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FIRM OBJECTIVES: The standard economic assumption underlying the analysis of firms is profit maximization. Firms are assumed to make decisions that will increase profit. Generally speaking, profit maximization is the process of obtaining the highest possible level of economic profit through the production and sales of goods and services. For a more thorough discussion of this topic, see the profit maximization entry. Real world firms might pursue other objectives including: (1) sales maximization, (2) pursuit of personal welfare, and (3) pursuit of social welfare. In some cases, these other objectives help a firm pursue profit maximization. In other cases, they prevent a firm from maximizing profit.

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DEMAND DETERMINANTS: Five basic ceteris paribus factors that affect demand, but which are assumed constant when a demand curve is constructed. Changes in any one causes a shift of the demand curve. The five demand determinants are: income, preferences, other prices, buyers' expectations, and number of buyers.

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


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INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

A branch of the Department of Treasury that is responsible for collecting federal income taxes and administering the Internal Revenue Code. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the office of the U.S. government that collects the tax revenue needed to purchase goods, pay administrative expenses, and finance assorted government functions. The IRS was established during the Civil War in 1862, but underwent a major overhaul in 1913 when the 16th amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave it the power to collect income taxes.

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