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COMPETITION: In general, the actions of two or more rivals in pursuit of the same objective. In the context of markets, the specific objective is either selling goods to buyers or alternatively buying goods from sellers. Competition tends to come in two varieties -- competition among the few, which is market with a small number of sellers (or buyers), such that each seller (or buyer) has some degree of market control, and competition among the many, which is a market with so many buyers and sellers that none is able to influence the market price or quantity exchanged.

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Lesson 9: Macro Basics | Unit 4: Policies Page: 12 of 16

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People can take different views of government and economic polices that depend on political philosophies.
  • Liberal Democrat: The view that government is the only way to keep the economy running smoothly, using paternalistic, hands-on policies. If a problem arises, then government is the answer.
  • Conservative Republican: The view that government is the problem, not the solution. The best government is the least government because it is a tyrannical oppressor of individual rights and freedoms.
  • One view or the other is usually the basis of an economic policy.
The government can be the solution and it can be the problem.

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AVERAGE REVENUE AND MARGINAL REVENUE

A mathematical connection between average revenue and marginal revenue stating that the change in the average revenue depends on a comparison between average revenue and marginal revenue. For perfect competition, with no market control, marginal revenue is equal to average revenue, and average revenue does not change. For monopoly and other firms with market control, marginal revenue is less than average revenue, and average revenue falls.

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