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COMPETITION ALONG A LINE: A basic analysis of location theory that demonstrates how and why competing firms tend to locate next to each other. This analysis indicates that as firms attempt to attract customers from each other, they edge increasingly closer. In particular, while an efficient situation (indicated by minimum transportation cost) is obtained by a more disperse location of firms, competition brings them together and creates inefficiency (by increasing transportation cost)

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ASSUMPTION: An initial condition or statement that sets the stage for an analysis by abstracting from the real world. Assumptions are important to economic theories and economic analysis. Some assumptions are used to simplify a complex analysis into more easily manageable parts. These establish idealistic benchmarks that can be used to evaluate real world conditions. Other assumptions are used as control conditions that are subsequently changed to evaluate the effect of the change. The use of ceteris paribus assumptions in comparative statics analysis is an excellent example.

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FREE LUNCH

The consumption of hunger-satisfying food products during the middle of the day, usually around the noon hour, the acquisition of which requires no payment by the consumer and presumably imposes no opportunity cost on society. The food is lunch, the acquisition is free, hence free lunch.

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