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CETERIS PARIBUS: A Latin term meaning that all other factors are held unchanged. The ceteris paribus assumption is used to isolate the effect one economic factor has on another. Without this assumption, it would be difficult to determine cause and effect in the economy. Relaxing the ceteris paribus assumption is the primary analytical technique used in the study of economics, especially when analyzing the market. Much like a chemist adds one chemical at a time to a mixture to determine the resulting reaction, an economist relaxes one ceteris paribus assumption at a time to observe the results.

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CONGLOMERATE MERGER: The consolidation under a single ownership of two separately-owned businesses, in totally, completely separate industries. An example of a conglomerate merger would be an athletic shoe company merging with a soft drink company. A conglomerate merger should be contrasted with horizontal merger -- two competing firms in the same industry that sell the same products; and vertical merger -- two firms in different stages of the production of one good, such that the output of one business is the input of the other.

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PERFECT COMPETITION, SHUTDOWN

A perfectly competitive firm is presumed to shutdown production and produce no output in the short run, if price is less than average variable cost. This is one of three short-run production alternatives facing a firm. The other two are profit maximization (if price exceeds average total cost) and loss minimization (if price is greater than average variable cost but less than average total cost).

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