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VERTICAL ADDITION: In graphical analysis, the technique of combining two curves by adding the value of the variable on the vertical or Y axis for a given value of the variable on the horizontal or X axis. This is commonly used for deriving the demand curve for a public good from a set of individual demand curves. The demand price that each individual buyer is willing to pay is added for a given quantity to identify the total benefits obtained.

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BREAKEVEN OUTPUT: The quantity of output in which the total revenue is equal to total cost such that a firm earns exactly a normal profit, but no economic profit. Breakeven output can be identified by the intersection of the total revenue curve and total cost curve, or by the intersection of the average total cost curve and average revenue curve. The most straightforward way of noting breakeven output, however, is with the profit curve. For a perfectly competitive firm breakeven output occurs where price is equal to average total cost.

     See also | quantity | total revenue | total cost | normal profit | economic profit | total revenue curve | total cost curve | average total cost curve | average revenue curve | profit curve | perfect competition |


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TAX WEDGE

The difference between demand price and supply price that is created when a tax is imposed on a market. Placing a tax on a market disrupts what otherwise would be an equilibrium equality between demand price and supply price. A tax wedge results because the tax is included in the demand price paid by buyers but not in the supply price received by sellers. With standard demand (negative slope) and supply (positive slope) curves, the incidence of the tax (who pays) is divided between buyers and sellers.

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