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ALLOCATION: The process of distributing resources for the production of goods and services, and of distributing goods and services for consumption by households. This process of allocation is essential to an economy's effort to address the problem of scarcity. An allocation is efficient if the resources, goods, and services are distributed according to the economy's highest valued uses.

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CUSTOMS UNION: An agreement among two or more nations to eliminate trade restrictions with each other and to adopt a common trade policy with other nations. There is, however, no effort to allow free movement of resources among the countries nor to adopt common monetary or fiscal policies. This is considered the second of four levels of integration among nations. See common market, economic union, free-trade area for the other three levels.

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OLIGOPSONY

A market characterized by a small number of large buyers controlling the buying-side of a market. Oligopsony is the buying-side equivalent of a selling-side oligopoly. Much as a oligopoly is a market dominated by a few large sellers, oligopsony is a market dominated by a few large buyers. While oligopsony could be analyzed for any type of market it tends to be most relevant for factor markets in which a handful of firms control the buying of a factor. Two related buying side market structures are monopsony and monopsonistic competition.

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