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INCOME CHANGE, UTILITY ANALYSIS: A disruption of consumer equilibrium identified with utility analysis caused by changes in the buyers' income, which results in a change in the quantities of the goods consumed. The change in buyers' income alters the income constraint and forces a reevaluation of the rule of consumer equilibrium.

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COMPETITIVE MARKET: A market with a large number of buyers and a large number of sellers, such that no single buyer or seller is able to influence the price or any other aspect of the market -- no one has any market control. A competitive market achieves efficiency in the use of our scarce resources if there are no market failures present.

     See also | market | competition | price | quantity | equilibrium | efficiency | market control | regulation | demand price | supply price | satisfaction | opportunity cost | Pareto efficiency |

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Payments made to scarce resources, or the factors of production (labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship), in return for productive services. Factor payments are frequently categorized according to the services of the productive resource being rewarded. Wages are paid for the services of labor; interest is the payment for the services of capital, rent is the services for land, and profit is the factor payment to entrepreneurship.

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