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MARKET ADJUSTMENT: The economic analysis of the changes in market equilibrium caused by changes in the demand determinants and supply determinants. Given the two curves that comprise the market--the demand curve and the supply curve; each of which can increase or decrease; market adjustment comes in eight varieties. Four involve a shift of EITHER the demand curve OR the supply curve. The other four involve a shift of BOTH the demand curve AND the supply curve.

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The six steps for a decrease in demand:
  • A determinant changes. The price of pecan pie, a substitute for hot fudge sundaes, declines.
  • A curve to shifts. The demand curve for hot fudge sundaes shifts leftward.
  • A shortage or a surplus occurs. The decrease in demand causes a surplus of hot fudge sundaes.
  • The price changes. The price of hot fudge sundaes goes down.
  • The quantities demanded and supplied change. The quantity supplied for hot fudge sundaes decreases while their quantity demand is increased.
  • The market imbalance is eliminated and equilibrium is restored. The surplus of hot fudge sundaes is eliminated. The price is lower and the quantity exchanged is less.

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OLIGOPOLY AND MONOPOLY

Oligopoly and monopoly have some similarities, both tend to be relatively large and possess significant market control, but also have a few important differences, oligopoly market has more than one firm. The dividing line between oligopoly and monopoly, however, can be blurred due to the closeness of substitutes and the inclination of oligopoly firms to collude.

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