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RIVAL CONSUMPTION: Consumption of a good by one person imposes a cost on, or prevents consumption of the good by, another person. Some goods, like food, have extremely rival consumption. One person, and only one person, gets the benefit. Other goods, like national defense, have no consumption rivalry, everyone can benefit simultaneously without imposing a cost on others. This is one of the two key characteristics of a good (the other is excludability) that distinguishes between common-property goods, near-public goods, private goods, and public goods.

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INDEPENDENT VARIABLE: A variable that is identified outside the workings of the model. Also termed an exogenous variable, an independent variable is in essence the "input" of the model. It should be compared with an endogenous variable this is the "output" of the model.

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QUANTITY SUPPLIED

The specific quantity of a good that sellers are willing and able to sell at a specific supply price. The key word is "specific." Quantity supplied and supply price form matched pairs--one quantity, one price. The combination of all price-quantity pairs is then what constitutes supply. The supply curve is a plot of the quantity supplied at each supply price.

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