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OWNERSHIP LIABILITY: The extent to which the owners of a business are liable for the debts of the company. The two basic liability alternatives are unlimited liability, which has no restrictions on ownership liability, and limited liability, which does have restrictions. Ownership liability is one characteristic separating legal business organizations. Proprietorships and partnerships have unlimited liability. Corporations have limited liability.

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GAME THEORY: An analysis that illustrates how choices between two plays affect the outcome of a "game." Game theory is commonly used in economics to illustrate interdependent decision-making among oligopoly firms. It illustrates that one firm makes a decision based on the decision expected from the other firm. One key conclusion from the game theory analysis is that firms often make decisions that are "second best" or the "lesser of two evils." The classic example of such a decision is the prisoners' dilemma, in which two prisoners both confess to a crime to avoid harsher punishment when not confessing would avoid any punishment.

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CONSTANT-COST INDUSTRY

A perfectly competitive industry with a horizontal long-run industry supply curve that results because expansion of the industry causes no change in production cost or resource prices. A constant-cost industry occurs because the entry of new firms, prompted by an increase in demand, does not affect the long-run average cost curve of individual firms, which means the minimum efficient scale of production does not change.

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