the highest level of consumer satisfaction is achieved from available resources. This state can be accomplished through markets when the price buyers are willing and able to pay for a good--based on the satisfaction obtained--is equal to the price sellers need to charge for a good--based on the opportunity cost of production.

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