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FALLACY OF COMPOSITION: The logical fallacy of arguing that what is true for the parts is also true for the whole. In the study of economics, this takes the form of assuming that what works for parts of the economy, such as households or businesses also works for the aggregate, or macroeconomy. The contrasting fallacy, which you might want to examine next, is the fallacy of division.

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An understanding of economics also involves:

Scarcity. We have limited resources, but unlimited wants and needs. The study of economics is essentially the study of scarcity.
Opportunity Cost. Using resources for one alternative prevents using them for another. Opportunity cost is the highest valued alternative.
Analysis. Economics is an analytical discipline that answers 'What if...?' questions.

Scarcity dictates that we must answer the three basic questions of allocation are:
  • What? What goods and services will be produced with society's resources?
  • How? How will society's resources be used to produce the goods and services?
  • For whom? Who receives the goods and services produced with society's resources?

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OLIGOPOLY AND MONOPOLISTIC COMPETITION

Oligopoly and monopolistic competition have some similarities, but also have a few important differences. Both are examples of imperfect competition on the market structure continuum between ideals of perfect competition and monopoly. However, oligopoly contains a small number of large firms and monopolistic competition contains a large number of small firms. The dividing line between oligopoly and monopolistic competition can be blurred due to the number of firms in the industry.

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Only 1% of the U.S. population paid income taxes when the income tax was established in 1914.
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