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OLIGOPOLY AND MONOPOLISTIC COMPETITION: Oligopoly and monopolistic competition have some similarities, but also have a few important differences. Both are examples of imperfect competition on the market structure continuum between ideals of perfect competition and monopoly. However, oligopoly contains a small number of large firms and monopolistic competition contains a large number of small firms. The dividing line between oligopoly and monopolistic competition can be blurred due to the number of firms in the industry.

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ECONOMIC THINKING: A way of looking at, and analyzing, the way the world works by comparing the costs of an action with the benefits generated. Economic thinking arises from scarcity, which exists because wants and needs and unlimited but resources are limited. This means virtually all actions incur an opportunity cost. Identifying the cost of an action, no matter how hidden or subtle it may be, is the essence of economic thinking.

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CAPITAL

The manufactured, artificial, or synthetic goods used in the production of other goods, making capital the "produced" factor of production. This is one of four basic categories of resources, or factors of production. The other three are labor, land, and entrepreneurship. Capital makes labor more productive.

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A communal society, a prime component of Karl Marx's communist philosophy, was advocated by the Greek philosophy Plato.
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