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SOCIAL REGULATION: Government regulation that addresses specific social problems, including pollution, product safety, worker safety, and discrimination. The late 1960s and early 1970s was a period of considerable social regulation. Within a 10-year period the government established several regulatory agencies, including Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Consumer Product Safety Commission, to deal with social problems.

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DEMAND DECREASE: A decrease in the willingness and ability of buyers to buy a good at the existing price, illustrated by a leftward shift of the demand curve. A decrease in demand results in a decrease in equilibrium quantity and a decrease in equilibrium price.

     See also | demand | demand curve | demand price | demand determinants | equilibrium quantity | equilibrium price | equilibrium | preferences | income, demand determinant | other prices | substitute-in-consumption | complement-in-consumption | buyers' expectations | number of buyers | demand increase | supply increase | supply decrease |


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PERFECT COMPETITION, LOSS MINIMIZATION

A perfectly competitive firm is presumed to produce the quantity of output that minimizes economic losses, if price is greater than average variable cost but less than average total 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 shutdown (if price is less than average variable cost).

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