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PERFECT COMPETITION, LONG-RUN PRODUCTION ANALYSIS: In the long run, a perfectly competitive firm adjusts plant size, or the quantity of capital, to maximize long-run profit. In addition, the entry and exit of firms into and out of a perfectly competitive market guarantees that each perfectly competitive firm earns nothing more or less than a normal profit. As a perfectly competitive industry reacts to changes in demand, it traces out positive, negative, or horizontal long-run supply curve due to increasing, decreasing, or constant cost.

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HISTORICAL COST: An accounting principle stating that expenses are recorded in terms of original or acquisition cost. Such a practice does not necessarily indicate the opportunity cost or current market value.

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MARKET SHARE

The fraction of an industry's total sales or some other activity accounted for by one or more firms in the industry. An individual firm is often concerned with its "share of the market" as an indication of "success." Market share is also key to the analysis of market structure, market control, and industry concentration--especially for oligopoly. It can be used to indicated the degree concentration and market control of one or more firms in an industry. It can be used alone or to calculate concentration ratios and the Herfindahl index.

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