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PERFECT COMPETITION, FACTOR MARKET ANALYSIS: The analysis of a factor market characterized by perfect competition indicates that each buyer maximizes profit by equating marginal revenue product to the factor price. This achieves an efficient allocation of resources and provides a benchmark for analyzing other factor market structures, including monopsony, monopoly, and bilateral monopoly.

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BUSINESS TRANSFER PAYMENTS: A payment by the business sector to the household sector without any corresponding production or expectations of production. Business transfer payments are essentially gifts, or subsidies, made to the household sector from the business sector. This is one of several key differences between national income (the resource cost of production) and gross/net domestic product (the market value of production). For further discussion of this point, see gross domestic product and national income or net domestic product and national income. business transfer payments, abbreviated BTP, tend to be quite small, invariably less than 1% of gross domestic product.

     See also | business sector | household sector | production | subsidy | transfer payment | national income | gross domestic product | net domestic product | gross domestic product and national income | net domestic product and national income |


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VARIABLE INPUT

An input whose quantity can be changed in the time period under consideration. The most common example of a variable input is labor. Variable inputs provide the means used by a firm to control short-run production. The alternative to variable input is fixed input. A fixed input, like capital, provides the capacity constraint in production. As larger quantities of a variable input, like labor, are added to a fixed input like capital, the variable input becomes less productive, which is the law of diminishing marginal returns.

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